Facts About Evangeline Lilly:
Evangeline Lilly has been a part of our lives for so many years and we are glad for that. We all know her as Kate Austen from the ground-breaking TV show ‘Lost’ and now she is a big part of our beloved Marvel Cinematic Universe. She has managed to find the perfect balance between her professional and personal life.
#1: She has been involved in Humanitarian work since childhood
Social upliftment has been a part of Evangeline Lilly’s life for a very long time. She has lived in a grass hut in the jungles of the Philippines with a missionary group when she was a teenager. She has been a volunteer for children’s projects since the age of 14. She founded and ran a world development and Human Rights Committee at her university. It is good to see an actress using her influence to do good in the world.
#2: She did a lot of odd jobs
Before getting her breakout role in the show Lost, Evangeline Lilly worked as a flight attendant, a waitress and she completed oil changes on big rigs before doing commercials and extra work on film sets. Lilly stated that working as a Flight attended was the worst job she ever had as she hated every single aspect of it.
#3: She had Aquaphobia
Evangeline Lilly almost drowned two times when she was a child. Due to this, she developed a major fear of water and did not go near water for years. She ultimately overcame her fear at the age of 22 and thanks to that she was able to work in the show Lost, which is set up on an island.
#4: She was discovered on the Street
Ford Modelling Agent, Jeff Palffy discovered Evangeline Lilly while she was walking down the street in Canada. After seeing her on the street, Jeff was impressed by Lilly and then he approached her. She accepted his offer and he became Lilly’s first agent and was instrumental in her first break on Lost (2004).
#5: She is a Published author
Evangeline Lilly is a woman of many talents, apart from stellar acting, she is also a published author for the children’s book series, The Squickerwonkers. She said that the idea for the books first came to her when she was 14 years old. Lilly debuted her first book for the series in 2013 and she has been writing ever since.
#6: She is a very bad driver
Evangeline Lilly has done a lot of good things in her life but she has also helped greatly in reinforcing the popular negative stereotype that women cannot drive. She has been a part of at least 8 car accidents, and none of them were with another car. Luckily, she never injured anyone.
#7: She ‘lost’ her House to a Fire
On December 20, 2006, an electrical problem set fire to Lilly’s house Kailua, Hawaii, destroying the entire house and all of her possessions. Luckily no one was in the House at the time as she was busy with the filming of the show Lost.
#8: Her nickname was “Monkey”
Evangeline Lilly has spent a lot of time living in nature since her childhood. She knows how to live outdoors without breaking a sweat. On the sets of ‘Lost’, everyone called her “Monkey” as she used to climb trees in her free time on the sets. If you ever see her climb a tree, it is absolutely real.
#9: She is a huge fan of Tolkien
Evangeline Lilly has been a big fan of Tolkien’s work. She has been reading his work since she was 13 years old. One of the finest moments of her professional career was when she got the opportunity to play Tauriel in the Hobbit. She jumped at the opportunity to play the role. In order to prepare for the role, she underwent training for swordplay, archery, and even learned Elvish.
#10: Worked as an Extra to pay for Tuition
Before her starring role on Lost (2004), she worked as an extra on film sets to help pay her university tuition. She can be seen in the episodes of Tru Calling (2003), Dead Like Me (2003) and Smallville (2001), and in several films, including White Chicks (2004), Stealing Sinatra (2003), and Freddy Vs Jason (2003).