Evangeline Lilly

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Actress

Birth Date: August 3, 1979

Age: 44 years old

Birth Place: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada

Evangeline Lilly is 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.

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Assembled: The Making of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

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2023

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: Extras

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2023

Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaStream

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Hope van Dyne/Wasp
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2023
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What If...?Stream

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Hope van Dyne
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2021
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Dreamland

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Claire Reimann
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2021

South of HeavenStream

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Annie
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2021
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GMA3: What You Need to Know

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2020

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Avengers: EndgameStream

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Hope van Dyne/The Wasp
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2019
94%

Ant-Man and the WaspStream

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Hope van Dyne/Wasp
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2018
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Little Evil

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Samantha
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2017

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2016

Ant-Man: Extras

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2015

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Hope van Dyne
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2015
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Tauriel
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2014

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2014

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2014

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2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesStream

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Tauriel
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2014
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The Social

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2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugStream

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Tauriel
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2013
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Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Entertainment Studios.TV

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2012

The Jonathan Ross ShowStream

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2011

Real SteelStream

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Bailey Tallet
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2011
60%

ConanStream

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2010

The Talk

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2010

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

Afterwards

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Claire
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2008

The Hurt LockerStream

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Connie James
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2008
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Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

The One Show

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2006

etalk

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2006

Entertainment Tonight Canada

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2005

Popcorn

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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

LostStream

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Kate Austen
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2004
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Kingdom Hospital

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2004

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

The Daily Show With Jon StewartStream

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1999

The View

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1997

Entertainers: With Byron Allen

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1994

Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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1993

Late Show With David Letterman

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1993

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Good Morning America

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1975

Canada AM

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1972

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