Nicole Evangeline Lilly is a Canadian actress probably best known as Kate Austen from the TV series “Lost.” She is set to appear in “The Hobbit 2: The Desolating of Smaug” as the elf Tauriel.
Her nicknames include Evi and Monkey (due to her love of climbing trees) and she is fluent in French and English.
Evangeline Lilly was discovered by the Ford modeling agency while she was on the streets in Kelowna, British Columbia. At first, she didn’t sign with them, but decided to after it would help her pay for her tuition at the University of British Columbia where she studied International Relations.
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She thought her beauty came at a cost. “I spent many nights crying myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because of the way men leered and disrespected me.”
Before hitting it big on “Lost,” she had a variety of other jobs to pay the bills, including flight attendant, waitress and even changed oil on big rigs. She was also a missionary in the Philippines.
Evangeline Lilly almost lost the role on “Lost” due to a delay in getting a work visa to enter the United States.
On “Lost,” she said, “I had no idea what I was doing, not just on set, and not just as an actor, but as a public figure. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea how to cope with it, and what the best ways were to manage it.” After the first season, Evangeline Lilly retreated and did missionary work in Rwanda. “I just disappeared off the face of the earth.”
Always interested in social causes, on her 26th birthday she brought a recycling bin to the set of "Lost" and asked the cast and crew to start recycling as a gift to her.
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Evangeline Lilly has also appeared in “Real Steel” and “The Hurt Locker,” among other projects. She has also been in many “sexiest” lists.
Aside from acting, she likes to read, write, paint and enjoy nature. As to dating she said, “I’m very picky when it comes to men. I come across a man who I’m really attracted to about once every five years.” She thinks Valentine’s Day is a commercial marketing scam to make men feel bad, “so I let my boyfriends off the hook.”
Evangeline Lilly has a son, Kahekili, (Hawaiian for “the thunder”) who was born naturally in a home birth. She was previously married to Murray Hone, and has dated fellow “Lost “ actor Dominic Monaghan. She now lives with her production assistant boyfriend.