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Evangeline Lilly on 'Hobbit 2,' being a tomboy: 3 highlights (Video)

12/10/2013 by Joseph Apodaca

Evangeline Lilly is gearing up to show off her self-proclaimed tomboy skills in Peter Jackson's latest J.R.R. Tolkien big screen adaptation, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

Lilly, who spent six seasons from 2004 to 2010 as Kate Austen, the troubled female lead on ABC's "LOST," will once again show her tough side, this time as Tauriel, one of the strongest Silvan Elves in Mirkwood. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," which also stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch, hits theaters on Dec. 13, 2013.

OTRC.com recently sat down with Lilly, where she discussed her early days as a tomboy, how her character holds her own in the film and why she wasn't allowed to perform all of the stunts she wished to in the film.

Watch Lilly's full interview with OTRC.com above, as well a trailer from the film above, and check out three highlights from the interview below.

1. Lilly says she has gone back-and-forth between being "girly" and a "tomboy" since elementary school.

"I was. I've sort of yo-yo'd between, like when I was a little, little girl, I was the girliest of all. I liked lace and pink and unicorns and all things soft and pretty. And then, I think somewhere around eight or nine years old, I realized I was faster than all the boys, and that just flipped a switch. I think that then the competitive nature in me was like, 'Oh, I wanna kick their butts in sports,' and so that's what I spent the rest of my elementary school years doing."

"So I was a bit of a tomboy when I started 'LOST' and I think, I don't know, something about having a baby and becoming a mama has brought out the softer side in me again."

2. Her character holds her own in the film, yet is still very compassionate.

"Yes she is, and actually more so. I mean she is the head of the Elven guard, which means out of all of the Silvan Elves, she is the greatest warrior. Perhaps Legolas might be equal or superior, but he is the prince so, it doesn't count."

"She is the most skilled warrior amongst the commoners, the common Silvan Elves, and she is though, very compassionate and she has a very big tender heart and she has a very open mind. So all of her violence is driven out of this beautiful place of purity where she is constantly defending the weak and struggling to help the underdog and I think that's beautiful."

3. Lilly was not allowed to perform all of her elaborate stunts, despite her best wishes.

"Everything I was asked to do physically I felt I could do. I was actually always asking to do more than they would let me do physically, but they didn't want to risk my precious little neck. But there was this sort of wonderful humbling thing that happened with me where I've always done my own stunts and I've always felt very comfortable doing them and haven't hesitated. If I could be paid like an actor and be a stunt girl, I think that's probably what I would have done through my twenties."

"But with this job, it wasn't just stunts like 'throw yourself over that rock and don't hurt yourself,' that I can do. It was very skilled, specific skills I had to learn and that was intimidating, that I suddenly realized this isn't as simple as 'I can do anything and I won't get hurt,' this is actually knowing what you're doing and coordinating with 16 other men and making sure nobody gets hurt and flipping knives and shooting a bow and arrow and not shooting your own ear off."

Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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