Evangeline Lilly Reveals She's 'Stepping Away' From Acting

Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly, who is best known for her roles on Lost and in the Ant-Man and the Wasp movies, is taking a step back from her acting career to "live out her vision." The actress posted to her Instagram feed a video from 2006, back when she was filming Lost. In the video, Lilly talks about where she envisions herself in 10 years from that point, saying that she hopes to be a retired actress, with a family, writing, and doing humanitarian work. The video is followed by a clip of famed poet Maya Angelou.

“Ten years from now, where would I like to be? I am terrified to admit this to the rest of the acting world but ideally 10 years from now I’d like to be a retired actress and have a family,” Lilly states in the roughly 18-year-old video. “I’d like to be writing and influencing people’s lives in humanitarian ways.”

The actress, 44, has since fulfilled all of those wishes. She is the mother to two boys with partner Norman Kali, she has worked with a variety of charities and runs an NGO in Rwanda where she has done humanitarian work for more than a decade. She's also the author of a series of children's books called The Squickerwonkers.

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In her post, she adds that she "might return to Hollywood one day," but that for now "this is where I belong. A new season has arrived, and I AM READY...and I AM HAPPY."

Lilly came to prominence when she was cast as Kate Austen, the female lead in the ABC series, Lost. She went on to play that role for six seasons, appearing in 108 of 121 episodes. She also portrayed Tauriel in the second and third films in The Hobbit trilogy and took on the role of Hope Van Dyne/Wasp in the Ant-Man and the Wasp movies opposite Paul Rudd. Other credits include Tru Calling, Smallville, and The Hurt Locker.

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