Evangeline Lilly: genre storytelling like Lost proved ‘people are desperate for intelligent entertainment’

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Aug 2, 2018

Although it may not be her thing, Lost star Evangeline Lilly said that she thinks the show proved that “people are desperate for intelligent entertainment.”

In an interview with The LOST Boys podcast, Lilly, who can currently be seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp, explained that although she was “completely uninterested” in Lost's secrets and mythology (“it wasn’t my taste.”), she admired the fans who would pore over the details of the show (“You guys are amazing if you can figure this stuff out, but I’m over here just hanging out and doing my thing.”). 

“What I love about it, Lost came onto the scene at the same time that reality shows exploded,” she said. “And I am the person who when reality shows took over TV, was saying, ‘Has the intelligence of this country diminished so far that people don’t actually want their intelligence challenged anymore?’ And then Lost came along and proved completely otherwise, that people love to be challenged, that people are desperate for intelligent entertainment. And that when you give it to them and honor their intelligence, they can not only understand, but go beyond and live up to and read even further into what you’re making for them than you could have imagined. It’s incredible.”

So, although she may not have been puzzling over what the numbers on the side of the hatch meant or who Jacob was and what he was doing, Lilly clearly appreciated that the show’s fans did. 

On the podcast, Lilly also talks about her issues with how she felt her character, Kate, went from being an autonomous character on the show with “her own story, journey and agendas” to just “chasing two men around the island” (“That irritated the s**t out of me.”), and about how she “had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked,” and having that issue resurface again the following season (“So, 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,” she explained).

Check out the full interview below.

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