Hunky Lost actor JOSH HOLLOWAY stole food and scammed free rides on trains just to survive while waiting for his big break.

The actor, who plays SAWYER on the hit show, moved to Europe at the start of his career and had to endure some lean years.

He says, "(I was) starving actually for the first couple of years. I was stealing food and jumping trains in Italy.

"I travelled all over Europe but I ended up living in Bologna and speaking only Italian. It was very strange.

The actor lived in Europe for over three years, and found success as a model before returning to the US.

He adds, "I came back to New York before going to LA. I didn't know what to do, so I tried acting."