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Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly

Highest Rated: 96% The Hurt Locker (2008)

Lowest Rated: 45% South of Heaven (2021)

Birthday: Aug 3, 1979

Birthplace: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada

Evangeline Lilly was a Canadian actress and writer who first rose to prominence by co-starring in one of the most successful TV shows of the early 21st century, before moving on to some of the biggest franchise blockbuster films of the era, but soon made it abundantly clear that she saw acting as nothing more than a means to and end, which allowed her to pursue her interests in writing and humanitarian causes. Born Nicole Evangeline Lilly on August 3, 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, she was the middle child in a family of three daughters. Lilly's mother was a produce manager, while her father taught home economics. Later in life, Lilly would credit her interest in philanthropy and humanitarian causes to her Christian upbringing. After graduating from W.J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where she played soccer and served as Vice President of the student council, Lilly went on a humanitarian aid trip to the Philippines, before enrolling at the University of British Columbia, where she majored in International Relations. She intended to use her degree to pursue a career in philanthropy, but that all changed one afternoon. While walking down the street in Kelowna, British Columbia, Lilly was approached by an agent from the Ford Modeling Agency, who gave her a business card. Eventually she contacted the agency, and soon landed a number of commercial appearances and non-speaking parts on TV shows such as "Smallville" (The WB, 2001-2011) and "Kingdom Hospital" (ABC, 2004). Though she had never had a credited speaking part, Lilly was sent to audition for a new ABC drama co-created by J.J. Abrams, knowing only that it took place on a deserted island. Out of the 75 women who auditioned for the role of Kate Austen, the leader of a group of air crash survivors who becomes ensnared in a love triangle with disgraced doctor Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and anti-social con man James "Sawyer" Ford (Josh Holloway), Lilly was surprised to land the role, but still through that the show, "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010), would not last more than a single season. Luckily for her, she was wrong. Following its premiere on September 22, 2004, "Lost" was an instant cultural phenomenon, earning rave reviews from critics and drawing audiences in with its mysterious sci-fi structure, designed to keep them guessing from episode to episode just where these people were, and for that matter, who they were. Though the Kate-Jack-Sawyer love triangle was a controversial plot point amongst fans of the show, Lilly was often praised for her nuanced portrayal of Kate, even earning a Golden Globe nomination in 2006. "Lost" would go on to win ten Primetime Emmy Awards, including the 2005 statuette for Outstanding Drama Series, and was eventually ranked as the the top-rated TV show of the decade by IMDb. Despite all of this success, Lilly decided that she might take a break from acting for a while following the "Lost" finale, choosing to focus on writing, humanitarian work, and raising her two sons alongside her partner, Norman Kali. Though she would continue acting, including performances in the Oscar-winning war drama "The Hurt Locker" (2009) and entering the cinematic realm of Middle Earth to play the Mirkwood elf warrior Tauriel in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (2013) and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (2014), she made it clear that she saw acting as more of a day job than a true calling. In 2013, Lilly's debut children's book, "The Squickerwonkers" (2013), the first part in a proposed series, was released. She then ventured into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking on the role of Hope van Dyne in "Ant-Man" (2015), a role she would reprise for "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (2018) and "Avengers: Endgame" (2019). Lilly could next be seen in "Dreamland" (2020), a thriller from writer/director Nicholas Jarecki set against the backdrop of the opioid crisis.

Highest rated movies

96% The Hurt Locker
94% Avengers: Endgame 92% Little Evil 87% Ant-Man and The Wasp 83% Ant-Man
75% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
66% Crisis
60% Real Steel

Photos

Evangeline Lilly ANT-MAN, from left: director Peyton Reed, Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, on set, 2015. ph: Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures ANT-MAN, Evangeline Lilly, 2015. ph: Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures ANT-MAN, l-r: Corey Stoll, Evangeline Lilly, 2015. ph: Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures ANT-MAN, l-r: Evangeline Lilly, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, 2015. ph: Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures ANT-MAN, Evangeline Lilly, 2015. ph: Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures ANT-MAN, from left: Evangeline Lilly, director Peyton Reed, on set, 2015. ph: Zade Rosenthal/©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, from left: Peggy Nesbitt, Evangeline Lilly, 2014. ph: Mark Pokorny/©Warner Bros. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Evangeline Lilly (L), Jay Leno (R), 'Season', ©NBC ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, FROM LEFT: EVANGELINE LILLY, MICHAEL DOUGLAS, 2018. PH: BEN ROTHSTEIN/© MARVEL/© WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, FROM LEFT, EVANGELINE LILLY AS THE WASP, PAUL RUDD AS ANT-MAN, 2018. PH: BEN ROTHSTEIN. ©MARVEL/©WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, FROM LEFT, EVANGELINE LILLY AS THE WASP, PAUL RUDD AS ANT-MAN, 2018. PH: BEN ROTHSTEIN. ©MARVEL/©WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, EVANGELINE LILLY, 2018. PH: BEN ROTHSTEIN. ©MARVEL/©WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, from left: Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, 2013. ph: James Fisher/©Warner Bros. Pictures THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, Evangeline Lilly, 2013. ph: James Fisher/©Warner Bros. Pictures "REAL STEEL" RS-08967 Bailey Tallet (Evangeline Lilly) tells Max (Dakota Goyo) that, as a boxer, his father, Charlie Kenton, was the top contender, number 2 in the world in DreamWorks Pictures' action drama "Real Steel". Ph: Melissa Moseley ©DreamWorks "REAL STEEL" RS-06357R Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) and Bailey Tallet (Evangeline Lilly) study the command matrix on the controller's screen that sets the robot boxer Noisy Boy into action mode in DreamWorks Pictures' action drama "Real Steel". Ph: Mel THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, from left: Lee Pace, director Peter Jackson, Evangeline Lilly, on set, 2013. ph: Mark Pokorny/©Warner Bros. Pictures THE HURT LOCKER, Evangeline Lilly, 2008. ©Summit Entertainment THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, from left: Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, 2014. ph: Mark Pokorny/©Warner Bros.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
46% 82% Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Character) $214.5M 2023
45% 54% South of Heaven Annie (Character) - 2021
66% 60% Crisis Claire Reimann (Character) $409.4K 2021
94% 90% Avengers: Endgame Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Character) $858.4M 2019
87% 79% Ant-Man and The Wasp Hope van Dyne/Wasp (Character) $216.6M 2018
92% 47% Little Evil Samantha (Character) - 2017
83% 85% Ant-Man Hope van Dyne (Character) $180.2M 2015
59% 74% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Tauriel (Character) $255.1M 2014
75% 85% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Tauriel (Character) $258.4M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet DVS Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug (HD) Unknown (Character) - 2013
60% 73% Real Steel Bailey Tallet (Character) $85.5M 2011
96% 84% The Hurt Locker Connie James (Character) $15.7M 2008
No Score Yet 38% Afterwards Claire (Character) - 2008

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 52% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2023
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2023
92% 79% What If...? Hope van Dyne (Voice) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2018
No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2014 2018
No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008-2011 2014 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2013-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2014
No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2013
86% 90% Lost Kate Austen (Character) 2004-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital Unknown (Guest Star) 2004