'LOST', Evangeline Lilly, and the Ugly, Semi-Naked Truth

‘LOST’, Evangeline Lilly, and the Ugly, Semi-Naked Truth

Posted by August 2, 2018 Comment

Ant-Man and The Wasp star Evangeline Lilly is opening up about some of the unsavory conditions she endured during her time on ABC’s groundbreaking series LOST. Namely, the fights she had (and eventually lost) to keep her character Kate clothed during more than one scene.

Actress Evangeline Lilly during ECCC 2017
Photo by Mary Anne Butler

In a recent visit to The Lost Boys Podcast, Lilly spoke about some of the experiences during filming the JJ Abrams-created series, and how they were less than optimal.

“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 on do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.”

The situation happened again the following season, where the outcome was similar:

“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.”

Lilly pointed out that her personal issue isn’t the nudity or partial nudity, but instead the control (or lack-thereof) young actresses don’t have over their own bodies in such situations.

“I’ve been doing this now for 15 years. I’m a little bit better equipped now to know the ropes to not have uncomfortable positions come up now. Because I have had uncomfortable experiences, when I read scripts where it involves nudity, I pass.

And it’s not because I think there’s anything wrong with doing nudity, It’s because I don’t trust that I can be comfortable and safe. I’m lucky, I’m in a privileged position because I can be picky. I feel for women who are struggling to come up in the industry and don’t know how to navigate that.”

Evangeline Lilly on becoming Tauriel in “The Hobbit” trilogy, ECCC 2017.
Photo by Mary Anne Butler

We adore Evangeline, and are heartbroken to read about her experiences with such things. Hopefully in the current wake of the ongoing #MeToo movement, stories like this won’t be nearly as common in the future.

(Last Updated August 2, 2018 1:59 pm )

Related Posts

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

View All Posts