About Evangeline Lilly
Nicole Evangeline Lilly is a Canadian actress and author ,born August 3, 1979 . She won a Screen Actors Guild Award and received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Kate Austen in the ABC series Lost in the years 2004–10. She is also best known for her roles as Tauriel in The Hobbit,Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man and Connie James in The Hurt Locker. Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan in Albert and raised in British Columbia by her mother and her father, a produce manager. Lilly graduated from W. J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where she played soccer and was vice-president of the student council. While in college, she worked as a waitress, did “oil changes and grease jobs on big rig trucks”, and worked as a flight attendant for Royal Airlines to pay for her tuition.
She grew up Christian and her faith influenced her decision to take part in a three-week mission trip to the Philippines when she was 18. Her interest in humanitarian causes and global development led her to major in International Relations at the University of British Columbia.
Evangeline Lilly Career
Lilly’s acting career began when she was discovered by a Ford Modeling Agency agent while walking the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia. She took the agent’s business card but did not immediately pursue acting. She eventually called and the agency landed her several roles in commercials and non-speaking parts in the TV shows Smallville and Kingdom Hospital.
Lilly was encouraged to audition for Lost by a friend and she did not expect to get cast. As the secrecy campaign prevented the auditioning actors from accessing the full script, forcing them to read short scenes and only know the basic premise of people surviving a plane crash on a tropical island – which reminded Lilly of The Blue Lagoon – she thought Lost would “at best be a mediocre TV show”. Around 75 women auditioned for the part of Kate Austen. Writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof said that he and executive producer and co-creator J. J. Abrams “were fast-forwarding through a tape, and he saw her and said, ‘That’s the girl.'” The character almost had to be recast, as Lilly had trouble acquiring a work visa to enter the United States. Her application was finally accepted after nearly 20 tries and she arrived in Hawaii for filming one day late.
Lost ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2010. It was one of the top shows on ABC’s primetime schedule during its run, won a Golden Globe and 11 Prime Time Emmy Awards including best drama in 2005, and was ranked the top-rated TV show of the decade by IMDb. Lilly appeared in 108 of the show’s 121 episodes, and her character, Kate Austen, was the show’s female lead. Entertainment Weekly voted Lilly one of its “Breakout Stars of 2004.” In 2006, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Lead Actress-Drama. Robert Bianco of USA Today praised Lilly’s performance in the episode “Eggtown”, saying that it was almost worthy of a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. In 2007, Lilly’s portrayal was voted #1 Sexiest Woman on Television by TV Guide and made FHM’s Top Sexiest.Evangeline was voted one of People Magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful People’. After shooting the final episode of Lost, Lilly said she was considering taking a break from acting to focus on her charity and humanitarian efforts. She told Vulture, “I consider acting a day job — it’s not my dream; it’s not my be-all, end-all.” She says she uses her high-profile roles to further her humanitarian efforts, not to achieve stardom.
Lilly appeared in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker ,in 2008. She together with the rest of the cast won the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble. Lilly followed this role with a leading part in psychological thriller film Afterwards. In 2010, Lilly stated her intention to focus on children’s book writing and on feature film roles.
On May 11, 2010, Lilly announced on The View that she places writing and being a mother as top priorities, but she likes acting as a day job and she will continue acting when possible. In 2011, she appeared as Bailey Tallet in Real Steel. Despite having turned down a number of film offers, she traveled to Los Angeles to get the part after director Shawn Levy sent her the script. Levy said: “She’s magnificent to look at, she’s soulful, and she’s sexy. I needed someone who you believed had grown up in a man’s world. Bailey needed to have a strength and a toughness that was not at the expense of her being womanly.”
Lilly was cast as the Mirkwood elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 2012. The character, which does not appear in the original book by Tolkien, was created by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh as the head of the Elven guard who wields a bow and two daggers as weapons. Lilly, who had been a fan of Tolkien’s books since she was 13,underwent training for swordplay and archery, as well as in the Elvish language for the role.In 2015, Lilly played Hope van Dyne in the superhero film Ant-Man.In October of the same year, it was announced that Lilly would reprise her role in the sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel’s first movie to feature a female hero in the title.
Evangeline Lilly Personal life
Lilly was married to Canadian Murray Hone from 2003 to 2004. Currently she is now in a long term relationship with Norman Kali. Lilly gave birth to their first child, a son named Kahekili , on May 21, 2011. She gave birth to a daughter in October 2015. Lilly works with non-profits such as the GO Campaign. In 2009, Lilly auctioned off custom lingerie in support of Task Brasil, “a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lost street children of Brazil by providing them secure housing”. In 2010, she auctioned off three lunches in Vancouver, Honolulu, and Los Angeles to help widows and orphans in Rwanda, a country Lilly has made numerous trips to as part of her charity work. In 2012 Lilly auctioned off a Hawaiian hike to raise money for the Sierra Club.
Lilly received wide-scale media attention for her beliefs regarding feminism expressed in a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post: “I’m very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don’t even like the word feminism because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I’m not interested in trying to pretend to be a man.
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Evangeline Lilly Filmography
- Evangeline Lilly Filmography
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) stars as Hope Van Dyne
- Little Evil (2017) stars as Samantha
- Ant-Man (2015) stars as Hope Van Dyne
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) aka “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” stars as Tauriel
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) stars as Tauriel
- Real Steel (2011) stars as Bailey Tallet
- The Hurt Locker (2009) stars as Connie James
- Afterwards (2009) stars as Claire
- The Long Weekend (2005) stars as Simone
- Lost (2004) TV stars as Katherine “Kate” Austen
- Kingdom Hospital (2004) TV aka Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital stars as Benson’s Girlfriend
- Stealing Sinatra (2003) stars as Model in commercial
- Smallville (2002) TV stars as Girl in Cinema
- Judgment Day (2002) TV stars as JD Girl