J.J. Abrams apologises to Evangeline Lily over nude scenes in 'Lost'

Evangeline Lily was ‘cornered’ into taking her clothes off on <em>Lost</em> (Credit: ABC)
Evangeline Lily was ‘cornered’ into taking her clothes off on Lost (Credit: ABC)

The showrunners of Lost have said they’re sorry that their star Evangeline Lily felt ‘cornered’ into shooting partially naked scenes in the series.

Lily revealed how she ‘cried her eyes out’ after shooting them, as she felt that she’d been pressured into it.

In a joint statement via Deadline, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse said: “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.

“We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”

Lily is yet to respond to the statement.

The comments from Lily, who played fugitive Kate Austen in the ABC series, came from an interview on 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,” she said.

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

“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 Kate was undressing and I fought very hard to have that scene be under my control and I failed to control it again. 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.”

She also went on to explain her frustration at Kate’s story arc, which threw her into a love triangle with Matthew Fox and Josh Holloway’s characters.

“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*** out of me,” she said.

She added 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’.

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