Nicole Evangeline Lilly was born a native Canadian (and is fluent in French).Her father is a home economics teacher, and her mother worked as a cosmetician and ran a daycare center. Lilly attended the University of British Columbia where she attained a degree in international relations.Evangeline was almost not able to work with the cast because she had problems obtaining a work visa, and got the visa after filming for the "" had already begun.She was engaged to co-star Dominic Monaghan from 2004 to 2009.1 Lilly's father worked as the produce manager at Safeway; her mother was a clerk at Estée Lauder and ran a daycare center out of the family home for a time.The future actress supported herself financially from the age of 15. Raised Baptist and Mennonite, she taught Sunday school for eight years. 1979) became famous virtually overnight when she was cast in the lead role of Kate Austen on the hit television series Lost in 2004.
Prior to her starring role on Lost, Lilly worked as an extra on film sets to help pay her University tuition.
She and the rest of the cast won the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Washington D. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble.
Lilly followed this role with a leading part in psychological thriller film Afterwards.
Suddenly the freckle-faced, buck-toothed tomboy had become a beautiful, curvy woman.
Her male playmates looked at her differently and her former girlfriends hated her. I spent many nights crying myself to sleep wishing I was ugly because of the way men leered and disrespected me, because they assumed things about my mental capacity or my physical willingness based on the way I look.