EVAN­GE­LINE LILLY Life af­ter Lost.

From LOST to FOUND Evan­ge­line Lily opens up about her strug­gles in the spot­light and find­ing her happy place

WHO - - Contents - By Kara Warner ■

Evan­ge­line Lilly has re­ceived dozens of award nom­i­na­tions through­out her 14-year act­ing ca­reer but says the great­est honour she’s ever re­ceived is her 7-year-old son Ka­hek­ili’s ap­proval. “He thinks it’s cool that his mom slays orcs and that she’s the Wasp,” says Lilly, 38. “He also thinks if a rob­ber broke into our house, I’d be the one to deal with it, not Dad. Dad, by the way, is 6'3" and a big Hawai­ian guy.” Although Lilly has made a ca­reer of play­ing char­ac­ters who kick butt—kate on Lost, war­rior elf Tau­riel in The Hob­bit and the shrink­able su­per­hero Wasp in Ant-man and its se­quel Ant-man and the Wasp (out now)— the Cana­dian na­tive didn’t set out to do so.

In fact, her en­tire ca­reer was some­what of an ac­ci­dent. While study­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia she says she fell into act­ing dur­ing an “ex­er­cise in self-­ex­pres­sion.” Less than two months later she was on a beach in Hawaii shoot­ing the Lost pi­lot. “It sounds weird but I had no in­ten­tions of get­ting a job,” she says. “But I was dead broke. They said, ‘ We’ll give you a lit­tle chunk of change if you’d come and shoot this pi­lot.’ I was like, ‘Hell yeah, I’ll go!’ ”

While the suc­cess of Lost al­le­vi­ated any fi­nan­cial worry—and she dated co-star Do­minic Mon­aghan for a few years—it sad­dled her with an un­ex­pected other stress: overnight celebrity. “I was never en­am­oured by the idea of fame,” she says, ad­mit­ting she went through “a pretty dark time” com­ing to terms with be­ing a pub­lic fig­ure. In fact she planned on re­tir­ing from act­ing af­ter Lost ended in 2010 and for two years en­joyed life off the grid mov­ing to Hawaii with her part­ner Nor­man Kali who worked in film pro­duc­tion and is now a stay-at-home dad.

She took up surf­ing and wrote scripts and

“I was never en­am­oured by the idea of fame”

chil­dren’s books. She also set­tled into the role of be­ing a mum, hav­ing Ka­hek­ili in 2011 and a daugh­ter in 2015.

But when Peter Jack­son of­fered her a role in The Hob­bit, she couldn’t turn it down. Same with Ant-man. Lilly says she had to find a way to “make peace” with work­ing in Hol­ly­wood and “em­brace all the things that made me un­com­fort­able.” She did—and she has her low-key is­land home life to keep her grounded. “I had to find a place in which I could be happy,” she says. “And now I very much am.”

As Wasp (with Paul Rudd’s Ant-man) Lilly is the first fe­male su­per­hero in the ti­tle of a Marvel movie.

Lilly’s Hob­bit char­ac­ter, Tau­riel, did not fea­ture in the orig­i­nal nov­els and was cre­ated for the film adap­ta­tions.

“There’s a ru­mour ev­ery year that they are go­ing to re­boot Lost,” Lilly said of the show that rock­eted her to fame. “I’ve al­ways been some­body who loves fit­ness and health and I stay in shape,” Lilly says.

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