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WRITE OF PASSAGE
So she did. And this in turn led to her casting as
Hope van Dyne in Ant-Man, at which point this
most reluctant of actresses "had a little conversation
with myself" which led to her accepting that, try
as she might, she couldn't shake off the attentions
of Hollywood. She began what she describes as
"a journey of acceptance" which saw her, among
other things, stop denying to fans who she was and
allowing people to open car doors for her.
But fulfilment came in a different form when she
announced she was going to write a children's book
called The Squickerwonkers. It's been well received
(and is now a book series), and she admits she
values praise for her writing far more than any she
receives for acting.
"It's not something I am proud to admit, because
I recognise there are deep-seated issues. But it's
night and day," she admits. "I feel if somebody
acknowledges me as a writer, I can trust that much
more than somebody acknowledging me as a
performer. There is definitely a part of me that is
distrustful of anything based on my looks, and that
comes from the fact I was a smart girl and felt my
intelligence was undermined because I was pretty.
"I know it sounds like a pathetic sob story
because pretty is so helpful and useful in the world,
and my caveat is I acknowledge it's a blessing, but
I always feel people would consider my mind if
they'd not been distracted by my face. Writing does
not have that option: you only get to see what's in
my mind. Hopefully it will continue to develop
as I grow older, because as we know, Hollywood
is extremely prejudiced against age. I think that's
getting a little better, but that's partly because
women have decided to stop ageing. I have every
intention of ageing, so I recognise it won't be long
before work isn't as readily available."
She does not, I observe, sound too heartbroken
at this prospect. "Well let's just say," she laughs,
"writing was never a back-up plan. Writing was Plan
A. Acting was Plan B..." B
Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp is released in
2D and 3D on 3 August.

EVANGELINE'S
LIFE LESSONS

OLDEN, BUT
GOLDEN
"I have a relaxed approach
to health and fitness. I've
never had a trainer or a
personal chef; I don't do
pilates or yoga and I don't
have a gym in my house.
I'm kind of old-fashioned
and subscribe to 1980's
concepts of health and
fitness: if you put in more
than you take out, you're
going to gain weight."

MOVING STATEMENT
"There's a perception that
movement is unwanted,
and people think it's bad.
I think there's a repulsion to
the idea that anything
should be done manually
and people want things
done for them. I'm always
going out of my way to
move. If I'm on the sixth
floor of a hotel, I'll take the
stairs. If I'm on the 45th
floor... I'll take the elevator:
I'm not insane! I'm always
looking for ways to stay
active and use my body.
I love to run and stretch,
and I do tiny dumbbell
workouts to keep my
muscles from deteriorating.
I eat a lot of vegetables, but
I also eat meat, fat, sugar,
burgers, french fries and
ice cream. I have dessert
every day, but always in
moderation. Seventy
percent is what you eat,
30% is exercise. People
often see that the other
way round."

CONTROL FREAK
"I enjoy taking
responsibility for every
circumstance in my life and
not trying to blame, pin it
or push it off on someone
else. If anything makes me
uncomfortable, I say I've
created this, so have
control over whether it
stays uncomfortable or
shifts to a better place."

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