Best Quotes by Evangeline Lilly

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.

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A creative project is a moving target. You never end up where you start.

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If you can’t sit in a cafe quietly and be ignored, how can you observe human nature and write a story?

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I just like short hair on women; I think it’s cool.

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Every woman is after a kind of classy image.

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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.

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Your mind and soul are the kings of your physique way more than any exercise you do.

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In my world, I don’t believe in forever promises. I don’t think it’s realistic.

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I think I’m not always what I seem. Most people, when they get to know me, say, ‘You know, when I first met you…’ People initially think I’m a snob because I’m intensely private.

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In your 20s you can be pretty, but you don’t accomplish real beauty until you find wisdom and depth.

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In your 20s you can be pretty, but you don’t accomplish real beauty until you find wisdom and depth.

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I lived in grass huts in a jungle in the Philippines for three weeks with tribal people.

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I am an opportunist. When opportunities come, and I see them serving my grander goals in life, I take them.

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Life is all about embracing each moment that is given to you.

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I am a classy dame.

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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.

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The reality is when you open a door, there is no sense in closing it – so I would never say, ‘I’ll never act again.’ But it’s definitely not my priority.

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I’m from Canada, and New Zealand feels like you took all the best bits of Canada and squished them onto a tiny island like Hawaii. I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the South Island.

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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.

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I’m a pretty skeptical person, and I’m a realistic person.

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I’m good at looking good with weapons and stunts. But if you put a bull’s eye in front of me and asked me to hit it, I’d say the chances of me hitting it are about one in a million!

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After about five hours of pushing, my midwife and my birthing assistant said, ‘You know, we have a few suggestions.’ And I was like, ‘Really? After five hours of pushing you have a few suggestions? You couldn’t have told me five minutes in?’

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I used to cry myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because of the way men leered at and disrespected me.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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I’m not a girl who needs to put on a whole face of make-up before I leave the house.

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My son is wonderful. He is amazing.

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There are so many reasons why, for me, writing is superior to acting. One of them is anonymity. Writers can live relatively normal lives.

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When I hear the words ‘Women should be barefoot and pregnant and in the kitchen,’ I think, ‘What. A. Dream.’ There are no negative connotations to it.

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

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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.

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I got the script for ‘Real Steel.’ I started reading and saw that it was about robot boxing, and I was immediately turned off. It’s not my thing. But I continued on, and by the time I got to the end of the script, I had chicken skin and tears in my eyes. I thought, ‘Man, we don’t make movies like this anymore.’

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I see kids and young adults walking the streets of L.A. with this enormous sense of entitlement, who seem to think that if they are basically good people and pay their bills, then the world will be good back to them. And I think life isn’t always like that.

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There’s nothing more frustrating than when fans use a nickname. That’s like people you don’t know using names from people that you’re intimate with. Like if my mom has a nickname and a fan finds it out and starts using it, that’s creepy.

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I love being outside – that’s where I’m the happiest.

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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.

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

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I consider acting a day job – it’s not my dream; it’s not my be-all, end-all.

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We decided to have the baby at home because we wanted it to be a natural birth, and it turns out that it was 30 hours of natural. Eight hours of pushing – that’s the part that men don’t understand. Women go, ‘Oh, dear, oh, dear God, eight hours of pushing?’ And the men are like, ‘Okay, eight hours of pushing.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I always wear something slightly masculine.

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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.

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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?

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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.’

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A month and a half after my first audition, I won the role on ‘Lost.’

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I was a massive Tolkien fan. ‘The Hobbit’ was… my favorite book as a little girl, and the Silvan Elves were my favorite characters in the book.

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