Evangeline Lilly Speaks Out About Feeling 'Cornered' Into Nude Scene

"I was mortified and I was trembling when it finished. I was crying my eyes out."

She's currently slaying the big screen as Hope van Dyne in Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, but for six seasons, Evangeline Lilly made a name for herself playing Kate on the series Lost.

In a recent interview on The Lost Boys podcast -- a podcast dedicated to two friends re-watching Lost (one for the first time, one for the eighth) -- Lilly spoke about one incident that left her in tears.

Previously, the 38-year-old has spoken about going through a "pretty dark time" as she became more famous through the series, and on the podcast she recounted a particular experience where she felt she was pushed into filming nudity for the show.

"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," Lilly said.

"I was mortified and I was trembling when it finished. I was crying my eyes out."

"In season four, 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."

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'Lost' was Lilly's first major on-screen role, she starred in the series for six seasons. Image: ABC.

Since her experiences on Lost, Lilly says she has grown to learn how to deal with scenes that may make her feel uncomfortable.

"When I read scripts where it involves nudity, I pass... 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."

The  star also noted that since she has worked in the industry for over a decade she is in a better position to pass on opportunities due to nudity or feeling unsafe but other actresses might not be so lucky.

Despite Hollywood going through a major overhaul when it comes to the treatment of women following #MeToo and #TimesUp uncovering a culture of sexual harassment and abuse, Lilly noted there have been some shifts in how women are treated in the industry.

"I think that things are in the process of changing... When it comes to women being vulnerable on set when it comes to their nudity though, I haven’t been in the position to know if that has changed or not."

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