Thank you so much for your thoughtful questions. Running off to a fitting for the upcoming BOFA press tour and the remainder of The Squickerwonker press tour. Lots and lots of love. xoxox

Hi guys!

Really excited to be back after my first AMA last year. I've just written The Squickerwonkers - my first ever children's book and I think you'll love it if you check it out.

Looking forward to your questions. Victoria's gonna be helping me get started today. AMA!

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cholicalcorp85 karma

What's the most annoying thing fans do when they meet you?

evangeline_lilly342 karma

Ask me if I'm lost or say "I found you!"

CaLaHa71784 karma

Hello Evangeline! Big fan.

What was your most memorable moment on the set of Lost, and why? Also, which actor is most like their character?

evangeline_lilly127 karma

I think we were all pretty like our characters. Most memorable moment? Phew...maybe whales breaching off the shore in the middle of a long and hot work day. Keeps you grateful.

parmaser74 karma

How do you feel about the creation of Tauriel? Tolkien had zero female characters in the novel so this role must have been pretty special for you.

On a side note, just how cool was learning elvish??

evangeline_lilly152 karma

I LOVE elvish. I wish I was fluent. Yes, Tolkien was writing the Hobbit in the 1930s. He's forgiven. But, Peter was making his films in 2014...not so forgivable if you exclude women from stories now.

shivan2153 karma

How much were you directed in a regular episode of Lost by an appointed director, how much by the executive producers (did any of them treated actors especially?) and how much did you just use your already stored experienece from previous episodes?

evangeline_lilly126 karma

Mostly it was all stored experience. By season 6 it was tough for me to take direction from a visiting director after living and breathing Kate for six years.

totes-muh-gotes48 karma

Hi Evangeline! I was wondering what you do to keep in such great shape?

evangeline_lilly135 karma

Very little really. Health is really the accumulation of a lot of little habits. It's hard to make a sound bite out of them. I've thought of writing a book about it because there's too much to say. I live healthy. I love myself and my body. :-)

blahdenfreude45 karma

Evangeline! Would you rather fight one polar bear sized hobbit, or one hundred hobbit sized polar bears?

evangeline_lilly95 karma

Haha! polar bear sized hobbit. Numbers scare me. Size, not so much.

osasunista40 karma

Hi Evangeline,

Really enjoyed hearing you on the Nerdist SDCC panel, but my question is: just how drunk did you and Michael Rooker get?!

evangeline_lilly69 karma

Haha! Gosh, I admittedly DID get a little drunk on stage w Michael Rooker. Rooker, on the other hand, barely touched his beer. ;-)

jonemillard28 karma

Hey Evangeline,

Have you ever had any strange fan encounters?

evangeline_lilly72 karma

Very few. Only one scary. I have WONDERFUL fans. Kind, generous, supportive...if often a bit nerdy. ;-)

ahnmin25 karma

If you could work with any filmmaker, living or dead, who would it be?

evangeline_lilly72 karma

Wes Anderson.

evangeline_lilly47 karma

Spike Jones

Rgfe24 karma

Hey evangeline, I just joined reddit 2 seconds ago to join this AMA! Will u be coming to ireland on your book tour? Love to get my book signed in person. ✌️✌️ Also, I know you're probably fed up of this, but I LOVE you in lost it's such an amazing show, poignant but also exciting.

evangeline_lilly49 karma

Thank you so much! I will be in London for a book signing on Dec 4th, but no Ireland...UNFORTUNATELY. Did you know that I have Irish heritage and I've NEVER been to Ireland. :-(

emiilina24 karma

Hi Evangeline. Excited to hopefully see you in London! What is the best advice someone has given you?

evangeline_lilly122 karma

Corey Stoll taught me when you high five, look at the elbow. Works every time!

croger2323 karma

Hello Evangeline, I just wanted to say that you're a wonderful actress who inspires me greatly. Also, I only recently started watching 'Lost', I love it!! :) My question is; where did you get your inspiration to write 'The Squickerwonkers' ? Thanks. :)

evangeline_lilly28 karma

Thank you! I got my inspiration from Dr Suess for the original poem and from Johnny Fraser Allen for the new version. :-)

SerTokesAlot23 karma

If you could have played any other character on lost, including male characters, who would you have wanted to play?

evangeline_lilly50 karma


Fox24819 karma

What's your favorite book?

evangeline_lilly32 karma

At the moment A Fraction of The Whole by Steve Toltz is up there. I can't have just ONE fav book, though...

We36519 karma

Hi Evangeline! We365/Free The Children here. We're so inspired by your passion for the environment! Can you tell us what got you inspired and what young people can do to help you change the world?

evangeline_lilly29 karma

Tim Flannery's book "The Weather Makers" really lit a fire under my butt. Young people can do SO much to change the world: dream, envision, have passion and courage. Don't do what we've been doing, find the NEW, revolutionary way of living. I try to encourage people to really get involved on a LOCAL level. Don't focus on the world, focus on your community? How can you facilitate change there?

JJohnCarlos19 karma

I want to become a TV writer. TV and books are very different, but what advice can you give me to succeed? Thank you. I am a big fan of yours!

evangeline_lilly69 karma

I would suggest getting a job as an extra on film sets. No joke. That's when I wrote my first script. There is SO much down time to write (bring your pen and paper) and you get to learn about filming and you will see good and bad writing being put into the mouth of good and bad actors. You can learn so much AND practice your craft AND get fed AND get paid. Win, win, win, win.

unicorn92818 karma

What's your favorite food?

evangeline_lilly69 karma

Probably cheese. I LOVE cheese.

JSwaggiee18 karma

What show are you currently binge watching?

evangeline_lilly46 karma

I don't, unfortunately, have time to binge watch TV, BUT, I'm a total The Voice addict and I love Modern Family and Justified.

Mbizzle13515 karma

Evangeline. Miss, Mrs Lilly. How did you feel filling the shoes of an original character not seen in The Hobbit books? Personally I'd have liked to see your character fleshed out a little more and really enjoyed the dynamic between two different Elven races, that almost magnanimous vibe you got from all your confrontations with other Elves.. Also, what was the reaction like from fans?

Loved Lost, it really brought me and the mum together - It was our first series we watched together and really brought us close, and Freckles was one of the best parts. Thanks!

evangeline_lilly30 karma

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I would also have loved to see Tauriel more flushed out, but I am glad that Peter showed restraint and kept the Elves from being too prominent in the film. The book was about the dwarves and Bilbo and, as a fan, I really wanted to see more of them.

That was the thing I was most proud about with was a show that brought people together.

rooneyROONEYrooney14 karma

Hi Evangeline!! On Jimmy Kimmel you brought up how after high school, you decided to move from town to town approximately every six months and take on a different persona. What type of personas did you master during these glory years and why did you take on the “girl who poops herself at every party” persona in good ol’ Kamloops?

evangeline_lilly52 karma

hm...not sure where the pooping bit comes from, but I'd like to dispel that myth here and now. WAS NEVER THAT GIRL. I also didn't live in Kamloops, but Kelowna. That said, I would change personas as in: I would try on the quiet wallflower and then the confident ice queen, then the strong tom boy, etc, etc, etc

Mxgdmn14 karma

What did you take home from the LOST set?

evangeline_lilly58 karma

The original Dear Mr Saywer letter. Then it burned in my house fire.

marvel_dcf12 karma

Hey Evangeline! Big fan. Would love to know if you have anything planned Marvel-wise beyond Ant-Man? Thanks!

evangeline_lilly45 karma

I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

you_ruin_everything12 karma

EVANGELINE!!!! SUCH A HUGE FAN!!!! There was a rumor that you nearly got Harold Perrineau fired from Lost because he was farting during one of the wreckage scenes early on in the series. Is there any validity to this at all?????

evangeline_lilly49 karma

Haha! NONE AT ALL. Firstly, Harold is a complete gentleman and just wouldn't do that. And, secondly, I'm a total sailor and would have just laughed my pants off if he did.

drocks2710 karma

Evangeline ,

I think it is awesome you are writing children’s books now. How hard was it to get it published? Do you think your child will enjoy the series as he grows up?

evangeline_lilly17 karma

Everybody said "no" to me about publishing The Squickerwonkers. I really had to push to get even Titan to say 'yes'. My son LOVES the book more and more as he gets a bit older. :-) So rewarding.

evangeline_lilly24 karma

I don't think I can ever go back. ;-)

cmageeuhlik10 karma

Hello Ms. Lilly! First of all, I admire and respect you so much. You are a real life hero to me-you have been an inspiration for me for many years, and I've learned so much by watching your work, both on camera and off, and I just want to thank you for that. So thank you! Even if you don't know it, you have been a large influence on my life and have taught me some valuable life lessons. Also, The Squickerwonkers is amazing and I love it so much. I can't wait to buy copies for all my friends and family. Congratulations! I'm going to cheat a little on my question here and ask, what's something you don't get asked about enough that you'd like the chance to say a sentence or two about? Something important to you that your fans don't typically inquire about? (P.S. I recently sent a message to your page and it would mean the world to me if you got the chance to read it...what are the chances you'd have a moment to do so? I know you're crazy busy, so maybe in a couple weeks! I know someone else bribed you with money to read their message, but since I am poor and have already donated as much as I can, I will send you a virtual hug in thanks! ;) Thank you and travel safe!)

evangeline_lilly28 karma

Well, you sound like a total #SuperELf. Thank you for your generosity of spirit!

I often want to talk about how the images you see of me in magazines and such are usually not a great representation of who I really am. You see, magazine shoots are a partnership and I have to service the magazine's image, as opposed to my own. We will always try to meet in the middle, but I usually feel compromised in a some small way (and sometimes in very big ways) when I finish a shoot and then again when I see the images, even if they're beautiful. It's not pure. It's tainted with the brand of something else. But, every once in a grand while, it's kismet and the stars align and I get an image of me that REALLY expresses who I am. :-) Thanks for asking!

shivan219 karma

What's your short for Evangeline?

evangeline_lilly20 karma

Haha! I get EL a lot.

perdur8 karma

Hi Evangeline! I'm a huge fan of your most "controversial" characters (Kate and Tauriel). What's it like to see fans so divided over your roles?

P.S. I've seen you defend Tauriel quite often in Hobbit interviews and I'm so glad you're sticking up for her - we need more kickass women who stand up for themselves, both in Hollywood and in Middle-earth!

evangeline_lilly18 karma

First, thank you for the encouragement! Second, I tend to ignore the controversy. Controversy is firstly good and secondly inevitable in my profession. I've even heard people knocking Meryl Streep! I'm mean, if she's not safe, who is! But I just like passion and discourse so, I think the controversy is good.

cholical8 karma

What is one thing I shouldn't ask you?

evangeline_lilly27 karma

Questions about my son. I am a Leo and fiercely protective over my kin. xo

seismicor8 karma

What was the most exciting thing on the set of Lost when cameras were not rolling?

evangeline_lilly34 karma

Shooting is not exciting, when the cameras are rolling or not. I hate so very much to burst anyone's bubble but just as any cast or crew member on any project...filming is a slow and tedious business. The most excitement for the crew was when they'd get to go surf North Shore waves at lunch. THAT was pretty remarkably special for any shoot.

seismicor8 karma

Hi, Evangeline. Have you considered starring in another TV series? If so is there a specific genre you're interested in or genre doesn't matter to you?

evangeline_lilly24 karma

No, but I'd love to guest star on a few. Modern Family and Arrested Development come to mind.

thecricketnerd7 karma

How often do people tell you that you have to go back? How many have beards?

evangeline_lilly28 karma

Innumerable people and they all have beards.

RabzD7 karma

Hey Ms. Lilly!

I sadly won’t be able to make it to the Toronto meet up tonight but I wanted to ask, what’s a random hobby of yours that nobody would every expect?

Have fun at the signing and congratulations on your book!

evangeline_lilly26 karma

Random hobby? I USED to collect stamps and am still very into them. #random!

UnreliableDarkness6 karma

What do you usually do on your free time?

evangeline_lilly24 karma

Free time? What's that? :-) I spend 95% of my free time with my family. I don't get much of it, so, what I get goes to them.

Enjoys_A_Good_Shart6 karma

Evangeline, what do you like on your pizza? Keep in mind that I will be getting drunk this weekend and I will be getting pizza.

evangeline_lilly17 karma

Ham, mushroom, black olives. Every time. #childhoodhangover

richard-karn6 karma

Have you stayed close friends with any of the cast members from Lost?

evangeline_lilly29 karma

Yes! Jeremy Davies and I are very close friends. And Elizabeth Mitchel. Sadly we don't see each other much, though. Busy lives!

mstepa5 karma

Hi Evangeline, i have several questions: What do you think about your role and whole Hobbit trilogy? What can you tell us about ant-man? What scene/moment in Lost is your favorite? Do you think about directing films? Thanks for answers :)

evangeline_lilly12 karma

Phew! That's a lot to answer here: -I LOVED playing Tauriel and was so happy that she turned out to be a fan favorite. -The ants are the coolest part of the movie. Can't WAIT to see it. -When Claire had baby Aaron.
-Since creating The Squickerwonkers and the interactive book for it, yes, I do think about directing, but I'm def not ready right now.

Harryboii4 karma

What is it like working with lee pace?

evangeline_lilly6 karma

I have a friend crush on Lee. He's the best. And such a formidable talent to work with.

Mist3rA4 karma

How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

evangeline_lilly15 karma long as there was food, yes. But, I'm useless after five hours without eating. ;-)

dayofthedead2044 karma

Hi Evangeline,

Thanks for doing this AMA! I’m a big fan.

I have two questions: What makes you proud to be Canadian?

And are you a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones and if so who’s your favorite character?

evangeline_lilly29 karma

I'm a bit confused about what it means to be Canadian now. The Harper government has undermined so many of the things that MADE me proud to be Canadian: respect for and harmony with Mother Nature, socialist in all the right ways, fair in considering international issues...

Spongejuanito4 karma

Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions?

evangeline_lilly14 karma

Not really. We don't what most people do. But I do LOVE it. I think I like Thanksgiving better than Christmas. I like being thankful more that giving and receiving.

yanktoast3 karma

Hi Evangeline! I've been a huge fan since LOST.

Are you still an Eisley fan? How about any other female-fronted bands?

evangeline_lilly7 karma

I haven't kept up enough with Eisley. Thank you for the reminder! I need to check out what they've been doing since Room Noises (love!). Female fronted bands: LOOOOOVE The Cranberries and The Weepies.

MotoJosh3 karma

Bonjour, Evangeline.

When you started producing Lost, did any of you have any idea how huge it was going to be? Also, were you pleased with the way the series ended? I hear alot of people gripe about it, but I personally enjoyed it.

evangeline_lilly10 karma

We knew it would either FLOP or SOAR. There was no middle ground for a show like Lost back then. I was very proud of the ending.

Paguban3 karma

Regarding The Hobbit, what was your most challenging scene to film? And why? Did you love being Tauriel? If you can't say anything about #BOFA, maybe you can comment about The Desolation of Smaug :)

evangeline_lilly8 karma

Emotion was really challenging while playing Tauriel. How do Elves emote? (I LOVED playing her. I love the challenge.)

StoryArtist133 karma

Hi, big fan! Some questions from my friends and I:

  1. What advice do you have for young aspiring actors/actresses who fear trying to go into a potentially non-stable career?

  2. I know that you are a big fan of the Hobbit novel, but your character Tauriel is not in the original book. What are your thoughts about that?

  3. How does preparing for Taurial compare to preparing for other roles you've played?

evangeline_lilly8 karma

Okay, quick answers but I'll do all three: 1. I would recommend having something other than acting that occupies your thoughts and mind, too. Otherwise you get to desperate and desperation stinks in auditions. 2. Tauriel WAS in the books, she just wasn't named. Tolkien wrote about Mirkwood elves, he just didn't introduce us to any. ;-) Peter just took the liberty of introducing you to a few. 3. It was the hardest role I've ever had to prepare for and, as such, the best.

mr_sn32 karma

If you had to defeat a man with just one hit,what would you do???

evangeline_lilly38 karma

Balls. Everytime.

cassiebanaszek2 karma

Congrats on the book! If you had the opportunity to switch roles with any actor/actress you've worked with (and what movie/roles), who would you want to play and why?

evangeline_lilly30 karma

I would like to play Zoe Dechanel roles. I am much more like that in real life and sometimes I get tired of playing such serious, strong women. Sometimes I wish I could just play roles where I smile and I'm sweet and quirky.

PaulBresson2 karma

Do you have any project of futur book after "The Squickerwonkers" ?

evangeline_lilly5 karma

Yes! The Squickerwonkers is a series of 18 books. Also, I'm planning to create a YA/Adult graphic novel series and novel series next year. xo