Evangeline Lilly has come a long way from nearly walking away from acting completely following her "Lost" experiences. "I think I made it quite publicly known that I wasn't sure if I had a future as an actress, if I wanted to pursue it beyond the show," she says. But she's made her peace with Hollywood — which is good, because her "Ant-Man" role may keep her busy for a while.
"Lost" coincided with the rise of TV recaps and online discussions, and you were a particularly popular target. How did that affect you?
The whole thing was completely overwhelming for me, and I really didn't enjoy my job. I had a hard time adjusting to the kind of attention that our show got, the kind of attention that I got, and living so publicly and being so exposed all the time was really uncomfortable for me. My intention was, "I'll see out my contract and then I am out. I can't do this." What's really great now is that "Lost" did start this trend in television where people do that about a lot of shows, and they get all that attention now. (laughs)
With all the talk about strong female characters and needing more female superheroes, do you feel like you get to be the future of that in a way?
I would love to be. If Marvel presented me a platform that I could get up on and do that, that would be a very immense honor for me. I think it's fairly publicly known that I like to represent strong females and that it's important to me what I put out on the screen.
Have they talked to you at all about the future of the character and when or if she might show up again?
No, actually, they haven't. I'm still waiting to find out. There is this running joke within the company that all the Marvel women are always pregnant. (laughs) Scarlett Johansson, Colbie Smulders, Zoe Saldana. Well, they all suddenly have job security. We're all suddenly in these multi-picture deals and we know there's another gig coming so we don't necessarily need to go out and look. I'm assuming and hoping that I'm going to get a call from Marvel sometime saying, "The movie was a hit, we want to make a sequel."
So the secret to being a successful working mother is having a deal with Marvel?
Exactly! (laughs) That's all you need, and then you can sit back and relax.