A Minute With: Evangeline Lilly on bringing girl power to 'Ant-Man'

Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:39pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When asked to play the feisty Hope van Dyne in Marvel's superhero movie "Ant-Man," actress Evangeline Lilly had some initial doubts.

"One thing I was asking for was that we sit down and take a very serious look at the female character, bring more dimension to it and make her more well-rounded as a human being," Lilly told Reuters.

Ahead of the film's release in theaters on Friday, Lilly, 35, discussed the challenges of being the film's sole female force. Below are excerpts of the interview.

Q: Marvel movies have been getting bigger in scope, so how was it coming onto a superhero movie that's so micro and intimate in scale?

A: Because we come on the coattails of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which ... was so spectacular and awe-inspiring, "Ant-Man" just brings it down into such a sweet space. It's an origin story, it's a redemption story between fathers and daughters. There's a lot of emotions, there's tons of comedy.

Q: There's criticism that women are not represented enough in superhero films and your character is the only leading female in a male-dominated movie. How did you and director Peyton Reed make sure Hope is represented equally?

A: She's a fully realized person and not any way a cliché of what we expected a woman to be like in a superhero movie.   Continued...

Cast member Evangeline Lilly poses at the premiere of Marvel's "Ant-Man" in Hollywood, California June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian