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TV I Evangeline Lilly is sitting pretty in the land of the Lost

JOHN INTINI November 14 2005
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TV I Evangeline Lilly is sitting pretty in the land of the Lost

JOHN INTINI November 14 2005

TV

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TV I Evangeline Lilly is sitting pretty in the land of the Lost

JOHN INTINI

When Evangeline Lilly found out that Michelle Rodriguez was joining the cast of Lost this season, she headed straight to the producers. “First thing I asked them was if the two of us were going to end up in a mud fight or a wet T-shirt contest,” says Lilly, who regularly ranks high in magazine polls of the world’s sexiest women. “I wanted to know if things were going to come down to girlon-girl fights.”

Lilly was assured by J.J. Abrams, the show’s creator, that everything would remain tasteful. Her wardrobe-a col-

lection of tight tank tops and skimpy bathing suits-is another issue. “I only have a problem when it’s gratuitous,” says Lilly, who plays Kate Austen, a murderous convict and one of the planecrash survivors stuck on a mysterious island. “And I have little tiffs with the writers and directors all the time. For instance, I don’t know too many people who tear off their shirt because bees are chasing them.”

This season, a new pest has invaded the island of Oahu (where Lost is shot). “We’ve only just now been inundated by

‘She had mannerisms that she had to unlearn, like crinkling up her forehead in a crazy way.’

-Abrams,

on Lilly’s transformation into one of TV’s biggest stars

the paparazzi,” says Lilly, 26, who was born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. “The paparazzi was something Desperate Housewives had to deal with in L.A. during all of Season 1. We always felt safe in Hawaii.” Lilly has become a recent tabloid favourite-most of the published rumours relate to her possible engagement to Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings). Lilly claims that she and the former hobbit are just good friends.

All of this attention is a drastic change for someone who a little more than a year ago was planning on becoming a missionary. “I thought I’d spend my life living off the land and serving people in some remote place,” says Lilly, who has worked in more than a dozen developing countries.

But to help pay for tuition-she studied international relations at the University of British Columbia—Lilly gave in to the modelling and acting agents who had been after her for years (she signed with Ford Models and did a few commercials). Her role on Lost was her first real speaking part-before that she had played a dead body on a couple of TV dramas and was featured (albeit silently) on several late-night chat-line ads.

Lost is a better fit, as Lilly does know a few things about crashes. Having also trained to be a flight attendant, she’s versed in emergency landings. And she’s been in eight car accidents-all of which were her fault. “I’ve hit parked cars, snowbanks and fence posts,” she says. “The closest I’ve come to getting hurt is a scratch on my foot and a bit of whiplash. I’m a daydreamer. My mind wanders and the next thing I know I’m face first in a snowbank.”

Luckily, it never snows (and Lilly doesn’t drive) in Hawaii. For now, her biggest concern away from the set is outsmarting an underwear bandit. “I had several pairs stolen from the clothesline outside my house last season,” says Lilly. “It was a 12-year-old boy. A friend of mine caught him in the act, but she was so shocked she let him go. I was pretty sure my underwear was going to end up on eBay.” JOHN INTINI