Evangeline Lilly: I was ‘cornered into doing’ a nude scene on ‘Lost’

Evangeline Lilly does not have the fondest memories of her time playing Kate Austen on Lost.

“In season 3, I had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt I had no choice in the matter,” the 38-year-old actress said on the Tuesday, July 31, episode of The Lost Boys podcast. “I was mortified and I was trembling, and when it was finished, I was crying my eyes out and I had to go on [to] do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.”

Lilly found herself in a similar situation the following year. “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,” she recalled. “And so I then said, ‘That’s it, no more. You can write whatever you want — I won’t do it again. I will never take my clothes off on this show again.’ And I didn’t.”

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UNITED STATES - AUGUST 07: LOST - 'Lost' stars Evangeline Lilly as Kate. (Photo by Art Streiber/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 18: LOST - Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for best drama series, and a 2007 Golden Globe nomination for best drama series and best actress for Evangeline Lilly, 'Lost' returns for the second act of its third season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost -- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. In the return episode, 'Not in Portland,' Jack is in command as the fate of Ben's life literally rests in his hands. Meanwhile, Kate and Sawyer find an ally in one of 'The Others,' and Juliet makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 19: LOST - Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for best drama series, and a 2007 Golden Globe nomination for best drama series and best actress for Evangeline Lilly, 'Lost' returns for the second act of its third season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost -- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. In the return episode, 'Not in Portland,' Jack is in command as the fate of Ben's life literally rests in his hands. Meanwhile, Kate and Sawyer find an ally in one of 'The Others,' and Juliet makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: 100890_0975 -- LOST - From J.J. Abrams, the creator of 'Alias,' and Damon Lindelof ('Crossing Jordan') comes an action-packed adventure that will bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost. Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets, including the intense howls of the mysterious creatures stalking the jungle, which fill them all with fear. 'Lost' stars Matthew Fox as Jack, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Ian Somerhalder as Boone, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Maggie Grace as Shannon, Malcolm David Kelley as Walt, Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Harold Perrineau as Michael, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Terry O'Quinn as Locke, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin and Yunjin Kim as Sun. (Photo by Reisig and Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 17: LOST - Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for best drama series, and a 2007 Golden Globe nomination for best drama series and best actress for Evangeline Lilly, 'Lost' returns for the second act of its third season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost -- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. In the return episode, 'Not in Portland,' Jack is in command as the fate of Ben's life literally rests in his hands. Meanwhile, Kate and Sawyer find an ally in one of 'The Others,' and Juliet makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 28: 100890_0031 -- LOST - From J.J. Abrams, the creator of 'Alias,' and Damon Lindelof ('Crossing Jordan') comes an action-packed adventure that will bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost. Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets, including the intense howls of the mysterious creatures stalking the jungle, which fill them all with fear. 'Lost' stars Matthew Fox as Jack, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Ian Somerhalder as Boone, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Maggie Grace as Shannon, Malcolm David Kelley as Walt, Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Harold Perrineau as Michael, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Terry O'Quinn as Locke, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin and Yunjin Kim as Sun. (Photo by Reisig and Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
LOST - 'LA X' - 'Lost' returns for its final season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost -- on the season premiere of 'Lost,' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. On the season premiere episode, 'LA X' Parts 1 & 2, the aftermath from Juliet's detonation of the hydrogen bomb is revealed. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images) EVANGELINE LILLY
LOST - 'LA X' - 'Lost' returns for its final season of action-packed mystery and adventure -- that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost -- on the season premiere of 'Lost,' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. On the season premiere episode, 'LA X' Parts 1 & 2, the aftermath from Juliet's detonation of the hydrogen bomb is revealed. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images) MATTHEW FOX, EVANGELINE LILLY
LOST - 'Recon' - Locke tasks Sawyer with a mission, on 'Lost,' TUESDAY, MARCH 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images) EVANGELINE LILLY, NAVEEN ANDREWS, TERRY O'QUINN
LOST - 'Recon' - Locke tasks Sawyer with a mission, on 'Lost,' TUESDAY, MARCH 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images) EMILIE DE RAVIN, EVANGELINE LILLY
LOST - 'The End' - One of the most critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking shows of the past decade concludes in this 'Lost' Series Finale Event. The battle lines are drawn as Locke puts his plan into action, which could finally liberate him from the island, on 'Lost,' SUNDAY, MAY 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mario Perez/ABC via Getty Images) EVANGELINE LILLY, EMILIE DE RAVIN
LOST - 'The Last Recruit' - Alliances are forged and broken as the Locke and Jack camps merge, on 'Lost,' TUESDAY, APRIL 20 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Mario Perez / ABC via Getty Images) DANIEL DAE KIM, YUNJIN KIM, JORGE GARCIA, EVANGELINE LILLY, JOSH HOLLOWAY
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The Ant-Man and the Wasp star then said that she would handle the situation differently now. “I’ve been doing this for nearly 15 years, so I kind of know the ropes,” she said. “I’m a little bit better equipped now to not have uncomfortable experiences come up.”

In fact, Lilly said she passes on roles that involve nude scenes. “It’s not because I think there’s anything wrong with nudity. It’s because I don’t trust that I can be comfortable and safe,” she explained.

“I’m lucky. I’m in a position — a very privileged position — where I’m allowed to be picky,” she continued. “I can be picky. I’ve got enough success under my belt that I can be, and I feel for women who are just struggling to come up in the industry and don’t really know how to navigate that.”

The Golden Globe nominee has plenty of positive memories from her time on the ABC drama, too. She particularly enjoyed working with Michael Emerson, who played Benjamin Linus, and Terry O’Quinn, who starred as John Locke, from whom she learned a valuable lesson.

“Their immovability in a scene taught me about not bending to make my costars comfortable, which I think is a quintessentially female trait, to always try to accommodate and take care of whoever you’re with,” she said. “But they were never selfish, unkind or egotistical. They were just very strong and talented.”

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