By any measure, 2018 has been a great year for Evangeline Lilly. Her character, Hope van Dyne, was the first female to co-headline a Marvel Studios film in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Lilly is poised to play a much larger role in the MCU going forward, and she's once again in a position to chart her own course in Hollywood.
However, Lilly has far loftier goals than simply being a star. She's a writer, a humanitarian and an advocate who wants to challenge perceptions.
SYFY WIRE recently caught up with Lilly for an exclusive extended interview that touched upon the moment that changed her approach to herself, and to her roles.
"I get fiercer and fiercer about that, where I have very little tolerance now for anybody wanting me to play what I recognize as a man in a woman’s body," explained Lilly. "That's not to say there’s such a thing as one man or one woman. We're all so nuanced and different. I know feminine men and I know masculine women and vice versa. I know feminine women and masculine men. We're this beautiful pantheon, but I just think that it's really important, for me."
Lilly went on to explain why she became a tomboy and the reasons she decided to embrace her feminine side. She also told us that she has a much greater appreciation for what she has now, especially after getting her big break on Lost.
"You know, I didn't earn it with Lost," said Lilly. "I didn’t earn it, I got cast so quickly and it was so easy. It was too easy. I was very suspicious of it all. It was like 'how did that happen? It doesn't make sense!' So I didn't realize the journey that people go through to get into this place as an actor."
For more about Lilly’s journey as a performer and a writer, check out Part 1 of our upcoming three-part series where we talk to her about everything from developing her Wasp fighting style to the life-changing journey of getting her original children's book series, The Squickerwonkers, out to the world.