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Evangeline Lilly recently announced on Instagram that she is stepping away from Hollywood for the foreseeable future. In a video she shared, recorded in 2006, Lilly expressed her desire to be a retired actress and focus on writing and influencing people’s lives in humanitarian ways. She shared her gratitude for her blessings and stated that while stepping away from wealth and fame may be scary at times, following her true purpose brings fulfillment. Lilly hinted that she might return to Hollywood one day, but for now, feels content with her decision.

Lilly is best known for her role as Kate Austen on the ABC drama series “Lost,” where she starred for all six seasons. Her performance on the show earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for best actress in a drama series. She also portrayed Hope van Dyne/Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in several films including “Ant-Man,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” Additionally, Lilly played Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy, appearing in the second and third films of the series.

In a podcast last year, Lilly revealed that she turned down offers to join the “X-Men” franchise and play Wonder Woman. Hugh Jackman had approached her during the making of “Real Steel” in 2011, offering her a role in the “X-Men” movies, but Lilly declined, stating that it did not interest her at the time. Joss Whedon also offered her the role of Wonder Woman in a movie project that ultimately did not come to fruition. Lilly mentioned that upon meeting with Whedon, she felt no desire or connection to the role, highlighting her authenticity and willingness to follow her instincts.

Lilly’s decision to step away from Hollywood comes at a time when she feels ready for a new season in her life. She expressed her joy and readiness for this new chapter, indicating that she is choosing to focus on her true calling and purpose rather than the allure of wealth and fame. While acknowledging that the future is uncertain, Lilly remains open to the possibility of returning to the industry at some point. Her statement reflects a sense of contentment and fulfillment in pursuing a path that aligns with her values and aspirations.

As Lilly embarks on this new chapter in her life, fans and colleagues have shown support for her decision. Through her social media announcement, Lilly shared her gratitude for the opportunities she has had in Hollywood and expressed excitement for the future. While her absence may be felt in the entertainment industry, Lilly’s dedication to her personal growth and meaningful pursuits serves as an inspiration for others to follow their true passions and make choices that align with their values. Her journey reflects a willingness to embrace change and uncertainty, trusting in her own path and finding fulfillment in living out her vision for the future.

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