Evangeline Lily was 'cornered' into taking her clothes off on 'Lost'

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Evangeline Lily (Credit: Reuters)
Evangeline Lily (Credit: Reuters)

Evangeline Lily has said that she felt pressured into taking her clothes off while starring in TV show Lost.

One incident, during season three of the show, left her in tears, she added.

Lily told the Lost Boys podcast: “In Season 3, 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.

“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.”

She goes on to say that she was put in a similar situation for a second time too, but it was after that that she took control.

(Credit: ABC)
(Credit: ABC)

“In Season 4, 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,” she continued.

“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.”

Lily made her breakthrough in the series, playing fugitive Kate Austen in all six seasons of the J.J. Abrams co-created show, latterly caught in a love triangle between Matthew Fox’s Jack Shephard and Josh Holloway’s Sawyer.

But it wasn’t just the occasional nudity which got her back up.

“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 s**t out of me,” Lilly said.

She added that she’d ‘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’.

Lily is currently playing Hope van Dyne, aka The Wasp, in Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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