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rticulate and outspoken, Evangeline Lilly, 38, is
momentarily - and uncharacteristically - lost
for words. The actress, soon to be seen in Marvel
superhero sequel Ant-Man and The Wasp (as
the eponymous black-and-yellow irritant), is
temporarily tongue-tied by that most difficult of
questions: what is the point of a wasp?
"The truth is, I have no idea," she laughs,
after a pause. "And now that I think about it,
what do they do? Maybe its purpose is just to be
elegant and badass!"
If that is the case, and it's as good a
description as any, then it's tempting to say
she's been extremely well cast. Elegant? Tick.
Since her breakthrough role as Kate Austen in
equal parts brilliant and bamboozling drama
Lost in 2004, she has been regularly included
in 'Most Beautiful' lists. Her subsequent turn
as ethereal elf Tauriel in The Hobbit trilogy did
little (despite the ears) to deter her admirers.
And badass? Well, she certainly doesn't
follow the conventional notions of what an
A-list Hollywood actress should say or do.
"I still look around this industry and see
so much conformity, and I see myself
conforming," she says with a mixture of
laughter and resignation. "It pisses me off when
I realise I gave up fighting. They wear you down
and you say, OK, I'll be who you want me to be."

MODEL ACTRESS
Born Nicole Evangeline Lilly in Fort
Saskatchewan, Alberta, the middle of three
sisters in a Christian, working-class Canadian
family, she was raised in Abbotsford, British
Columbia, by a grocery store manager dad and
childminder mum. At college, she was spotted
by Ford modelling agency on the street, but she

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