Evangeline Lilly On Her 'Best Butt Ever' Women's Health Cover: I Wanted Something Classier

12/06/2013 at 05:39 PM ET

Evangeline LillyCourtesy TBS

Evangeline Lilly has a new movie out (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in case you’re behind on your holiday blockbuster buzz), so you’d think her promo tour would be focused on the film and her acting, but instead, all the attention’s been on — to put it bluntly — her butt.

Her asset is featured on the January issue of Women’s Health in a pair of itty-bitty booty shorts with the tagline, “Best Butt Ever!” And the actress told Conan O’Brien on Wednesday night that the shot — and the headline — came as a surprise to her.

“Do you think I would have done the shoot if they said, ‘Oh, by the way, we’re gonna say ‘Best Butt Ever!’ and put a big arrow to your behind?'” she asked O’Brien. “You know, every woman is after a kind of classy image, I didn’t want T&A on my cover. It’s a women’s magazine, not Maxim.”

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Lilly spoke out again about the cover on ET Canada Friday, explaining that while the butt admiration is flattering, it still makes her uncomfortable: “I don’t know, it just felt like the wrong thing in the wrong place. But I’m not going to turn my nose up to a compliment. I mean it’s very nice of them to point out that they think that it’s nice. That’s very nice of them to say.”

She adds: “Every time you go to do a new photo shoot, you sort of lay down the ground rules. You explain the kind of image that you want portrayed of yourself, and I don’t know too many women who would approach a women’s magazine and say, ‘The image I’m hoping for is a rear end shot with my butt hanging out of some short shorts.’ That is not what you’re after. You’re kind of after something that’s a little more approachable to other women, a little classier. You’d expect that of a man’s magazine because men like the booty, right?”

And while we’re definitely intrigued by what exercises lead to the star’s toned behind, we kind of understand why she’s a bit bummed about not knowing the mag’s cover plan before the issue hit newsstands.

What do you think of the cover controversy? Should Lilly be offended?

–Brittany Talarico

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Meena on

I don’t see a butt.

sarah on

When you are at a photo shoot, any photo taken by the photographer is fair game, she did not have to put on those shorts and do that butt shot!

Alex on

What butt?? I don’t see a butt.

Cat on

Better than Miley Cyrus….but the best butt in Hollywood??…err…disagree. She can benefit from more squats for sure. And if she does have a butt, this shot did not do her justice.

Cat on

Better than Miley Cyrus, but the best in Hollywood? Errr…She could do a lot more squats…Jessica Biel should have made that cover ;)

Aeol on

The lady doth protest too much…

nosogirl on

Not quite sure I believe her “I didn’t want that kind of shot” rhetoric. She’s the one who put on the Daisy Dukes and turned her butt toward the camera. What did she think was going to be the result?

Cosia on

It was SO shocking they put that picture of me on the cover! I had NO IDEA when I put on tiny shorts and turned my back to the camera that anyone was taking pictures LOL This is up there with Jon Ham complaining people are talking about his giant want. Give me a giant break

Em on

I love her message but how exactly did her cheeks get into the short shorts and pointed towards the camera?

Juli on

While I understand where she’s coming from, I think she’s overreacting a little. It’s not like they’ve put her on lingerie or anything of the sort.

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