Disney provided hotel and transportation to LA for the Ant-Man and the Wasp Press Event. At the Ant-Man and The Wasp Press Event we reviewed the Ant-Man and The Wasp while also interviewing the characters from the movie. One of those amazing Ant-Man and The Wasp interviews was with Evangeline Lilly who gave us the best quotes as her answers to our questions were strong and inspiring. She is the epitome of strength and poise and exactly what Hollywood needs right now.
Evangeline Lilly Quotes:
We talked about how strong her character, The Wasp is in Ant-Man and the Wasp. She is very centric to the theme and storyline. We accused her of doing all the heavy lifting in the movie. She gave plenty of credit to Paul Rudd and to her team of stunt doubles while also mentioning the CGI team. But she did accept that her character is a big deal.
“Marvel is just absolutely hell bent and passionate right now about representing women as fierce and capable and as equals to men.”
She talked more about being a super hero and she talked about how inspired she was by Michelle Pfeiffer“
“I used to fantasize about being Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.”
It was one of the only strong female characters from a super hero movie. She remembered how her sisters and she would pretend to be Spiderman or Batman as they were playing, but now girls have more super heroes to look up to. She even said that there is a reversal because now boys can also pretend to be one of the strong female characters. She said her son likes to pretend to be The Wasp and “this is no small thing”.
She then talked about working with Michelle Pfeiffer. She set up the story by mentioned how we as press, we can be obsessed with a certain actor, or think very highly of someone then when we get the chance to interview them and meet them, we find that they are much less than we thought they were. Which I have experienced. Michelle was perfection.
“She’s perfect, like, there’s no flaws. She’s nice. She’s generous. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s intelligent. She’s considerate. She’s talented, and of course, she is the hottest sixty-something or however old she is you’re ever gonna meet. And so playing her daughter was an incredible honor, and also, I had to just bite my tongue, ’cause every day, I wanted to just be like, “Can you be my mentor?”
She compared that to Michael Douglas and how she was ignorant of him. Meaning, she didn’t follow his career or know much about him. She knew he was a big name but that was it, and then when she worked with him she turned her attitude around.
“I started working with him and was like, “Oh. Whoa.” He’s so good. He’s such a charismatic, present, powerful human being that when he starts to perform, he just changes the molecules of the room. You’re suddenly transported to the place you’re pretending to be, and so when I read the script for the second film, and I found out that I was going to get an enormous amount of work with him, and that we would be like, super close and super…tactile and loving and like, we were partners after the really difficult journey that we went through in the first film?”
Strong Women Of Marvel
The theme of the day while talking with Evangeline Lilly was for sure about strong women. She would love to be in a movie of just the female avenger characters. Her favorite Marvel Female character is Okoye. She said one of her favorite moments in Avengers Infinity War was when Scarlet Witch was trapped and alone, Okoye showed up and said, “But she’s not alone.” Evangeline said that literally, in the theater at the premiere in her gown she said,
We talked about her strength as a Marvel Character again. She talked about how important it was to her that she doesn’t bulk up.
I wanted to show that we are strong because of our femininity, not in spite of it.
The Way the Wasp moves in some of the scenes is like a dance. She is able to weave in and out of spots because of how agile females are. She didn’t want a rock hard body to be visible, she wanted her character to be strong while also being emotional and vulnerable. She wanted grace and elegance to shine through. It’s like ballet.
On Paul Rudd
“No, I don’t really want to do a superhero movie. That doesn’t appeal to me.” Because I didn’t like superhero movies, because I’d never really seen Marvel’s superhero movies. It’s a totally — I mean, he was like, “Wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. Hear me out, hear me out, hear me out, um, so they’re gonna use — they’re gonna cast Paul Rudd in the lead.” And I was like, “Hold the phone, wait, what? Paul Rudd’s gonna be a superhero? I’m in! Whatever they’re doing, it’s ridiculous, and I love it.” And it wasn’t as simple as that.”
Evangeline Lilly is always a pleasure to interview. She has so much excitement and energy and passion. You can really tell that she loves what she does and she truly believes in the power of women. You can see the power of The Wasp in theaters July 6th.
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