J.J. Abrams and Lost producers have apologised to Evangeline Lilly after the actor said she felt she was “cornered” into filming a partially nude scene on the show.
In a recent interview, Lilly reflected on her time on Lost, which aired for six seasons from 2004 to 2010 on ABC. “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,” she told The Lost Boys podcast.
“And I was mortified and I was trembling 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 four, another scene came up where Kate was undressing, and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control,” she continued. “And I failed to control it again,” she said. “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.”
Abrams, Jack Bender, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have now issued an apology to the star. “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,” they said in the joint statement.
“We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”
The actor said in the interview that she now tries to avoid nude scenes altogether because of her experience on Lost. “I’ve been doing this now for 15 years. I’m a little bit better equipped now to know the ropes, to not have uncomfortable positions come up now,” she explained. “Because I have had uncomfortable experiences, when I read scripts where it involves nudity, I pass.
“And it’s not because I think there’s anything wrong with doing nudity. It’s because I don’t trust that I can be comfortable and safe. I’m lucky; I’m in a privileged position because I can be picky. I feel for women who are struggling to come up in the industry and don’t know how to navigate that.”