Evangeline Lilly is starring opposite Hugh Jackman in next month's Real Steel. While out promoting that film, she spilled more about her work in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where she plays new addition to the classic roster of characters Tauriel.
Evangeline Lilly talks The Hobbit
Here is what she had to say about this never-before-seen character as created by Peter Jackson and his co-writers Guillermo del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens.
"I am very concerned to this day that people will watch, and I'll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I'm one of them! That said, upon reading The Hobbit again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation - especially female characters! The The Hobbit didn't include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really. What [they] have done is all in perfect keeping with J.R.R. Tolkien's world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story."
She further went onto describe how she has approached the role physically.
" With every film, you have to educate yourself on the material and it's often things you don't know a lot about. Right now I'm studying Elvish and having conversations with people about learning how to be an archer, a swordsperson and how to fight like an elf instead of a gritty convict. I will be in and out of New Zealand for the course of a year. For me it's perfect because I want to have time to spend with my family and relax and focus on my writing. This role gives me a framework within which to do that because I'm not working all the time but I'm working enough."
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.