Hurley Goes House-hunting

Lost co-star Jorge Garcia loves Hawaii and is looking to buy a home in Lanikai, but the local paparazzi are starting to drive him crazy

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Friday - October 06, 2006
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Garcia, on the Lost set<br />
with his Dachshund/Chihuahua Nunu
Garcia, on the Lost set with his Dachshund/Chihuahua

LOST star Jorge (pronounced hor-hay) Garcia has found his new home - Hawaii. Now, he just needs to find a house.

That’s right, the laid-back funny guy who plays Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on the Emmy-winning TV show Lost, is house-hunting on Oahu. His pick would be a home with a cottage in Lanikai, the same neighborhood where many of his Lost cast mates live.

“Right now I have a cottage where I live so when people visit I put them in the cottage, and they have their own fridge and their own shower and no one’s on my couch,” says Garcia, 33, who lives in Kailua. “When I booked the job with Lost, I put the invite out. I announced in my acting class, ‘Listen, guys, I’m moving to Hawaii so all of you have a place to stay if you ever want to come out here.’ And I’ve had friends come out quite often. Also, I bring my parents out about once or twice a year. They like having a regular vacation in Hawaii.”

Garcia was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. He attended high school in San Clemente and says the similarities between his hometown and Kailua helped to make the move to Hawaii easy.

“Kailua reminds me a lot of what downtown San Clemente is like - a lot of small boutique shops, very simple with one main drag,” he explains. “Hawaii is home base now for sure, and I can definitely see making it (long-term). Between season one and season two, I moved out of my L.A. apartment. I like this place a lot. I’ve always wanted to live in Hawaii.”

Adjusting to paradise may have been simple. But super celebrity status may take some getting used to.

getting a kiss from the pooch
getting a kiss from the pooch

“The paparazi in Hawaii is different from the paparazi in Los Angeles or New York or even London,” he says. ” There they’re more in your face. You see them. You know they’re there. For example, they’ll pull into the median of the street and hang out of the window and they’ll shoot your picture, but you see them.

“Here, I don’t see anyone. Right now in US Weekly there’s a picture of me coming out of GameStop in Kailua and I have no idea where these pictures are coming from or who’s taking them.

“I’m not used to it yet. You just kind of have to think twice now before trying to go out and buy a gallon of milk.”

A big shocker for Garcia was when pictures surfaced of him and his girlfriend (at the time) at the beach. The pictures showed the couple arriving at the beach, at the beach and leaving the beach.

“The fact that they documented the whole day, it’s just a little creepy,” he says. “Now, I swim with a rash guard all the time just ‘cause, well, I don’t want to give them the good shot - the shot that’ll show up on like who’s got a bad beach body issue or something. Like that’ll be a big surprise.”

“You just have to make the adjustment. When I was an invisible person in L.A., I would think yeah this (shirt) is good enough to go to the store. Now it’s not good enough anymore. Sometimes you have to get it in the back of your head that you’re probably going to get photographed. I used to go to the gym and then run errands, and one

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