Before Evangeline Lilly was the leading superhero in Ant-Man and the Wasp, she was Kate Austen on Lost. And during her six-year tenure as one of the series' stars, Lilly said she had some difficulty with one particular stunt.
"There were open wounds, pus-y and oozing,” she revealed during a panel discussion about stuntwomen navigating Hollywood, according to Deadline. “I looked like a mutant. My mom said, 'You’ll never be able to wear an evening gown again!'"
But it wasn't just an unfortunate mistake, according to Lilly. She claims the "misogynistic" stunt coordinator was trying to teach her a harsh lesson about refusing to have a stuntwoman do the shot instead.
"I felt it was him saying, 'I’m going to put you in your place for standing up to me,'" she said. "It was either cow to his power or hurt myself. I was in my 20s then. Now, I would probably back down." Lilly also said she asked for something to cover her forearms to avoid abrasions; the coordinator denied her request.
The actress didn't name the stunt coordinator, but there are several listed for the ABC series.
Lilly wasn't the only one there with grievances about the stuntwoman business. Lilly's stunt double, Ingrid Kleinig, and three other stuntwomen were there to speak out about the industry. One item under the microscope was "wigging," aka hiring a stuntman to be a body double for a woman instead of hiring actual stuntwomen, who already have trouble finding gigs and building résumés.
"There are qualified people of every ethnic group and gender," said Black Panther stuntwoman Janeshia Adams-Ginyard. "Wigging should not be taking place." No lies detected.