Matthew Fox is back. After quitting acting eight years ago, the "Lost" alum is headed back to the screen.
The actor, who famously starred in "Party of Five," has returned to acting with his role on Peacock's "Last Light." It's his first gig since 2014.
During a press conference in Monte-Carlo over the weekend, Matthew addressed his reasoning for walking away, saying, "I kind of had a bucket list in my mind of things that I wanted to accomplish in the business, and after I did 'Bone Tomahawk' in 2014 that had kind of completed the bucket list. I wanted to do a Western. It's a very odd Western, but it's a Western. And so that sort of completed the bucket list."
According to Variety, he said his hiatus was tied to his family.
"At that time in my life, our kids were at an age where I felt like I needed to really reengage," he said. "I had been focused on work for some time, and [my wife] Margherita had been running the family so beautifully, but I felt like it was time to be home, and I really felt like I was retiring from the business, and working on other creative elements that are really personal to me – some music and writing."
Despite loving time spent with his family, Matthew still wanted to scratch that Hollywood itch.
"I've just spent seven years living my life with my family and pursuing things that I'm passionate about," he said, "but storytelling is in my DNA in some way, and I felt like this form of storytelling was something that I wanted to reengage with, and see how it felt. And I'm really happy that I did so – it's been good."
For him to return, Matthew said a project had to pique his interest and "Last Light" did that, particularly given that he is an executive producer.
"I kind of got to a point where I thought that maybe the bucket list included executive producing," he said. "I'd never done that before. The opportunity to be involved in 'Last Light' came along, and so I wanted to give it a shot. And it felt like the right time."