Former “Lost” producers JJ Abrams, Jack Bender, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have issued an apology to actress Evangeline Lilly following comments on a recent interview about an experience on the set of the ABC series.
The “Ant-Man and the Wasp” star appeared on The Lost Boys podcast and says she was pressured and coerced into filming partially-nude scenes for her role as Kate Austen, an experience that left her in mortified and in tears:
“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. 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.
The actress also claimed that despite her protests the production continued to put her character in situations where she was uncomfortable filming:
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.”
Now the producers have issued a joint statement saying:
“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.”
Lilly has not yet responded to their apology.