UPDATED: 'Lost' revelation: Was Ilana Jacob's daughter?
UPDATE: I heard back from an ABC rep who says the information mentioned below about the Ilana/Jacob connection is "incorrect." So perhaps Robinson misunderstood or just flat-out misspoke? Another island mystery.
That's what Zuleikha Robinson, the actress who played the vest-wearing Ajira Airlines flight survivor, revealed at the Wednesday opening of a "Lost" gallery exhibit at the Vilcek Foundation in New York. She was chatting with me and another journalist when we asked if she could tell us anything more about her character's relevance to the broader narrative on the show.
"I was supposed to be Jacob's daughter," she confirmed, adding that the writers ultimately decided they didn't have enough time to fully address that part of the "Lost" saga in the number of episodes they had left. Which is why Ilana got the "Boom goes the dynamite!" treatment in "Everybody Loves Hugo," accidentally blowing herself to smithereens after mishandling some explosive sticks.
Robinson said she enjoyed playing the scenes she got to share with her rather handsome (and youthful -- remember, dude stopped aging) father, actor Mark Pellegrino, but clearly seemed a little bummed that she didn't get to explore the rest of Ilana's backstory. I asked if she knew who Ilana's mother was. She said no.
I sent an e-mail to a rep from ABC asking whether Robinson's account is accurate, but did not receive a response. If I hear back -- be it a confirmation, denial or a "no comment" -- I will update this post. In the near future, I'll also be posting some photos from that "Lost" exhibit, which includes some amazing props from the show and runs at the Vilcek Foundation through June 5.
In the meantime, feel free to debate this semi-revelatory tidbit. What do you make of Ilana's role as Jacob's offspring? It makes sense that he tasked her with rallying the candidates now, doesn't it?
| May 21, 2010; 11:46 AM ET
Categories: Lost, Pop Culture, TV | Tags: Lost
Save & Share: Previous: Bret Michaels hospitalized again; Lindsay Lohan accuses dad in passport heist
Next: Getting 'Lost': Looking ahead to Sunday’s finale
Posted by: american_demeter | May 21, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: hodie2 | May 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | May 21, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: kbockl | May 21, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 21, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: itkonlyyou70 | May 21, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.