For six series, Evangeline starred as the mysterious and secretive Kate Austen in ‘Lost’, a role which bagged her a Golden Globe nomination back in 2007.
Last week, the actress discussed how she felt “cornered” into filming a partially naked scene in the show’s third series, stating: “I felt I had no choice in the matter.
“I was mortified and I was trembling, and when it finished I was crying my eyes out and had to go on and do another very formidable and strong scene immediately after.”
A joint statement has now been issued by the creators of ‘Lost’, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse, apologising to Evangeline for her discomfort.
The statement reads (via Deadline): “Our response to Evie’s comments 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.”
Evangeline made the claims during an interview on the ‘Lost Boys’ podcast, revealing that she was put in a similar position the following year.
She explained: “I 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.”
In the past, Evangeline has shared similarly uncomfortable memories during her time on ‘Lost’, claiming a “misogynistic” colleague once injured her on purpose, and saying she was unhappy with her character’s transformation from someone “autonomous” to an “obnoxious” woman whose main storyline was “chasing two men around the island”.