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Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline LillyNicole Evangeline Lilly, born August 3rd, 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Kate Austen in the ABC Network series Lost, a role for which she won multiple Saturn Awards, Teen Choice Awards and a Golden Globe nomination. Lilly is also known for her roles in the feature films Afterwards, The Hurt Locker, and Real Steel. Lilly will appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final two movies of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

Evangeline Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, but raised in British Columbia by her father, a produce manager, and her mother. She graduated from W. J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where she played soccer and was vice president of the student council. She speaks fluent French as well as her native English.

While attending college, Lilly was employed as a flight attendent for Royal Airlines, worked as a waitress, and had a job as a mechanic to pay for her tuition. Her acting career began when she was discovered walking the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia, by a Ford Modeling Agency agent.

Lilly took the card from the agent, but did not immediately pursue any modeling or acting. She eventually did call and the agency booked her several roles in commercials and non-speaking parts in the television show Smallville and Kingdom Hospital and the film The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Evangeline LillyOn December 20th, 2006, an electrical short set fire to her house in Kailua, Hawaii, completely destroying her house and all of her possessions while she was on the set of Lost.

Though she lost pretty much everything she owned, Lilly said the fire "was almost liberating - I'm in no hurry to clutter up my life again."

Lilly had been previously married to Canadian hockey player Murray Hone. But from 2004 to 2009, she dated Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan. She had her first child, a little boy named Kahekili (Hawaiian: the thunder), with boyfriend Norman Kali in Hawaii in May of 2011.

Lilly was raised as a 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 a major in International Relations at the University of British Columbia.

Lilly continues to work with nonprofits 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.

Evangeline LillyIn 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 Sierra Club.

After shooting the final episode of Lost, Lilly said she was considering taking a break from acting to focus on her charitable and humanitarian efforts. She told Vulture.com:

"I consider acting a day job — it's not my dream; it's not my be-all, end-all."

She has claimed to use her actress earnings to further her humanitarian efforts, not the other way around.

Lilly was encouraged to try out for a role on Lost by a friend and she did not expect to be cast. Around 75 women auditioned for the part of Kate Austen when Damon Lindelof, writer and co-creator, said he and J.J. Abrams, executive producer and co-creator, were fast-forwarding through a tape, and he saw her and said:

"That's the girl."

Evangeline LillyThe 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, airing from 2004-2010. It was one of the top shows on ABC's primetime schedule during its run, won one Golden Globe, and was ranked the top-rated TV show of the decade from 2002 to 2012 by IMDB.

Lilly appeared in 116 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 Eggtown, saying that it was almost worthy of a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. In 2007, Lilly's portrayal was voted as the #1 Sexiest Woman on Television by TV Guide and made the FHM Magazine Top Sexiest. There were even action figures of Lilly's Lost character released during the holiday season of 2006.



Evangeline LillyIn 2008, Lilly starred in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker. She and 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 her role in The Hurt Locker with a leading part opposite John Malkovich in Afterwards, a psychological thriller directed by Gilles Bourdos.

In 2010, Lilly stated her intention to focus on writing childrens books and on select feature film roles. On May 11th, 2010, Lilly announced on The View that she places writing and being a mother as her top priorities, but she does likes acting as a day job and she will continue acting whenever possible.

In 2011, Lilly appeared as Bailey Tallet in Real Steel alongside Hugh Jackman. Despite having turned down a number of movie offers, she traveled to Los Angeles to acquire the part a few days after director Shawn Levy sent her the script.

Levy said he cast her because Lilly is "magnificent to look at, she's soulful, and she's sexy with Hugh. 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."

Evangeline LillyIn 2012, Lilly was cast to play the role of the Woodland Elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. 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, like Legolas (who also appears in the film), 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 swordsmanship and archery, as well as in the Elvish language spoken for the role.

In June 2010 Lilly announced on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she would be writing a children's book, reciting some of the story from the book to Ferguson on the show. On July 18th, 2013 Lilly debuted the book, entitled The Squickerwonkers.

The release event was held at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, where she attended a book signing for the work in addition to providing a reading performance.

Lilly has stated that the idea for the book first came to her when she was fourteen years old. The forward to the book was written by director Peter Jackson.

Evangeline LillyShe described the work as "a graphic book series designed for children", stating that the book is about a young girl who joins a group of characters she described as "this family, the Squickerwonkers, and they're strange outcasts who all have very particular vices".

She has stated that future books will each reveal a new Squickerwonker character and unique vice, which will eventually become the undoing of the character.

The illustrator for the book is Johnny Fraser-Allen of Weta Workshop, a New Zealand-based concept design firm that worked on films including The Hobbit. Lilly stated that the goal was to "make a book that we would like to have read as children and that we would still enjoy as adults today".


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Evangeline Lilly Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie Police Officer
2003 Stealing Sinatra Model in commercial
2005 The Long Weekend Simone
2006 Just Yell Fire Herself
2008 Afterwards Claire
2009 The Hurt Locker Connie James Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2011 Real Steel Bailey Tallet
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Tauriel
2013 The NSA Video narrator A short documentary about NSA surveillance, produced by Demand Progress and Fight for the Future
2014 The Hobbit: There and Back Again Tauriel Post-production (additional filming 2013)
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Reviews on the Run Hardware girl
2002–2004 Smallville Various 1 episode
2004 Kingdom Hospital Benspoln's girlfriend 1 episode: "Heartless"
2004–2010 Lost Kate Austen 114 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2007)
Nominated—National Television Award for Most Popular Actress (2006)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2005)
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Breakout Performance – Female
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Chemistry (Shared with Matthew Fox and Josh Holloway)

Other awards

Year Award Work Result
2010 Alliance of Women Film Journalists The Hurt Locker Won
2010 Denver Film Critics Society The Hurt Locker Nominated

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Year Brand Country
2005 LiveLinks USA
2006 Karastan Carpets USA
2006 Michelle K Footwear USA
2007–2008 Davidoff Coolwater Women Europe
2009 Baume et Mercier
2009–present L’Oreal Paris International



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