Carrie Preston & Michael Emerson: Our Dog Brought Us Together

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updated 06/21/2011 AT 2:20 PM ET

originally published 06/20/2011 AT 3:30 PM ET

Over a little show called Lost, married actors Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston ended up spending the better part of four and a half years apart. Emerson (a.k.a Benjamin Linus) needed to be on location in Hawaii, while Preston stayed in New York City.

Now that the drama’s been off the air for over a year, they’ve had some quality time to bond with each other – and their rescue dog, Chumley.

“To be in a situation where we were with each other pretty much every day for a long time, we realize how much we miss that,” Preston explained at the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of the new comedy Bernie on June 16. “And we got a dog and that really brought us together. It’s just been a very lovely time.”