Evangeline Lilly cuts an inconspicuous figure when she arrives at her AMAZING cover shoot in Los Angeles' Arts District on a sleepy November Sunday. Much like her character Hope Van Dyne (aka Wasp), in Marvel’s Ant-Man franchise, she has mastered the art of going incognito. Dressed casually, with a cap pulled over her pixie cut, Lilly does the rounds introducing herself before heading to hair and makeup. Emerging in a white Jonathan Simkhai pantsuit and flawless glam, she is ready to roll, constantly shapeshifting for photographer Shane McCauley’s lens and pausing only to banter with the crew or chat with the studio owner’s young daughter who is watching intently from the sidelines.
Just over a week later, with Lilly back in her native Canada, we hop on FaceTime and she’s every bit as friendly and unstarry as when we met in person. Splitting her time between Canada and Hawaii with partner Norman Kali and their two sons, the 43-year-old never set out to be a Hollywood star – but the universe had other plans when she was scouted by a modelling agent and fell into acting.
Studying International Relations and Political Science at University of British Columbia, Lilly had ambitions to “be an ambassador or a diplomat or a humanitarian”, but with some pushing from her agent and her then-husband – as well as some deep self-reflection – she found herself on a different path.
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