The producers of the hit TV series Lost issued an apology to one of the stars of the show after she spoke out about once being “cornered into” shooting a partially nude scene. J.J. Abrams and his co-creators and producers Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender, and Carlton Cuse all apologized to Evangeline Lilly in a statement published by the entertainment website Deadline for two incidents Lilly described during her time on the set of Lost, which aired on ABC from 2004 to 2010.
“Our response to Evie’s comments in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologize for the experience she detailed while working on Lost,” the producers said in a statement. “We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”
Last week, during an appearance on The Lost Boys podcast, Lilly, who portrayed Kate Austen on the series, spoke frankly about being pressured into shooting a semi-nude scene for two different episodes during her time on the show.
“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 said. “And I was mortified and I was trembling when it finished. I was crying my eyes out and I had to go on [to] do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter, she said.
The, she continued, “in season four, another scene came up where Kate was undressing and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control. And I failed to control it again. 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.”
According to Yahoo News, Lilly, 38, also discussed how she felt her character was marginalized when writers had Kate become entangled in a love triangle between two male characters, played by Matthew Fox and Josh Holloway.
“I felt like my character went from having her own story and her own journey and her own agendas to chasing men around the island, and that irritated the shit out of me,” she said. Lily said she became so dissatisfied with what the writers were coming up with for Kate that she would “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.”
On the success of Lost, Abrams has gone on to direct blockbuster movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mission: Impossible III. Lilly is in the midst of promoting her latest film, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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