You see Evangeline Lilly on-screen and not only is she beautiful, but she is smart and she is tough. She is a force to be reckoned with and I love that she is bringing all of that to her character, The Wasp in Marvel’s latest film, Ant-Man And The Wasp. After visiting the set last year, as they wrapped up filming, and getting the chance to interview with Evangeline Lilly, I must say that she is all those things and more in person.
Evangeline was in character (with the wig) and all smiles as she walked into the room. Of course we applauded her entrance. After all, she plays a female super hero and her character’s name is in the title. She is so much more than a side kick and while I have yet to see the movie, I am sure she plays an intricate part in the movie. Understanding the importance of her role, she sat down with us and shared the following…
- She was excited about seeing the title, “Ant-Man And The Wasp”
:…this is kind of special and I think for the first time it sort of hit me what it meant for just the female population period, you know, to see a woman’s name in a title in Hollywood is a very unique experience and I think it’s happening more and more but it’s still a far cry from where it should be…”
- “…this film is about female empowerment and a woman being powerful…”
Fun Fact: Originally The Wasp was going to be in Captain America: Civil War
- She is not a mere sidekick, if anything Ant-Man is her sidekick
“…I mean if anything they’ve made amazing sweet poor Paul Rudd is an accessory to the Wasp [LAUGHS] and he plays the role so beautifully ‘cause he’s got such an incredibly humble spirit, you know, and he’s got that every man thing that makes you just adore him especially when he screws up.”
Fun Fact: Ant-Man’s regulator malfunctions in this film, so controlling his size is an issue.
- Hope van Dyne’s character is different in this movie.
“…she behaves quite differently because the emotional arc we saw her go through in the first film she resolved…and this new relationship she has with her dad…she spent the last two years working on this singular mission to rescue Janet, her mother, together has built such a tight and beautiful bond between them that, that whole kind of hard, cold exterior that you saw in the first film is just gone and she’s a totally new woman.”
- There is a beautiful message in this film
“…I think that there is just a beautiful message for women in this film about essentially what are most powerful assets are and I think that is our heart and our compassion.”
- There has been a shift with her and Paul’s relationship while filming this time around
“…I think that’s maybe how I work. I like kind of need to bring a little bit of what’s happening on the screen into what’s happening off camera and so we have these scenes where we get to be warm and we get to be loving and affectionate and it’s like, snap all of a sudden like I feel warm and loving and affectionate to Paul. Poor guy. I’m probably the worst person to work with ‘cause then when I have to be like ‘I don’t like you’, I kind of have like a bit of an I don’t like you attitude…I don’t know if he would say that it’s the same if he would feel it. Maybe it’s all in my head.”
One of the highlights of our Ant-Man And The Wasp set visit was being able to chat with some of its cast. In addition to interviewing Paul Rudd, we were also able to chat with Abby Ryder Fortson (“Cassie Lang”) and Director Peyton Reed. So, be sure to check back every day this week for all of those fun interviews. Did you check out my Exclusive Ant-Man And The Wasp Set Visit Recap?
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Ant-Man And The Wasp flies into theaters everywhere on July 6th!