Evangeline Lilly is well known for her participation in the television series Lost as Kate Austen and for the performance of Tauriel in the second and third films of the The Hobbit trilogy. In Ant-Man she is Hope.
Evangeline Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada to a Christian Baptist family. The father is a home economics teacher and her mother is a beauty consultant. She also has two sisters. During her childhood, the family did not have a television.
Before leaving the city of Fort Saskatchewan at the age of 10 and moving to Abbotsford, near Vancouver, she attended three elementary schools: Fort Elementary, Rudolph Henning and James Mowat Elementary. During a telephone conversation with the local paper, The Record, Evangeline was quoted as saying, “When I was a child, the city was small. At the age of five I could ride a bike from one country to another … Fort Saskatchewan has lots of beautiful moments for me. I consider it a small happy refuge “.
After graduating from the W. J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, Lilly briefly served as a foreign missionary and lived for about a month in a hut built with grass in the Philippines at the age of 18. There she was offered a missionary position for two years, an offer that she finally refused at the behest of her parents.
She later enrolled at the University of British Columbia, where she graduated in International Relations, and was a Royal Airlines flight attendant.
Evangeline Lilly was discovered on the streets of Kelowna by the Ford Modeling Agency (currently known as Ford Models). Although she initially decided to pursue a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford in any case, to be able to pay the enrollment and expenses for the University of British Columbia. She was previously featured in several provocative TV commercials of LiveLinks Chatline, a service announced as the “best place to meet singles, make friends or chat by phone”. Her image is still used to promote this service. She also appeared in Judgment Day, a television series broadcast by G4. She appeared in the 2003 film Freddy Vs. Jason as a girl leaning against a locker (uncredited) and in three episodes of Smallville doing brief extras.
She appeared in the supernatural horror series of ABC Kingdom Hospital (2004). The first role of some importance was in Lost. Also appeared in the 2003 teenage film The Lizzie McGuire Movie as an (uncredited) Italian police officer.
Her salary in 2004 for Lost was $ 80,000 for each episode. Thanks to her role on Lost, one of the 2004 Breakout Stars was voted by Entertainment Weekly. Although she ranked eighth in the FHM ranking of the beautiful women in the world in 2006 and initially placed second in the Maxim “Hot 100” in 2005, it ranked 67th in the 2006 Maxim standings.
On December 14, 2006 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a dramatic series. During the summer of 2006 the action figures of her character in Lost were released, namely Kate Austen. In 2010 she was L’Oréal testimonial and participated in various commercials. In 2011 she starred in the film Real Steel.
Between 2011 and 2012 she was involved in the filming of the trilogy of The Hobbit, a film adaptation of the book of the same name. Evangeline will be present in the second and third films of the trilogy.
In March 2014 she joined the cast of the Marvel Studios Ant-Man cine-comic, released in 2015, as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Dr. Henry Pym. In October 2015 it was announced that Lilly will resume the same role in the sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, the first Marvel film to have in the title also the name of a heroine (there will be also Captain Marvel with Brie Larson).
She was married to the Canadian hockey player Murray Hone. In 2004 she had a relationship with Dominic Monaghan. On May 23, 2011 she and her boyfriend Norman Kali became parents of a boy. On October 23, 2015 their second child was born.