Evangeline Lilly Talks Fame & "The Hobbit" in Dujour January 2014

Posted Friday January 17, 2014 10:28 PM GMT

She recently finished production of the final installment of "The Hobbit," and now Evangeline Lilly shares her thoughts about being a non-tradition Tolkien character in the January 2014 issue of DuJour magazine.

The 34-year-old actress rocked a few poses for the publication's spread while opening up about her life since making it big on the hit ABC series "Lost," and her reaction to the harsh criticism of her role in "The Lord of the Rings" prequel.

Highlights from Miss Lilly's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit DuJour!

On her acting days before "Lost":
"When I got the job on 'Lost,' I was a broke university student living in the crappiest part of town, with a duct-taped back window on a broken-down car. I existed on peanut butter and tea. When somebody said, 'I will pay you a lot of money to come and do this,' it was worth it to make the sacrifice for a certain amount of time in order to have flexibility that comes from having more financial freedom."

On her life since becoming famous:
"Once I became a public figure, that ended. Men stopped talking to me. Because they think, 'Why would she want to date me?' But the irony of it is, that's exactly why you'd want to date them - everyone needs something to ground them in their life, and often for public figures, that's their partner."

On playing Tauriel:
"There are a lot of forums online where fans are furious. They're venting that anger and expressing themselves, and I just feel like, more power to you - get out there and express your opinions... I've had people who have seen the film who have daughters thank me for being part of it, because otherwise their daughters would have had hours of cinema without a single female character onscreen. In 2013, that's unacceptable."

Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson for DuJour