Evangeline Lilly quotes

  • 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 interested in trying to pretend to be a man. I don't want to embrace manhood, I want to embrace my womanhood.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Men #Feminism #Trying

  • There is a little bit of evil in all of us, and it's very easy to draw that out.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Evil #Littles #Easy

  • If Americans could choose, would they choose to work on the infrastructure for cancer-causing oil power or would they choose to work on the infrastructure for health-reviving wind power?
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Cancer #Wind #Oil

  • When I pick a role, one of the things that I aspire to is that somebody's parent will come up to me after the film has come out and say, "My daughter idealizes that character. You're her hero." That's what I aim for. We're in the business of making heroes.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Daughter #Hero #Character

  • It's not your circumstances that make or break your day. It's your attitude!
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Attitude #Break #Circumstances

  • I like fantasy. I like worlds where sometimes you need the special effects to make it come alive, but it's not so fun acting it.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Fun #Special #Acting

  • 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.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Real

  • I like to be around people who make me laugh. It's one of my favorite things on a set. I hate it when people take themselves serious in a film set.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Hate #People #Laughing

  • I think one of the things that is easy to have happened in a superhero story is that the female character, whether she be a heroine or not, can often be the wart on the man.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Character #Men #Thinking

  • I like ambiguity. I think it's so much more interesting to play than an overtly good or an overtly evil person.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Thinking #Play #Evil

  • I know I can never work in a comedy because I can't keep a ***** straight face.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Faces #Comedy #Because I Can

  • I just really like ants, and I really like science. I was interested and curious about the quantum world and the physics behind how it all works.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #World #Ants #Physics

  • My introduction into Marvel world was Comic-Con 2014 where I really had to take a step back and go, 'What have I walked into? What is this place? It's wild, and there's all these crazy rockstars walking around - who are all older than me, which was really weird. I was like, 'I feel too old to be in a superhero movie,' and they're like 10 years older than me.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Crazy #Years #Superhero

  • I actually write as a passion, as something I actually am more passionate about than acting.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Passion #Writing #Acting

  • I cried myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because men leered and disrespected me.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Love #Sleep #Men

  • I was a good student, I was good at soccer, I was vice president of the student council, I was a pretty girl.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Girl #Soccer #President

  • I am kind of prudish and I have very strict standards about how I present myself. But one of the things that I've always stood by is that women are beautiful and sexy. We shouldn't be afraid of that. [But] we need to make sure that we present that beauty and that sexiness in a way that says we are in control of our bodies. We're strong, we're classy, we're beautiful, powerful beings to be reckoned with, not victims.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Beautiful #Sexy #Strong

  • 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.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Jobs #Believe #People

  • I cried myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because men leered and disrespected me, because they assumed things about my mental capacity or my physical willingness based on the way I look.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Sleep #Men #Wish

  • I love being outside - that's where I'm the happiest.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Love Is

  • There are jobs to be created on both sides of the climate argument. Whether we are investing in oil or sun, coal or wind, gas or algae, the economy will be stimulated by the investment. The economy, unlike each of us, is not swayed by ideology.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Jobs #Wind #Oil

  • 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.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Men #Years #Picky

  • The directors did an amazing job and Josh Holloway is just he's just shining. I think that, of the people I started working with, he's one of the people I'm most impressed with. How he's grown and learned and he's been just stunning everyone with his performances.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Jobs #Thinking #People

  • A month and a half after my first audition, I won the role on Lost.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Roles #Half #Months

  • Diets are a fool’s errand. I eat something sweet every day, whether it’s chocolate or a cookie. If I don’t, I guarantee you that there’s going to be a day every week when I’m going to stuff myself, especially if it’s PMS time.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Sweet #Pms #Chocolate

  • My dad's side of the family are missionaries who are more comfortable sitting around in sweatpants than they are in a five-star restaurant. But those two influences converged in my life. My heart is in helping people and in the less materialistic side of things, but there's the side of me that's more polished. If I were to live in Africa, serving the poor, the number-one thing I'd miss wouldn't be running water or electricity—it would be style...being able to get dressed up and feel beautiful.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Beautiful #Running #Stars

  • In your 20s you can be pretty, but you don't accomplish real beauty until you find wisdom and depth.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Real #Depth #Real Beauty

  • I consider acting a day job - it's not my dream; it's not my be-all, end-all.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Dream #Jobs #Acting

  • I just like short hair on women; I think its cool.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Thinking #Hair #Short Hair

  • Every woman is after a kind of classy image.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Kind

  • As a filmmaker, you have to understand the essence of the book and tell the story you want to see on the screen, and hopefully please yourself - because you cant possibly please everyone.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Book #Essence #Stories

  • I would love to pretend I don't diet, but I work very hard. I stay active and eat very healthy. Anybody who says otherwise is either unhealthy or lying! I will admit that I'm addicted to sugar - licorice, Jujubees and jelly candies. And I actually love bran muffins!
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Lying #Healthy #Jelly

  • I just don't think that a lot of the time the messages we send kids prepare them for real life.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Real #Kids #Thinking

  • I don't want everyone to think of me as just 'that kid who called Jesse Jackson a communist in middle school.' That's why I decided to become a famous actress.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #School #Kids #Thinking

  • I love getting older! I really believe that a woman doesn't reach her peak until her 40s.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Believe #Getting Older #Getting Old

  • The difference in my body from pre-pregnancy to post-baby was night and day. I didn't have the strength, I didn't have the flexibility, I didn't have the stamina, I didn't have the mobility. I felt like I was handicapped.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Baby #Pregnancy #Night

  • I definitely come down on the spiritual side. I think very few things in life happen by chance.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Spiritual #Thinking #Sides

  • I didn't grow up in a home that glorified Hollywood. We didn't watch TV. We didn't have a lot of magazines around.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Growing Up #Home #Hollywood

  • When I got the job on 'Lost,' I was a broke university student living in the crappiest part of town, with a duct-taped back window on a broken-down car. I existed on peanut butter and tea.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Jobs #Broken #Car

  • I always wear something slightly masculine.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Masculine

  • I'm a very stubborn woman and I'm from a very stubborn family of headstrong women. I have sisters, so the women rule the coop in my house.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Strong Women #House #Stubborn

  • My heart is in helping people and in the less materialistic side of things, but there's the side of me that's more polished.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Heart #People #Sides

  • The world is full of opportunities, and I want to try as many as I possibly can.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Opportunity #Trying #World

  • Acting is something I appreciate, and I think it's been an amazing experience. But I'm not passionate about acting the way you probably should be to call yourself an actor.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Thinking #Appreciate #Acting

  • I think that being isolated from the Hollywood world of premieres and red carpet events was probably good for me because I could ease into those at will and by my own choice. But in other aspects, when it comes to fanfare, Hawaii is nuts and in L.A. they're all so jaded. They don't care.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Thinking #Nuts #Choices

  • I was fortunate enough to be one of those stories where I was scouted on the street by somebody and actually refused to go to the agency, and was approached on different occasions and finally kind of caved and said, 'OK, I'll try it and see what happens.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Agency #Trying #Different

  • I'm a good Canadian girl. I miss all that good stuff. I miss tobogganing and I miss snowboarding, but I've also learned to surf and I've become a water baby which I used to be relatively terrified of the water and I kayak all the time now and I'm able to run year round on the beach which you can't obviously do in Canada.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Girl #Running #Baby

  • My family didn't have a lot of money, and I'm grateful for that. Money is the longest route to happiness.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Happiness #Grateful #My Family

  • The people on my mum's side of the family are atheist intellectuals who are ueber-proper. My dad's side of the family are missionaries who are more comfortable sitting around in sweatpants than they are in a five-star restaurant. But those two influences converged in my life.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Atheist #Stars #Dad

  • That's what happens in Hollywood. People are like, 'I want to hate you, because everyone else seems to love you.' But the reality is this: I'm a simple person who's not interested in attention and who just wants to go about her business.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Hate #Love You #Simple

  • If I were to live in Africa, serving the poor, the number-one thing I'd miss wouldn't be running water or electricity - it would be style... being able to get dressed up and feel beautiful.
    -- Evangeline Lilly

    #Beautiful #Running #Numbers