3 August 1979, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Nicole Evangeline Lilly
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Evangeline Lilly, born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in 1979, was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia by the famous Ford modeling agency. Although she initially decided to pass on a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford anyway, to help pay for her University of British Columbia tuition and expenses.
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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.
Fluent in French and loves ice skating, canoeing, kayaking, snowboarding and rock climbing.
Refused to do a partial nude scene in an early episode of "Lost" (2004).
Voted one of the Breakout Stars of 2004 by Entertainment Weekly Magazine
Named #2 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Prior to her starring role on "Lost" (2004), she worked as an extra on film sets to help pay her University tuition. She can be seen in episodes of "Tru Calling" (2003), "Dead Like Me" (2003) and "Smallville" (2001), and in several films including White Chicks (2004), Stealing Sinatra (2003) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003).
Presented The Tragically Hip at Live 8 Canada.
Has two sisters - younger sister is named Andrea.
Before starring on "Lost" (2004), she worked a variety of other jobs. She has worked as a flight attendant, waitress, and completed oil changes on big rigs while doing commercials and modeling to earn money for University.
Her father is a Home Economics teacher in Canada. Her mother worked as a cosmetician and ran a daycare center.
Attended the University of British Columbia where she attained a degree in international relations.
Kate, her character on "Lost" (2004), is frequently seen climbing trees. This is because the very athletic Lilly loves to climb trees herself.
First discovered by agent Jeff Palffy, formerly Ford Models, now with PMG Management in Vancouver, who was instrumental in her first break on Lost.
Ranked as #75 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
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" (2004). During a guest spot on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993), David Letterman embarrassed the actress by playing one of her commercials on the show.
Named #73 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Her house in Hawaii was destroyed by a fire. Luckily, no one was hurt. [December 2006]
Ranked #68 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Very close friends with her Lost co-star Josh Holloway.
Ranked #12 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).
Ranked #88 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Her former husband was a Canadian hockey player.
Met boyfriend Dominic Monaghan on the set of "Lost" (2004). They have dated ever since 2004.
I'm very picky when it comes to men. I come across a man who I'm really attracted to about once every five years.
I love being outside - that's where I'm the happiest.
I feel like I'm in boot camp. On Lost - my first year was baptism by fire. I just was thrown in. And I had no idea what I was doing, not just on set, and not just as an actor, but as a public figure. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea how to cope with it, and what the best ways were to manage it. I'm constantly learning that and therefore, in learning it, I knew I didn't want to - one of the first things I knew was, I don't want to have this beast become so big and uncontrollable that I am swallowed up by it.
To put it simply - you know, a lot of people believe that the benefit of this job is fame and fortune. I believe that you pay for the fortune through the fame. I don't buy into the notion that being famous is somehow a good thing, or an exciting thing, or a wonderful thing. I think it's more cumbersome and more of a hindrance to your life than it is the other. But the fortune is fantastic. I'll take it, and I have no complaints. But it's not - you know, I didn't become an actress because I wanted to be famous. I didn't become an actress because this is the ultimate career goal of my life. I became an actress by accident. I was doing a psychological exercise with myself, challenging myself, by going to auditions. I had no idea that it would connect to a job. I had no intention for it to connect to a job. I was doing it as an exercise. So when I got a job, I, in that moment, had to sit down and go, "Do I want to be an actor?"
Even if you're unhappy, just pretend that you're happy. Eventually, your smile will be contagious to yourself. I had to learn that, I used to think, 'I'm being fake,' but you know what? Better to be fake and happy than real and miserable. - on her mindset