She is also known for her roles in films such as the psychological thriller Afterwards (2008), the war film The Hurt Locker (2008), and the sci-fi sports drama film Real Steel (2011).

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She eventually called and the agency landed her several roles in commercials and non-speaking parts in the TV shows Smallville and Kingdom Hospital.

Lilly was encouraged to audition for Lost by a friend and she did not expect to get cast.

As the secrecy campaign prevented the auditioning actors from accessing the full script, forcing them to read short scenes and only know the basic premise of people surviving a plane crash on a tropical island – which reminded Lilly of The Blue Lagoon – she thought Lost would "at best be a mediocre TV show".

Around 75 women auditioned for the part of Kate Austen.

Lilly followed this role with a leading part in psychological thriller film Afterwards.

Levy said: "She's magnificent to look at, she's soulful, and she's sexy.

I needed someone who you believed had grown up in a man's world.

Writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof said that he and executive producer and co-creator J. Abrams "were fast-forwarding through a tape, and he saw her and said, 'That's the girl.'" It was one of the top shows on ABC's primetime schedule during its run, won a Golden Globe and 11 Prime Time Emmy Awards including best drama in 2005, and was ranked the top-rated TV show of the decade by IMDb.

Evangeline was voted one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People'.