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Evangeline Lilly Was 'Cornered' Into Doing a Partially Nude Scene on 'Lost'

Evangeline Lilly Was 'Cornered' Into Doing a Partially Nude Scene on 'Lost'

Evangeline Lilly is recalling a painful memory from the set of Lost where she says she was “cornered” into doing a scene with no clothes.

“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,” Evangeline told the Lost Boys podcast on Tuesday (August 1). “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 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. 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.”

Evangeline, who starred on the show from 2004 to 2010, also spoke about her character Kate’s arc.

“At the beginning [Kate] was kinda cool, and then as the show went on, she became more and more predictable and obnoxious. I felt like my character went from being anonymous, really having her own story and her own journey and her own agendas, to chasing to men around the island. And that irritated the s— out of me,” Evangeline said. “I did throw scripts across rooms when I’d read them because I would get very frustrated by the diminishing amount of autonomy that she had and the diminishing amount of her own story that there was to play. There’s nothing wrong with women’s lives being characterized by their relationships. I think that often happens to men and women. But there was this eventual lack of dimension to what was going on with her.”

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  • Saad Khan

    How ungrateful… people change clothes everyday in their life and in 6years if she had to do 2times its not much to ask. Guys were taking their shirts off all the time on the show. They find any reason to hate what have make them millionaires and household name. very disappointed as I always loved her as Kate and storylines in shows changes all the time with every season.

  • LegalBetch

    Since she was the one having to undress in front of a camera, I think she was perfectly within her right not to feel comfortable. And what the hell does changing your clothes every day, in private, have ANYTHING to do with undressing in front of millions of viewers?

  • Casey C

    exactly. its about the choice and situational context, like most women I know would be fine being seen in a bikini in a pool or beach situation but not okay with being seen in their underwear in their own room by strangers, practically the same items that cover the same areas and amount of skin, because its about situational context. feeling pressured into being naked in front of probably 50 odd people during filming and then seen naked around the world FOR THE REST OF TIME, and not for like a few seconds like when you’re changing at home, but for minutes and hours at a time as the scene is shoot multiple times from multiple angles/

  • mahbelle

    Then she could have refused. I’m sick of women playing the victim.

  • mahbelle

    She talks like Lost was the Hamlet of TV.

  • LegalBetch

    “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.””

  • Saad Khan

    You are right I spoke too soon and I should not have spoken about it but I meant every season when they renew contracts she could have refuse to sign on if she hated her character’s arc. In our daily job after probationary period its our choice to renew contract or not if hated soo much I would just leave and go somewhere else regardless of men or women. But I see nowadays every actor have issue with what made them household name and they still keep doing the same show over n over again. I think in today’s time it will be so hard for writers to write now as they will be bullied into changing soo much on demand of actors male or female. Katherine Heigl hated Knocked-up (no one forced her to sign up, Anne Hathaway walked out of it so she could have done too), Kirsten Stewart/Robert Pattison hated their fame of Twilight and Rob even said bad things about twilight fans. Just say NO to sequels. Jennifer Lawrence says she is super rude and an asshole to her fans since she now have Oscar so I reckon she doesn’t have to be nice to people. Soo many celebs hate their picturs taken and then post about their wereabouts all the time on instagram. Someone rightly said that if you want your picture to be taken then don’t become An Actor. Period!!! If we feel soo much targeted on job Don’t kept signing up for the next season again and again.