Transcript for Evangeline Lilly on making history in 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'
I was saying, I love this suit. It's great. Even your male backstage manager complimented me on it. That's when I knew it was good. If a straight guy likes your outfit, you're doing something good. Really good. You're a big star. Yet I heard that a week ago, a talent agent approached you. It was two nights ago on my way to L.A. To start press for this film. I was sitting beside a scout. She was trying to scout me the whole flight. You, seriously, you have potential. You can do this. You could be a model or an actress, you know. I was like, I'm really not interested. She was like, do you have baggage checked. I'm going the walk you to the baggage carousel. I know where it is. She was not leaving the me until she absolutely had to. How did you get rid of her E? I told her I had to go to the bathroom. I showed her a trailer. I was like, what if I get off the plane and there's. A rats city and she's like, you are lying to me for the last six hours. If only I could have shrunk smoois. When I travel, it's like sweats. Not pretty. You're on the cover of the new issue of "Shape" magazine the. With a photo spread. We're seeing it for the first time. In it, you open up about kind of coming across rough times in your early 20s and how you entered a bikini contest to make ends meet. Yeah, to make ends meet. It's a crazy story where I totalled my car. I had two jobs. I was trying to save for university. I was dead broke. I couldn't afford the replace it. Ere was this B I Kini contest going on. The first prize was a lease Onnen a pickup truck for a year. Good. That's pretty good sflp I was like this is going to be the most humiliating thing I have ever done in my life. But I need that truck. I entered the contest. I had never been and fitness or working out. I went eggs, raw eggs, protein shakes. You went "Rocky" on this. I did. And two weeks later, I won that truck. I knew I saw something in you. So did the scout on the plane. Two weeks, I would be at it for at least two years. Two decades. Switching gears, you have two new children's books out called the squickerwonkers. You say it's for reluctant reads. Can you explain to me why? I was a smart kid as a kid. But I was a terrible reader. I was slow. I hated books. And, eventually, I ended up falling in love with literature. The first author to open that window was Edward gorry. Incredibly fams author if you like dark children's stories. Or dark anything. For me, the dark necessary was so sophisticated I felt like I wasn't being pandered to. Because I wasn't being told because you're bad read, you're dumb. E he might know I might need five words on a page and a big picture, but I'm smart andky understand things beyond my reading level. I have win stories that appeal to those children. The children that are like the child I was and the poern my older son has become. He's in hawaiian immersion. What is the age group for the books? I would like to say it's 4 and up. But, I think publishers and you know, those industry would say 6 to 10-year-olds. And that range is unusual. Usually, it's 5-7 or 8-10. But 6-10 is because it's the reluctant reader group. I love that. I also want to tuck about your fabulous movie. So -- "Ant-man and the wasp." You're the first female superhero to appear in the title of a marvel universe film. The first. What does that feel like being the first? It feels -- um -- how maniabling. Yeah. And exciting. And, um, I had, you know, I have had a moment with my son where I caught him on the "Ant-man and the wasp" set pretending to be the wasp. For me, that hit home with what that means on a very big scale. Not just to me personally. But to have women's names in the title of these films. To show little girls and little boys that women can be super and heroes. It's an incredible feather in my cap. Because we're superheroes every day. Yeah. You look downright fierce in that costume. Mm-hmm. I heard that it took -- it was perfectly fitted for your body. It took months -- the process was a lot of months. I hope that when Y're not using it, maybe you can lend to it me. I could wear it on my thigh. Tell me what that was like. They take measurements. There's a prototype you put on. And the prototype, obviously, did not fit spectacularly well. And it really disappointed me that it flattened my butt. I was like, listen, if I'm going to be a superhero, I got that look good being superhero-y. We worked for months. Six months in and out of the day-long fittings. At the end, when we got the suit right and I put it on, it was like,ighting tth and nail for them to get it off of me. What is it made of? Superspanx? It's leather. You wouldn't believe how heavy. I need asis taps to get into it. I have three layers. A corset underneath it. They still put us in corsets even to play superheroes. Superskinny. Gosh. But Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer who I love way back from "Grease 2" are your parents in this movie. How did it feel to act with them? First, you get Michael Douglas as your dad. And you pinch yourself and you carry on. Then you get Michelle futurer for your mom and you give out. This is ridiculous. Amazing. Lovely to have you here. Charming. Talented. Skinmy. The bikini contest in two weeks. It was for a truck. A pickup truck. Come on the. Important. Our thanks to Evangeline Lilly. "Ant-man and the wasp" is in theaters July 6th.
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