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Evangeline Lilly is a Canadian actress. She gained fame for her role as Kate Austen in the ABC program Lost (2004–10); for this, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award and received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Evangeline ‘s acting career began when she was discovered by a Ford Modelling Agency agent while walking the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia. She took the agent’s business card but did not immediately pursue acting. She eventually called and the agency landed her several roles in commercials and non-speaking parts in the TV shows Smallville and Kingdom Hospital.
Evangeline was encouraged to audition for ABC’s Lost and did not expect to get cast. The secrecy campaign meant auditioning actors could not access the full script, could only read short scenes and only knew the basic premise of people surviving a plane crash on a tropical island: this reminded Lilly of The Blue Lagoon and she thought Lost would “at best be a mediocre TV show”.
Around 75 women auditioned for the part of Kate Austen. Writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof said that he and executive producer and co-creator J. J. Abrams “were fast-forwarding through a tape, and he saw her and said, ‘That’s the girl.
Lost ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2010. It was one of the top shows on ABC’s primetime schedule during its run, winning one Golden Globe Award and ten Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2005, and was ranked the top-rated TV show of the decade by IMDb. Evangeline appeared in 108 of the show’s 121 episodes, and her character, Kate Austen, was the show’s female lead. Entertainment Weekly voted Evangeline one of its “Breakout Stars of 2004.” In 2006, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Evangeline is also known for her roles as Connie James in The Hurt Locker, Bailey Tallet in Real Steel, Tauriel in The Hobbit film series (2013 and 2014).
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she starred as the superhero Hope van Dyne / Wasp in the films Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Endgame.
Evangeline will star alongside Armie Hammer and Gary Oldman in 2019 movie Dreamland, directed by Nicholas Jarecki.