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Evangeline Lilly Lives Her Dream with “The Squickerwonkers”

“The Hobbit” and “Lost” actress Evangeline Lilly spoke with CBR TV’s Steve Sunu at Comic-Con International in San Diego to discuss her new venture — writing children’s books. Lilly brought her debut book, “The Squickerwonkers” featuring art by Weta’s Johnny Fraser-Allen, which actually began for Lilly when she was just 14 years-old. Lilly discusses making the transition from Hollywood actress to author, why she wanted to debut the book during Comic-Con and how “The Hobbit” both connected her to Fraser-Allen and inspired her to finally pursue her passion for writing. She also explains her collaborative process, what it feels like to see her dream realized, her future as an author and how she desperately wants to work with Wes Anderson.

On making the transition from Hollywood actress to children’s book author and why Comic-Con was the right place to debut her first book: It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve been dreaming about being a writer for a really long time. I bided my time and waited for the right moment, and hopefully this is my moment. I love writing. It’s my first and foremost passion and I’ve been fortunate to have a successful career as an actress, but, for me, acting kind of takes the back seat to writing.

That’s why I chose to debut at Comic-Con was because I know that these guys are no bullshit — they’ll tell you if it’s good and they’ll tell you if it’s bad. And if it’s good they’ll love you forever and if it’s bad they’ll never forgive you. [Laughs] I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I wanted to test myself against not only some of the toughest, but also most adoring and loving, fans in the world. And they’re my fans, you know? They’re people who like the kind of stuff I do as an actress so it gave me a safe place to go and be loved and be cared for.

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Aug
12

Happy Belated Birthday, Evangeline!

From all of us at Evangeline Online, we would like to wish Evangeline a very Happy Belated Birthday!

Aug
05

2014 MTV Movie Awards Winner – Best Fight

Congratulations to Evangeline & her co-star Orlando Bloom for winning ‘Best Fight’ at the MTV Movie Awards!

Apr
15

Women’s Health UK Cover

Evangeline is on the cover of this month’s Women’s Health (UK Edition).

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Mar
05

Talks ‘The Desolation Of Smaug,’

(Title of the article was actually longer, but I had to shorten it.)

Since playing Kate for six seasons on “Lost,” Evangeline Lilly has become a virtual standard-bearer for midriff-exposing tomboys. But that’s also the reason you haven’t seen her in as many roles since: she has a few stipulations that characters must meet in order for her to consider playing them, including no tank tops, and perhaps even more crucially, no love triangles. But as a massive fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, Lilly thrilled at the chance to join the cast of Peter Jackson’s adaptations of “The Hobbit”—even if the character was completely original, and as she soon discovered, finds herself in a love triangle.

Feeling a bit under the weather during the Los Angeles press day for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Lilly spoke to The Playlist via telephone as she scurried from one promotional event to the next. In addition to talking about her fan trepidations about having a new character added to Tolkien’s sacrosanct source material, Lilly discussed the challenges in bringing Tauriel to life, and finally, reflected on the opportunities, and deal-breakers, that guide her choices as an actress these days.

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Dec
13

Evangeline Lilly takes aim as a Middle-earth newbie

After Evangeline Lilly gave birth to her son Kahekili two years ago, there was only one man who was going to get her out of bed and onto a film set.

The director Peter Jackson had told her six years earlier at the Golden Globes that she would have been a perfect elf in his The Lord of the Rings movies — a thought that gutted Lilly, a full-fledged J.R.R. Tolkien nut. So when he came calling with a role in his follow-up The Hobbit prequel trilogy, she quickly traded maternity leave for Middle-earth.

“I was not about to tell Peter Jackson to go away with his elf ears,” says Lilly, 34. “I was like, ‘You bring those elf ears right over here!’ ”

A mere three months after having her child, the former Lost star put on those pointy appendages and grabbed a bow and dagger to play the female warrior Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (out Friday) and the third Hobbit film out next December, There and Back Again.

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Dec
13

Gallery Update: The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug

Added a still & a poster from the film to our Gallery.

Sep
15

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Featurette on New Zealand

Jun
18

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Teaser Poster

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Jun
14

First look at Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here is your first look at Evangeline as Tauriel in the film!

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Jun
06

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