Dominic Monaghan has had himself quite a career, one that has spanned decades, and which has put the actor in some of the biggest films and TV shows of the 2000s. While Monaghan has been an important part of franchises like Lord of the Rings and Lost, what the actor is busy again with his new scifi series, Moonhaven, which was renewed for a second season.
MOONHAVEN GIVES DOMINIC MONAGHAN HIS BIG HOLLYWOOD COMEBACK
In April 2022, AMC+ dropped its first teaser for its sci-fi series Moonhaven. The series is set 100 years into the future, when a community has somehow managed to carve out a new Garden of Eden on The Moon while on Earth humanity fights desperately against extinction.
Dominic Monaghan plays Detective Paul Serno. He teams up with the marooned smuggler Bella Sway to help save Earth. The series also stars Emma McDonald (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Joe Manganiello (Zack Snyder’s Justice League), and Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited). You can watch the teaser below.
HE GOT HIS START ON THE BRITISH SERIES HETTY WAINTHROPP INVESTIGATES
Before Dominic Monaghan took on his role as Merry Brandybuck in Lord of the Rings, he was part of the one series entire four-season run of the British TV series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. This led him to a couple of miniseries projects, This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper and Monsignor Renard, before Peter Jackson made him an offer for his first major franchise.
DOMINIC MONAGHAN’S BREAKOUT CAME WITH HIS ROLE AS MERRY IN PETER JACKSON’S THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Dominic Monaghan gained international claim as Meriadoc Brandybuck in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, which included 2001’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2002’s Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and 2003’s Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. All three films were filmed simultaneously, taking over a year to film on a budget that surpassed $280 million. Monaghan’s role as Merry was important to the trilogy and he became a key character, along with his partner-in-crime, Pippin (Billy Boyd), throughout the trilogy.
Not only did Dominic Monaghan portray Merry on film, but he also lent his voice to the character in video games. He first voiced the role in the video game The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and then again in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II, and finally The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II – The Rise of the Witch-King. Monaghan definitely made a name for himself with all his work in the Lord of the Rings series.
DOMINIC MONAGHAN ALSO FOUND HUGE SUCCESS ON ABC’S HIT SERIES LOST
As the Lord of the Rings whirlwind concluded, Dominic Monaghan was tapped to play Charlie Pace, a drug-addicted former English rock star on the J.J. Abrams series, Lost. Initially, Monaghan auditioned for the role of Sawyer, a part that eventually went to Josh Holloway. The role of Charlie was set up as an aging ‘80s rock star but the producers liked Monaghan’s audition, just not for Sawyer, so they rewrote the part of Charlie to fit Monaghan.
Charlie was one of the main characters in Lost’s first three seasons, dealing with his heroin addiction while stranded on a deserted island. He begins a romantic relationship with Claire (Emilie de Ravin) and also develops a strong bond with Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick). During season 3, Desmond began to foresee Charlie’s death, which happens in the season 3 finale, when Charlie sacrifices himself to save the other survivors.
Dominic Monaghan’s character died in the season 3 finale. However, the island had a way of keeping characters around. Charlie returned for a few more episodes and has a prominent role in the series finale.
HE DATED CO-STAR EVANGELINE LILLY WHEN FILMING LOST, BUT THE RELATIONSHIP ENDED WITH MONAGHAN ALLEGING LILLY CHEATED
For three years of his time on Lost, Dominic Monaghan was in a relationship with co-star Evangeline Lilly. The two never spoke in detail about their time together, having been spotted from time to time together after appearing together at the Golden Globes, but the end was bitter for Monaghan, who on numerous occasions mentioned Lilly cheating on him as the reason the two finally split. In fact, he took to Twitter to make that “casual” announcement.
As his time on Lost was coming to an end, Dominic Monaghan went right into another TV series, Flashforward, which only lasted one season. He would eventually try his hand at other series, including Goodnight Burbank, The Unknown, 100 Code, Quantum Break, and Bite Club. Monaghan also jumped back to feature films starring in movies like The Day, Soldiers of Fortune, Pet, Atomica, and Mute, and he also reunited with his Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams when Abrams gave him a minor role as Beaumont in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.
DOMINIC MONAGHAN ACCUSED LOST CO-STAR MATTHEW FOX OF ASSAULTING WOMEN
Dominic Monaghan caused more uproar in the Twittersphere when he made some controversial comments about his Lost co-star Matthew Fox. This was during a Q&A on Twitter, when a fan began to encourage him to get Fox on the social network. Monaghan responded curtly, “He beats women. No thanks.”
The fan pressed him asking him “What about all the good times you had together?” Monaghan flatly replied, “How do you know we ever did? You don’t know either of us. He beats women. Not isolated incidents. Often.”
It wasn’t long after that Dominic Monaghan defended his Twitter comments in an interview with Vulture, “And I don’t say anything unintentionally. I stand by everything I said.”
“Everything I say defines me, and I don’t apologize for it. It’s an open forum, and people should honor that space. Not only that, if you’re piqued by my comments, go check it out. Do your own research. It’s all out there. It’s not like I’m spilling secrets.”
It took some time, but Fox finally responded to Dominic Monaghan’s accusations in Men’s Journal: “It’s been a long, trying year of sitting on my hands on a lot of negative sh*t said about me, when they’re the furthest things from who I am. In the 46 years I’ve been breathing on this planet, I have never hit a woman before. Never have, never will. I think there’s still gonna be a lot of people out there who’ll think it’s true no matter what. The Cleveland situation, the Monaghan situation – was a pile of bullsh*t, and I’m not gonna waste too much breath on that.”
MONAGHAN CALLED OUT BY WOMEN FOR SENDING VILE MESSAGES AFTER SHE TURNED HIM DOWN
After Dominic Monaghan made headlines by calling out Matthew Fox’s possible abusive behavior, Monaghan would find himself at the center of his own controversy. This came from a woman who claims that Monaghan continued to send her extremely vile text messages. All this after she turned him down repeatedly.
The woman – who didn’t want to give out her name – said they met in a Los Angeles retail store. Eventually, she says they exchanged phone numbers. When she rebuffed his advances for sex, things between them immediately went south.
She shared some of the gross text messages with Radaronline, texts that Dominic Monaghan eventually confessed to be true. In one he writes, “Can you do math? My movies have made over 3 billion dollars.”
“The show I’m currently on that I created plays in 120 countries. When did I ever say I wanted to have sex with you?! You appear riddled with herpes n smell odd. I couldn’t invite you to one of my three houses I’d be nervous you would steal shit.”
DOMINIC MONAGHAN NOW HAS MAJOR CHANCE AT COMEBACK AS MOONHAVEN IS RENEWED
At the end of July, Deadline reported that Dominic Monaghan’s Moonhaven was renewed on AMC+ for a second season. Proving successful to the company, it quickly became the streaming services number one most watched show. Despite this, the dystopian series had mixed reviews on Rotten Tomaoes, with a 65% approval rating among critics and only a 50% audience score.
The first season officially came to conclusion with the sixth episode which aired on August 8th. When news of the second season officially broke, Dominic Monaghan solidified his return to Moonhaven as well. He shared the news on his official Instagram, captioning the screenshot post with the caption, “Off to the moon we go again! @amcplus#becurious.”
Things have started picking up for Dominic Monaghan on the acting front. In 2021 he appeared alongside Morena Baccarin and Mel Gibson in the mystery thriller Last Looks, and opposite Jonathan Rhys Myers in the adventure drama Edge of the World. He’s appearing in the AMC+ science fiction drama Moonhaven, and will be expanding his voice acting resume with the Amazon Prime animated series The Legend of Vox Machina.
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