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Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly explains why she turned down Wonder Woman
Photo: © ANP

Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly explains why she turned down Wonder Woman

Ant-Man star Evangeline Lilly explains why she turned down Wonder Woman
Photo: © ANP

Evangline Lilly has recalled how she turned down the role of Wonder Woman from an initial script written by Joss Whedon.

Before the DC Studios Wonder Woman was produced starring Gal Gadot in the lead role, Whedon had written a script which ultimately went unproduced. When it surfaced nearly a decade later, it was critcised for being anti-female.

Even not taking that into account, Lilly simply wasn't interested.

"I had no desire , and he could tell," the Ant-Man actress said of her meeting with Whedon on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

"I was too young to be that polite.

"It didn't appeal, and there was nothing about the meeting that like jazzed me or made me think, 'Oh, I've gotta do this.' Nothing clicked. Nothing felt good.

"I am way too authentic for my own good. I mean, it's not good. If I am not impressed, you'll know. And maybe you shouldn't know sometimes. And I think there was maybe even a little bit of offense taken."

In recent years, Whedon has been accused by previous collaborators of inappropriate behaviour on his sets. Buffy stars Charisma Carpenter and Michelle Trachtenberg have spoke out, while Gadot herself explained how he threatened to ruin her career on the set of The Justice League.

Lilly: I can't watch myself in LOST

Lilly hit fame in the early 2000s thanks to her role as Kate Austen in LOST, the groundbreaking series about survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious island.

The actress was effectively a rookie performer in her first major role, and she says in the early seasons she was not good in front of the camera.

"We would have LOST parties where the cast would get together to watch the show, and when it would be a Kate-centric episode, I would wanna curl in a hole and die, 'cause I knew I was bad," she revealed.

"And I still to this day will stand by the fact that I can watch the first couple seasons and I cringe, because I'm not very good. And I do feel like season three was a turning point, where I went from 'panicked, figure it out, just shoot from the hip, feel it, go with my gut,' to 'I hate this, I don't wanna do this, get me out of here,' to 'oh, I guess if I'm here, I'm stuck, and I'm gonna stay, I should figure it out.'

"And that was in season three. And I started to actually try to learn my craft.

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