Perhaps best known for the wheelchair-bound, contemplative prison inmate on the HBO drama Oz, Harold Perrineau has earned the reputation of a fearless actor willing to take on a variety of roles, which includes a cross dresser in Woman On Top and Romeo and Juliet’s reckless Mercutio. His most recent role is Michael on ABC’s hit series Lost. He plays a survivor of a horrific plane crash, who has just obtained custody of his nine-year old son, Walt, who he barely knows. Walt befriends a yellow Labrador named Vincent, who also survived the crash, and the dog quickly becomes the boy’s best friend on the island.
Vincent is actually “Madison”, a five-year-old female golden lab “actress” on Lost. Madison, like her co-star, Perrineau, is not afraid of crossing genders and playing the opposite sex.
But unlike Perrineau, this is Madison’s first time on television. Madison has experience as a tracking dog and obedience competitor, but no previous experience as an actor. Madison almost did get Lost. Literally, when her trainer asked for a raise. Though the trainer did not get a raise because dogs are not allowed to get raises, Madison is proving her worth through her acting ability. For example, on the second episode we see Madison barking profusely. Now if you know Labs, barking like that is not at all in their nature. Not only is Madison doing great acting, but she is also keeping Perrineau company while he is away from his own dog, Brooklyn.
Perrineau rescued his black Labrador from the North Shore Animal League and fondly named his new canine after his hometown, Brooklyn. Since shooting his new TV series Lost in Hawaii, this versatile actor misses taking his dog to the Central Park tennis courts in New York City where they use to exercise and play early every morning.
Like all doting pet owners, Perrineau never likes to travel without his dog, and luckily for him, Brooklyn may soon be able to join him. Thanks to a new deal, pets no longer need to endure a lengthy, and costly, quarantine upon arriving in Hawaii. To prevent rabies from infecting Hawaii’s animals, a rule was in effect that required animals to be quarantined for up to 120 days (Hawaii is currently the nation’s only state to be rabies-free). Recently though, the state’s Board of Agriculture approved a proposal for a five-day or less quarantine, thus allowing pets to join their owners more quickly.
Despite being apart from Brooklyn, Perrineau has been in good Lab company thanks to Madison. As for Madison, she is building her reputation of becoming a reputable actor in Hollywood, hopefully next year she can get that big raise! My advice to you, Madison, stick around with Perrineau, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a fearless, talented actor who knows the business and definitely won’t get Lost.