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Evangeline Lilly dishes on her role in The Hobbit

01.25.2012

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the lovely Evangeline Lilly talked about her role as Tauriel, a Mirkwood elf, in the upcoming THE HOBBIT films.

When asked if she had to learn archery and swordplay, Lilly had this to say:

"Yes, she is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel."

When asked how involved her character is in the two films, she said:

"She’s not in the first film very much. She comes into the first film near the end, and has a very small part to play. Her role in the second film is much more involved. Although, I have to say, when I first read the scripts and took the job, she had a lot less going on in the second film. I think the role is becoming a bit more demanding that I had expected it to be. There’s a lot more for me to do now, which is a lot of fun, but it’s a little more pressure."

Lilly said she wasn't sure if she'll play a larger role in the Battle of Five Armies scene as it hasn't been shot yet, but said she still had five more months of shooting left. She's already been filming on and off for the past six months, which sounds like Tauriel will be featured more than expected.

I'm a big fan of Evangeline Lilly, having watched her in every season of LOST, where she simply nailed the role of Kate, especially for someone with as little experience as she had coming in. Also, did I already say smokin' hot?

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY dwarfs cinemas on December 14, 2012, and THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN hits December 13, 2013. As long as the world doesn't end this year according to the Mayan calendar we should be all good.

Oh, and you knew this was comin'...

Extra Tidbit: Anyone see Evangeline in the 2008 film Afterwards? Any good? Nudie bits?

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