Nerd HQ 2014 – A Conversation with Evangeline Lilly

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Nerd HQ hosted ‘A Conversation with Evangeline Lilly’ on Friday, July 25th. This was my first panel I attended at Nerd HQ 2014. I was super excited because I was and still am a fan of ‘Lost’ and of her badass character as Tauriel in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ Lilly spoke about her new book,The Squickerwonkers,’ about Lost, her humanitarian work, her character Tauriel, and more. 

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During the Q&A, she spoke about her new interactive version of ‘The Squickerwonkers‘ narrated by the one and only Sylvester McCoy and composed by Tane Upjohn-Beatson. The interactive book will contain “animated elements, little easter eggs and things kids can touch and they come to life.” She was so animated while talking about it. You can see the passion she has for her book.

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Lilly was a total badass as Tauriel in ‘The Desolation of Smaug,’ but still had compassion. She was asked, “There’s a lot of ways you could have played that role that would’ve been really along the lines of what we usually see whenever a girl is in an action movie, where she’s not in the adventure, she’s the prize. So what specific inspirations did you take playing that role?”

Lilly’s perfect response, “When I play “strong” females, and particularly with Tauriel, it was my mission to represent true female strength.” She goes on to say, “And I was super proud to not be in there as a “kick-ass” woman, and say, “look what I can do, I can slay and I can kill,” but say, “look what I can do, I can protect and I can have compassion and I can be selfless and I can care and be gentle,” and not be like “Ughh!,” but be feminine and graceful, while slaughtering orcs.

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You can watch the video below:

I caved in and bought the book and had it signed by Evangeline Lilly. I know!! 😀

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