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Dec
16

Evangeline Lilly Reveals Janet Van Dyne’s Superhero Appearance

 

The superheroine Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, won’t be making any appearances in the upcoming Marvel feature “Ant-Man.” Don’t fret because actress Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne, Janet’s daughter, reveals something about her character’s mother. Read on for further details.

According to Comicbook.com, Lilly shared to Buzzfeed that her “mom” is part of the story and that she was in the heroics business, pretty much as his husband Hank Pym. Pym, who is the first “Ant-Man,” is played by Michael Douglas in the pic.

“I thought Edgar’s idea to blend the [Hank and Scott] stories was brilliant – You’re going to have fans up there who insist that you tell the story of Hank Pym, and fans up there who will be more on the Scott Lang side of it,” told Lilly BuzzFeed in a post from Comicbook website.

She added: “And what’s cool is that, you know, Janet Van Dyne is my mom. Hank Pym is my father. I was raised by two superheroes.”

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Dec
16

Evangeline Lilly Talks Ant-Man and Edgar Wright’s Departure

Next year will not only see the release of Marvel’s gigantic sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, but also the long-in-development Ant-Man, which has had a difficult road in getting to the big screen. Few names were ever brought up for the female lead in the film besides Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope Van Dyne in the film, but the actress has revealed that she almost refused to appear in the film.

“Initially, I was like, no way. No way.” Lilly told BuzzFeed. “And then they said, ‘Paul Rudd’s playing the lead.’ And I was like, ‘Oh sh*t. I love Paul Rudd. I really want to work with him!’ So I was like, ‘OK, well, send me the script. I’ll read it and I’ll consider it.’ And then I started watching Marvel [Studios] movies, which I hadn’t done before. … I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to movies — like, the popcorn-munching movies, I never go see them. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought, these are actually incredible — they’re making fantastic films.”

Lilly also spoke about Wright’s departure and that she almost considered walking away after the director did.

“We all, I think, signed on very enthusiastically with Edgar. We were excited to work with Edgar. We were fans of Edgar. So when the split happened, I was in the fortunate position where I had not signed my contract yet. So I had the choice to walk away, and I almost did. Because I thought, Well, if it’s because Marvel are big bullies, and they just want a puppet and not someone with a vision, I’m not interested in being in this movie. Which is what I was afraid of.’

“I finally got the script literally the day before I was supposed to go in for fittings…I saw with my own eyes that Marvel had just pulled the script into their world. I mean, they’ve established a universe, and everyone has come to expect a certain aesthetic [and] a certain feel for Marvel films. And what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp of films. They were very different. And I feel like, if [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision — which would have been, like, classic comic book — it would have been such a riot to film [and] it would have been so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe. It would have stuck out like a sore thumb, no matter how good it was. It just would have taken you away from this cohesive universe they’re trying to create. And therefore it ruins the suspended disbelief that they’ve built.”

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Dec
16

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Poster

Here’s the Tauriel poster!

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Oct
13

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

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