Evangeline Lilly announces retirement from acting: I Am Ready

Evangeline Lilly, best known for her work as Kate Austen in Lost, seemed primed to be the next big thing in the early 2000s.

But now it looks like she’s ready to leave Hollywood behind for good.

Lilly announced on Instagram earlier this week that she has decided to quit acting.

Evangeline Lilly Image - Lost

“Where would I like to be in ten years? I’m terrified to admit this to the rest of the acting world, but ideally in 10 years I would like to be a retired actress and have a family,” Lilly said in a throwback video posted Wednesday.

“I would like to write and impact people’s lives in humanitarian ways.”


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“I am so filled with joy and contentment today as I fulfill my vision. Praise God, I am so grateful for my blessings,” Lilly explained in a caption for the clip.

“Stepping away from what seems like the obvious choice (wealth and fame) can be scary at times, but when you step into your dharma, the fear is replaced with fulfillment,” she continued.

“Maybe one day I’ll return to Hollywood, but for now, this is where I belong. A new season has arrived, and I’m done… and I’m happy.”

Evangeline Lilly - Lost

In a statement issued to VarietyLilly explained that she has put her career on hold since completing her last MCU project in 2021.

“I’ve actually been on a break from acting for the past three years (since I finished working on Quantumania),” her statement read.

“This time away from the company has brought me an earthly sense of satisfaction and joy,” Lilly continued.

“I could return tomorrow, in two years or never, but at the moment I am not actively engaged in any work in the industry and have no contractual obligations to anyone. I dedicate my time to my humanitarian work and my to write.”

In addition to her work on Lost and her role in the Ant-Man films, Lilly also played Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films.

Evangeline Lilly Pic - Lost

In other words, she can afford to retire at age 44.

Lilly appears to be leaving the door open for a possible return, but fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath.

After all, she has seemed quite indifferent to Hollywood for several years now.


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In a podcast interview last year, Lilly revealed that she turned down Joss Whedon’s offer to play Wonder Woman and Hugh Jackman’s invitation to join the X-Men franchise.

So while a return to acting certainly isn’t out of the question, it sounds like Evangeline is looking forward to spending time with her two children and focusing on her other passions. We wish her all the best.

What about you, TV fanatics? What are your favorite moments from Evangeline Lilly’s short, illustrious career? Head to the comments section to share your thoughts.

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