Evangeline Lilly Talks Practicing Elf Fighting for 'The Hobbit'
Evangeline Lilly recently shared about playing newly created character, Woodland Elf Tauriel, in her upcoming movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". The Canadian actress, who has just given birth to her first child Norman Kali last May, gushed that she has done various painful training sessions for the role, like practicing "Elf fighting".
Talking to MTV at the premiere of "Real Steel" in L.A. on Sunday, October 2, Lilly revealed, "Elf fighting, let me just say something, recovering from labor is like recovering from a full-body injury, and I didn't realize to what extent that was true until I started training for elf fighting." She added, "My hips don't move like they used to move, my back doesn't move like it used to move, my shoulders are sore every day. But it's fun."
The former "Lost" star also gushed about how she feels for playing in the film which cast ensemble is dominated by males. "It's kind of, like, my M.O.," she said before adding, " 'Lost' was a boys club, 'The Hurt Locker' was a boys club, ['Real Steel'] was a boys club, and now 'The Hobbit' is a boys club. So I'm used to it... It's really chilled out and relaxed, and everyone is really down to earth and supportive."
Talking about the other female stars in "The Hobbit", Cate Blanchett and Liv Tyler, Lilly said, "I would love to talk to those women, and they're two women who I deeply admire. Cate Blanchett is in this film, and I missed her; we didn't cross paths. She was filming before I got there and was gone by the time I arrived." She added, "But the good thing is, I tried not to copy their performances. I really wanted to have something original, so I intentionally didn't go back and watch 'Rings' for that reason. I just want to create something new."
In another interview with Access Hollywood, Lilly admitted that she has learned Elvish dialect to play Tauriel. When she was asked about plot details of the much awaited movie, she replied, "My Elvish could tell you what the story is. I can't tell you what the story is [in English]."
Currently filming in New Zealand, "The Hobbit" centers on Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield, along with the twelve dwarves, who embark on an epic adventure to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim a lost treasure that was stolen by the dragon Smaug.
Directed by "Lord of the Rings" helmer Peter Jackson, the anticipated movie also stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Richard Armitage as his trusted companion Thorin. Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom are additionally supporting the cast ensemble. The film is set to hit U.S. theaters on December 14, 2012, while its sequel "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will be released on December 13, 2013.
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