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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 05/21/2010

UPDATED: 'Lost' revelation: Was Ilana Jacob's daughter?

By Jen Chaney

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.


A bit of breaking "Lost" news (well, as breaking as news can be about a character who died four episodes ago): Ilana Verdansky was Jacob's daughter.

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?

By Jen Chaney  | May 21, 2010; 11:46 AM ET
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Yes, her role does make sense if she is his daughter. many unanswered questions! Someday there will be a sequel. By the way, the happy hour last night rocked!

Posted by: american_demeter | May 21, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Would also explain why Ilana was so passionate about her job while the others were confused or noncommittal. Too bad there was not time to delve into this further. Would love to see a LOST novel series. The books are always better and have time to explore everything.

american_demeter I am jealous you got to go to the cocktail hour!

Posted by: hodie2 | May 21, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

You know, it's funny. My husband and I were talking over this week's episode, and we both thought the whole "you're alone and flawed" reasoning for bringing them to the island was lame.

We thought that perhaps if they were Jacob's descendants - a qualification unique to guardianship for whatever reason LindCuse cared to explain - it would have been much cooler.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | May 21, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

ACK! I forgot about happy hour! I do not deserve to leave the island alive.

Posted by: kbockl | May 21, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Ilana is Jacob's daughter.

And Bob's your uncle.

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