Nicole Evangeline Lilly (born 3 August 1979) is a Canadian actress and author. She gained popular acclaim for her first leading role as Kate Austen in the ABC series Lost (2004–2010), which garnered her a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series and won her a Screen Actors Guild Award. In 2008, Lilly starred as Connie James in the Academy Award-winning war film The Hurt Locker (2008) and followed it with a role in the science fiction film Real Steel (2011).
Lilly at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Nicole Evangeline Lilly
3 August 1979
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
(m. 2003; div. 2004)
Lilly starred as Tauriel in The Hobbit film series, appearing in The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014). Since 2015, she has portrayed Hope van Dyne / Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring in Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Lilly is also the author of the ongoing children's book series The Squickerwonkers (2013–present), which is planned to include two different series of nine books each.
Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta on 3 August 1979. She was raised in British Columbia by her mother, a produce manager and her father, a home economics teacher. She has an older sister and a younger sister.
Lilly graduated from W. J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia; she played soccer and was vice-president of the student council. While in college, she worked as a waitress, did "oil changes and grease jobs on big rig trucks", and worked as a flight attendant for Royal Airlines to pay for her tuition. She grew up Christian. Her religion influenced her to visit the Philippines at age 18. Her interest in humanitarian causes and world development led her to major in International Relations at the University of British Columbia.
Lilly'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. She was also on a video game news and review show on the gaming television channel G4TV. 
Lilly was encouraged by a friend 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!'" The character almost had to be recast, as Lilly had trouble acquiring a work visa to enter the United States. Her application was finally accepted after nearly 20 tries and she arrived in Hawaii for filming one day late.
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.
Lilly, who was from 25 to 31 years of age during the show's run, appeared in 108 of 121 episodes, and her character, Kate Austen, was the show's female lead. Entertainment Weekly voted Lilly one of its "Breakout Stars of 2004". In 2006, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.
Robert Bianco of USA Today praised Lilly's performance in the episode "Eggtown", saying that it was almost worthy of a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination. In 2007, Lilly's portrayal was voted #1 Sexiest Woman on Television by TV Guide and made FHM's Top Sexiest.
Evangeline was voted one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People'. After shooting the final episode of Lost, Lilly said she was considering taking a break from acting to focus on her charity and humanitarian efforts. She told Vulture: "I consider acting a day job — it's not my dream; it's not my be-all, end-all." She says she uses her high-profile roles to further her humanitarian efforts, not to achieve stardom.
In 2008, Lilly appeared in the Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker. She and the rest of the cast won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble. Lilly followed this role with a leading part in psychological thriller film Afterwards. In 2010, Lilly stated her intention to focus on children's book writing and on feature film roles.
On 11 May 2010, Lilly announced on The View that she places writing and being a mother as top priorities but she likes acting as a day job and she will continue acting when possible. Lilly took a short retirement that year and was not in contact with Hollywood. In 2011, she appeared as Bailey Tallet in Real Steel. Despite having turned down a number of film offers, she travelled to Los Angeles to get the part after director Shawn Levy sent her the script. Levy said: "She's magnificent to look at, she's soulful, and she's sexy. I needed someone who you believed had grown up in a man's world. Bailey needed to have a strength and a toughness that was not at the expense of her being womanly."
In 2012, Lilly was cast as the Mirkwood elf Tauriel in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The character, which does not appear in the original book by Tolkien, was created by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh as the head of the Elven guard who wields a bow and two daggers as weapons. Lilly, who had been a fan of Tolkien's books since she was 13, underwent training for swordplay and archery, as well as in the Elvish language for the role. In 2015, Lilly played Hope van Dyne / Wasp in the superhero film Ant-Man, and later reprised her role in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
In June 2010, Lilly announced on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson that she would be writing a children's book and recited several excerpts. She has stated that her literary inspirations are children's book authors such as Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey.
On 18 July 2013, Lilly debuted the book, titled The Squickerwonkers. The release event was held at the San Diego Comic-Con, where she attended a book signing for the work in addition to providing a reading performance. Lilly has stated that the idea for the book first came to her when she was 14 years old. The foreword to the book was written by director Peter Jackson. She described the work as "a graphic book series designed for children", stating that the book is about a young girl who joins a group of characters she described as "this family, the Squickerwonkers, and they're strange outcasts who all have very particular vices".
Lilly has stated that future books will each reveal a new Squickerwonker character and unique vice, which will eventually become the undoing of the character. The illustrator for the book is Johnny Fraser-Allen of Weta Workshop, a New Zealand-based concept design firm that worked on films including The Hobbit. Lilly stated that the goal was to "make a book that we would like to have read as children and that we would still enjoy as adults today".
On 20 December 2006, an electrical problem set fire to her house in Kailua, Hawaii, destroying the house and all of her possessions while she was on the set of Lost. Though she lost all of her belongings, she said that the fire "was almost liberating, I'm in no hurry to clutter up my life again."
Lilly was married to Murray Hone from 2003 to 2004. She was also in a relationship with her Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan from 2004 to 2007. In 2010, Lilly began a relationship with Norman Kali. She gave birth to their first child, a son, in 2011. Their second child, another son, was born in October 2015.
She works with non profits such as the GO Campaign. In 2009, Lilly auctioned off custom lingerie in support of Task Brasil, "a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lost street children of Brazil by providing them secure housing". In 2010, she auctioned off three lunches in Vancouver, Honolulu, and Los Angeles to help widows and orphans in Rwanda, a country she has made numerous trips to as part of her charity work. Afterwards, in 2012, Lilly auctioned off a Hawaiian hike to raise money for the Sierra Club.
On 16 March 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Lilly refused to self-quarantine and said it was "#businessasusual" on Instagram and that she values freedom over her life, garnering criticism. On 26 March, Lilly apologized for her comments, calling them "dismissive, arrogant and cryptic."
Lilly presently lives with her father, who has stage 4 leukemia.
|2003||Stealing Sinatra||Model in Commercial||Uncredited|
|The Lizzie McGuire Movie||Police Officer|
|Freddy vs. Jason||School Student Next to Locker|
|2004||White Chicks||Party Guest|
|2005||The Long Weekend||Simone|
|2008||The Hurt Locker||Connie James|
|Afterwards||Claire||French title: Et après|
|2011||Real Steel||Bailey Tallet|
|2013||The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Tauriel|
|2014||The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies|
|2015||Ant-Man||Hope van Dyne|
|2017||Little Evil||Samantha Bloom|
|2018||Ant-Man and the Wasp||Hope van Dyne / Wasp|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2002–2004||Smallville||School Girl / Girl in Cinema / Wade's Girlfriend||4 episodes|
|2003||Tru Calling||Party Guest||Episode: "Morning After"|
|2004||Kingdom Hospital||Benton's Girlfriend||Episode: "Heartless"|
|2004–2010||Lost||Kate Austen||108 episodes|
|2018||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||Savannah Mason-Meyer|
Theme park attractionsEdit
|2019||Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!||Hope van Dyne / Wasp||Hong Kong Disneyland|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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