“Lost” was not all sunshine and rainbows for Evangeline Lilly.
Lilly, 38, reflected on a partially nude scene she performed at the request of the “Lost” creators. That and one subsequent experience were so traumatizing the Canadian actress vowed to never again do a naked scene.
“Lost” co-creators and executive producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse issued a statement to People on Thursday apologizing to Lilly.
“Our response to Evie’s comments this morning in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologize for the experience she detailed while working on ‘Lost’,” the statement read. “We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”
“In season three, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter,” Lilly told The Lost Boys” podcast. “And I was mortified and I was trembling and when it finished, I was crying my eyes out and I had to go on do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.”
“In Season 4, another scene came up where [my character] Kate [Austen] was undressing and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control and I failed to control it again,” Lilly explained. “And so I then said, ‘That’s it, no more. You can write whatever you want—I won’t do it. I will never take my clothes off on this show again.’ and I didn’t.”
But that was not the only problem Lilly had with the creative team. As “Lost” went on, the actress noticed her character development was falling more and more in the realm of cliches and stereotypes.
“Not at the beginning — she was kinda cool [then ]— and then as the show went on, she became more and more predictable and obnoxious,” Lilly told the show. “Because I felt like my character went from being anonymous—really having her own story and her own journey and her own agendas—to chasing to men around the island and that irritated the s**t out of me.”
“And I did throw scripts across rooms when I’d read them because I would get very frustrated by the diminishing amount of autonomy she had and the diminishing amount of her own story there was to play,” the actress admitted.
She played the role of Kate on “Lost” from 2004 to 2010. More recently, Lilly starred opposite Paull Rudd in Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.