HOW often do you hear people talk about how much smartphones have changed and improved their lives?
It’s unlikely you’d have heard it from a celebrity or some sort of public figure. In the past, an actor could safely assume the only time they were being filmed was on set. That’s no longer the case. Just ask Lara Bingle.
After playing Hurley on the hugely successful Lost, Jorge Garcia knows what it is like to be a fan favourite. For devoted fans it used to be about getting an autograph, today it is about landing that pic you can then Tweet and post on Facebook.
‘‘ I was at Disneyland and my girlfriend and I had a small argument. As she walked away from me there were two women after me for a picture,’’ Garcia says. ‘‘ I was like, sure why not, then I had to try to figure out where my girlfriend went.’’
For the most part Garcia takes the attention from fans in the spirit it is intended.
‘‘ The technology
today means everyone has a camera on their phone, so that means the opportunity for them to get a photo is there every time you go out,’’ he says.
Garcia played Hurley on seven seasons of Lost.
After being a staple on TV screens for so long he was keen to take a break.
‘‘ I definitely felt that I was prepared to take some time before I worked again because who knows when the next thing will show up,’’ he says.
The problem for Garcia was that next job arrived far quicker than he thought, and the person offering the job meant turning it down was out of the question.
The role was Dr Diego Soto in Lost creator JJ Abrams’ new series Alcatraz.
‘‘ Because I’m a fan of what he does, he’s a guy you make yourself available for,’’ he says.
What Abrams does best is science fiction and Garcia believes the key to Abrams’ success is that his sci-fi shows are about characters, not special effects. Alcatraz, Channel 9, Monday, 8.30pm