The creators of Lost have publicly apologised to Evangeline Lilly, amid claims she was pressured into filming partially-nude scenes for the hit series.
The actress, who played Kate Austen on Lost, has revealed that she was “basically cornered” into doing a scene in season three, which left her “mortified and trembling”.
In an interview for Jack Shepherd and Jacob Stolworthy’s podcast The Lost Boys, she said, “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.”
“And I was mortified and I was trembling when it finished. I was crying my eyes out, and I had to go and do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.”
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.”
After Evangeline’s comments hid headlines, Lost creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, as well as executive producers Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse, released a statement.
Their statement read: “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.”
“We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”