“Lost” creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof would like to clear the air regarding Evangeline Lilly. Primarily, they would like to address the bad experiences she reported over being asked to do nudity on the set of Lost. For that, they are sorry. Secondarily, they would like me to know that Evangeline goes by Evie, not Ms. Vangie as previously reported. For that, I am not sorry.
In response to Evangelista Extravaganza’s recent revelation on the Lost Boys podcast that she was “cornered into” doing a partially nude scene, an experience that ended in tears, Abrams and Lindelof (calling them J.J. and Damon make them sound like characters on an upcoming reboot of Good Times) issued the following apology (via Huffington Post):
“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,” co-creators and executive producers J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, and executive producers Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse, said in the statement to People. “We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”
I wonder how long Evangeline is going to let them dangle before letting them off the hook. Maybe never. According to Huffington Post, the creepy requests for nudity weren’t the only traumas she experienced on the set of Lost. She was also injured during a stunt which left her with “oozing open wounds”. And she thinks it was personal.
She described the incident in May and accused the “misogynistic” stunt coordinator at the time of purposefully injuring her after she hesitated.
That’s super fucked up. Even though they still call her by the affectionate sounding diminutive “Evie”, Evangeline hasn’t worked with either Abrams or Lindelof since the show ended in 2010. This is despite the fact that they tend to recycle actors like the old man who comes each week to shame me by loudly digging through my bins the night before the truck comes and getting rich off my wine bottles. So it sounds like there was no love lost on either side. But who knows what really went on on that island. I sure as hell don’t, and I watched the entire show!
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