I was honored to be invited to the #AntManandWaspEvent, a Disney press junket for Marvel Studios Ant-Man and the Wasp movie, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, and Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy. As a guest, my expenses were covered in return for a series of articles about my experiences and reviews of the programming.
As much as Evangeline Lilly can pack a punch with her superhero strength on the big screen her words are just as powerful offscreen. Sitting in on our #AntManAndTheWaspEvent press junket last week I could not help but be inspired. Evangeline Lilly is more than a pretty face in Hollywood. She has wisdom beyond her years. I’m sharing some of the best thoughts Evangeline shared with us in the hopes they will inspire you, your friends, and your children.
About Marvel Studios’ new movie Ant-Man and the Wasp
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
Ant-Man and the Wasp will be released in U.S. theaters on July 6, 2018.
Take a look at the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie trailer to see what you can expect.
Evangeline Lilly Quotes that Inspire
In talking about the shift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have more women represented in their films Evangeline Lilly said this to us.
Marvel is just absolutely hell bent and passionate right now about representing women as fierce and capable and as equals to men.
It’s a change that all of us can support. For the first time in 20 Marvel superhero movies we see a female character who shares the title with a male costar. For Evangeline Lilly to recognize that speaks to the movement as one happening behind the scenes not just one for appearances. It’s inspiring and I for one can’t wait for more females to take the lead role.
Learn more about the introduction of the Wasp in this Ant-Man and the Wasp movie clip.
It was clear that Evangeline Lilly doesn’t feel the need to compete with other super women. She wants to raise them all up. She wants to be a part of elevating the status of women as superheroes and villians in movies. Her attitude is inspiring and is one we all should replicate. Instead of competing against each other, let’s work together to improve our standing.
I want all of the women in the MCU in a movie together.
Evangeline spoke about her own female superhero idols like Michelle Pfeiffer who has played Catwoman and Danai Gurira, Okoye from Black Panther.
About Okoye, “She’s so fierce and strong and present, and like, convicted. And talented. She’s my queen. I would love to see the Wasp and Acoya kick some ass together.”
When you watch Ant-Man and the Wasp be prepared to be amazed with the van scene. It’s one that calls attention to what females can bring to Marvel films as superheroes. We praised Evangeline about that scene and her response spoke to what she wanted to accomplish in that scene.
I wanted to show that we are strong because of our femininity, not in spite of it. I wanted to show that, when Hope was Hope, and she was emotional and vulnerable and smiling and pleasant and happy. I wanted to show that when Hope was fighting she incorporated grace and elegance and femininity into the fight. I feel like in the van, that out the window, back in the window, I mean, it’s ballet. Let’s examine how a woman could have an advantage over a man, physically, because she’s a woman. Not because she figured out how to move like a man. And that was something that I was really passionate about.
Evangeline Lilly had not orginally watched the Marvel films. I got the impression that, having seen film after film, with male superheroes with intense action and story lines she may have felt it wasn’t right for her. When she was orginally offered to audition for the first Ant-Man movie, she wasn’t interested. Her attitude quickly changed when she realized that Ant-Man was going to be a different kind of film and that Paul Rudd would be her costar.
“Hold the phone, wait, what? Paul Rudd’s gonna be a superhero? I’m in! Whatever they’re doing, it’s ridiculous, and I love it.”
By reconsidering, Evangeline encourages us to get all the details before turning down an opportunity. Look at what she’s been able to do in her role as Wasp. She shows us how a superhero can be strong, brilliant, funny… and a female.
My favorite Evangeline Lilly quotes came at the end. I had to include this one because it was her response to my question and it lead to an incredibly thoughtful answer and more quotes.
I have one question, and if I (me) ask this one, she has to stay for like, an hour. It’s perfect!
I had read that Evangeline Lilly had gotten into acting by accident. Considering the success she has had on both television in Lost and movies such as Ant-Man, The Hobbit, Real Steel, I wanted to know how exactly it happenned and what kept her motivated to continue acting. Her answer was powerful and inspirational. It’s one that should be shared with all young women and with that I wanted to share it in its entirety. Let me start with where she left off after saying my question was perfect.
Evangeline Lilly continued, “That is the longest story. That is such an enormous, like, one day, I have to write a book about how you accidentally become a movie star. But it’s true. It was kind of an accident. It’s such a long story. It’s truncated. You know how when you hit puberty in high school? Before I hit puberty I used to be called Brainiac. That was sort of my identity. I had freckles. I had buck teeth. I was scrawny. I had a totally flat chest, and I got A’s. I was on the student council, and on the soccer team, and in the plays. My thing was overachievement. My thing was not looking great. And my thing was not like, all of the boys wanted to date me or anything like that. My thing was, I have abilities, and I have intelligence.
And then I hit puberty and…all of a sudden, my entire identity according to the rest of the world was wrapped up in what I looked like. I had all kinds of boys touch me in ways I didn’t want to be touched, and I had all kinds of girls hate me in ways that I didn’t want to be hated. I decided that I needed to not stand out, like just don’t be super smart. Don’t be talented. Don’t stand out, ’cause if you do, you’re just gonna get hurt, so I spent five years kind of dumbing myself down and trying to pretend to be a wallflower. .. When clearly I’m not a wallflower. That built up into a lot of pain. I had been scouted on multiple occasions I had turned down the opportunities saying, “I’m more than just this, like, that’s not me.”
And then I had somebody very astutely say to me, “What are you afraid of?” I’m like, “I’m not afraid of anything. I just don’t want to be defined by being a pretty face, and that’s why they want me on camera.” This person said, “I think you’re afraid of your own greatness.” I erupted into heaving sobs, and I couldn’t stop crying, and something had broken open in me that I didn’t even realize that I had been doing, and I had to examine what that pain was. When I did, I realized how much I had been hiding, and how much I had been trying not to shine, and I decided that I would start just letting my light shine. And just being unabashed about who I was in the world. One of the ways I thought I could do that was taking up an agent on their desire to put me in auditions. I wanted to just exercise my brightness. I just wanted to be bold and bright. I’d never really thought about the fact that auditions can lead to jobs. That hadn’t factored in. It was just like, “I’m just gonna go out and just shine!”
I went out for my first audition in January or February of 2004, and in March of 2004, I was in Hawaii, shooting Lost. I think it was my fifth audition, it just happened. When they were like, “Oh. They want to bring you to LA for a show.” I was like, “What kind of test? Like, multiple choice?” I literally knew nothing about the business. I was not thinking about jobs. I was thinking about just expressing myself. So when I got a job, it was sort of just like, “Okay. I guess this is what I’m doing now.” I had been in university studying international relations and political science. I wanted to be a humanitarian or a diplomat or an ambassador. It was a total 180 for me, and therefore it was really hard. I really didn’t like it for a long time.
Eventually I came to terms with that, that one word, that was spoken into my life “I think you’re afraid of this thing inside of you that feels big.” I’m still always trying to tell myself, “It’s okay to be big. It’s okay. You can go ahead and be big,” And in this case, I get to be teeny. ;-)
Evangeline may get teeny as the Wasp in the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie, but there’s nothing tiny about her personality and the legacy she is building for herself. If Evangeline Lilly inspires you, like she did me, please share this article or give her a tweet of thanks at @EvangelineLilly.
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- Get to know the talent behind the Ant-Man and the Wasp movie with these Interviews with the cast and producers
- Laurence Fishburne (“Dr. Bill Foster”)
- Hannah John-Kamen (“Ghost”)
- Michael Douglas (“Dr. Hank Pym”)
- Director Peyton Reed
- Paul Rudd (“Scott Lang / Ant-Man”) interview
Our #AntManAndTheWaspEvent continues Thursday with my Laurence Fishburne (“Dr. Bill Foster”) interview. You can get caught up with our#AntManAndTheWaspEvent anytime by clicking on #AntManAndTheWaspEvent,
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