JJ Abrams 'deeply sorry' for making Evangeline Lilly feel uncomfortable

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

JJ Abrams has apologised to Evangeline Lilly, after she claimed she felt pressured into filming nude scenes on ‘Lost’.

The 38-year-old actress claimed there were two incidents that left her feeling very uncomfortable and resulted in her refusing to flash her flesh on the show for the rest of its six-season run.

Now the show creators JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof have responded to the comments made by the actress, and have “profoundly apologised” for making her feel “unsafe at work”.

Evangeline Lilly revealed she was ‘cornered’ into doing nude scenes for Lost. Photo: Getty

They released a joint statement with fellow ‘Lost’ executive producers Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse.

“Our response to Evie’s comments this morning in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologise for the experience she detailed while working on ‘Lost’,” the statement read.

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

Creators JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof have responded and apologised to the actress. Photo: Getty

Evangeline, who most recently stars in Ant-Man and the Wasp, recently did an interview with The Lost Boys podcast about playing Kate Austen (aka “Freckles”) in the ABC drama.

Evangeline admitted that she was a relative newcomer to show business when the series launched, and she sometimes felt she didn’t have the voice to protect herself. That led to her having to do scenes that made her deeply uncomfortable.

“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 recalled.

Evangeline shared two instances from filming that made her feel uncomfortable. Photo: ABC

“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.”

That happened more than once, according to Evangeline, who described another scene in Season 4.

“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.”

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