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Evangeline Lilly retired from acting before landing The Hobbit role

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Evangeline Lilly retired from acting before landing The Hobbit role

  • Evangeline Lilly is a top Hollywood actress
  • She plays the role of Tauriel in The Hobbit movies
  • Evangeline has revealed how she had retired before landing the role
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There has been a lot of scepticism about the character played by Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit movies, since the character was not actually in the book. However, it seems that we almost did not get Evangeline in the movie at all, as she actually retired from acting. Evangeline has now opened up about her retirement, admitting that she was settled for a life as a mother and wife but simply could not turn down the chance to appear in The Hobbit.
Evangeline Lilly had decided to retire
 
Lilly told Wenn, "I had retired into what I thought would be a life of quiet motherhood and writing and didn't really plan on taking any more acting gigs. It had been at least five years since I had taken a meeting or engaged in a new project. I was sort of off the grid. I was so far off the grid that when Pete and Phil (Phillipa Boyens) were trying to find me to get a hold of me about this role, they couldn't reach me and somebody on their production team just coincidentally used to work with my partner."
 
She added, "So he got a text message one day saying, 'Peter Jackson is trying to reach Evangeline. Do you think she might pick up the phone please?' They did eventually get a hold of me and because The Hobbit was my favourite book as a little girl and the elves were my favourite characters in the book, it was a dream to play one. I picked up the phone very quickly. Then they said, 'Your character is not in the book,' and I took great pause as a great fan of Tolkien, who inspired me to write. I kind of gulped and went, 'What?!'"
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
 
Evangeline continued, "It didn't take them long to convince me that it was the right thing to do. I agreed to the job under one condition and they agreed to the condition, which was in place for two years. The condition was, 'I will not be involved in a love triangle' - because, if any of you were fans of Lost, I've had it up to here with love triangles. But, sure enough, I come back for reshoots in 2012 and they go, 'We've made a few adjustments to the love story'."
 
You can catch Evangeline Lilly in her role as the original character Tauriel, along with the rest of the cast of the movie, in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is out now. Meanwhile, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will open on December 17, 2014 in the US, before then hitting the big screen in the UK on December 19, 2014.
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