Nicole Evangeline Lilly, born August 3, 1979, is a Canadian actress and author. She came to prominence for her starring role as Kate Austen in the ABC series Lost, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. Take a look below for 28 more fun and interesting facts about Evangeline Lilly.
1. Besides her role as Kate Austen on Lost, she’s also known for her roles as Connie James in The Hurt Locker, Bailey Tallet in Real Steel, Tauriel in The Hobbit movie series, and Hope van Dyne in the Marvel Cinematic movies Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
2. She was born in fort Saskatchewan in Alberta. She was raised in British Columbia by her mother and her father, a produce manager.
3. Lilly graduated from W.J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, British Columbia, where she played soccer and was vice president of the student council.
4. 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.
5. She grew up Christian and her faith influenced her decision to take part in a three week mission trip to the Philippines when she was 18.
6. Her interest in humanitarian causes and global development led her to major in International Relations at the University of British Columbia.
7. She founded and ran a world development and human rights committee at her university. She has lived under a grass hut in the jungles of the Philippines with a missionary group, and has been a volunteer for children’s projects since the age of 14.
8. Lilly is fluent in French and loves reading, writing, painting, long walks, tea and nature.
9. She refused to do a partial nude scene in an early episode of Lost.
10. She was voted one of the Breakout Stars of 2004 by Entertainment Weekly Magazine.
11. She was named number 2 on the Maxim Magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
12. Kate, her character on Lost, is frequently seen climbing trees. That’s because the very athletic Lilly loves to climb trees herself.
13. Jeff Palffy, formerly with Ford Models, now with PMG Management in Vancouver, was her first agent and was instrumental in her first break on Lost.
14. In 2003, she was cast in several commercials for a dating hot-line called LiveLinks. The late night ads ran for over two years on basic cable channels, even after she made it big on ABC’s hit drama Lost. During a guest spot on the Late Show with David Letterman, David Letterman played one of her commercials on his show.
15. Her house in Hawaii was destroyed by a fire. Luckily, no one was hurt.
16. In 2011, she confirmed after much speculation that she’s 8 months pregnant with her first child by boyfriend Norman Kali, whom she has been in a relationship since May, 2010.
17. In 2011, US Weekly, revealed that she had given birth to her son Kahekili.
18. Lilly was 1 month pregnant with her son when she completed filming Real Steel.
19. She returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her son to begin filming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
20. Lilly delivered her son naturally in a home birth after a 30 hour labor.
21. She has English and Irish ancestry. Her father was raised in Kenya, as Lilly’s paternal grandparents served as missionaries in Africa. One of Lilly’s grandmothers was an English war bride.
22. In October 2015, she gave birth to her second child at age 36. The child’s father is her boyfriend, Norman Kali.
23. Lilly was married to Canadian Murray Hone from 2003 to 2004.
24. She was in a relationship with her Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan from 2004 to 2009.
25. 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 with secure housing.
26. In 2010, she auctioned off three lunches in Vancouver, Honolulu and Los Angeles to help widows and orphans in Rwanda, a country Lilly has made numerous trips to as part of her charity work.
27. In 2012, Lilly auctioned off a Hawaiian hike to raise money for the Sierra Club.
28. Lilly received wide-scale media attention for her beliefs regarding feminism expressed in a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post: “I’m very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don’t even like the word feminism because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I’m not interesting in trying to pretend to be a man.”