[Movies] Evangeline Lilly Talks About Playing A New Character For The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.17.2013
Tauriel did not appear in Tolkien's novel...
In an interview with IGN, Evangeline Lilly spoke about playing Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The character did not appear in Tolkien's novel and was created specifically for the movie. Here are highlights:
On her reaction to getting cast: "I was a die hard fan of these books before the films ever came out. And when I say die hard, I wasn't the person who could speak Elvish, but I really loved them. And I wasn't actually going to see the original films, because I didn't think it was possible that a film could represent the books appropriately. So I was protesting, and I wasn't going to see them. And then my family all took a jaunt together, the entire family, to see the movies, and were like, 'What, you're just going to stay home?' So I saw the movies and was thoroughly impressed that Peter Jackson managed to make my vision of the book come to life, as well as my sister's and my father's, and my aunt's and my uncle's, everyone's. It seemed to somehow pan across everyone's vision, even though we all knew we had to have had different visions of the books. So when I got called and was told, 'We'd like you to do The Hobbit', which was my favorite of all of them when I was a kid. 'And we want you to play a character that's not in the books.' I gulped and hesitated, but then I went, 'These guys know this world, and they represent this world so well, that I actually think they've earned the right to have a little play.'"
On her mindset about Tauriel: "She becomes sort of the embodiment and representation of the Wood Elves, which Tolkien talks about at length in all of his books. And in this book in particular, he just doesn't introduce you to any of them. Well, you can't have a movie with a group of people that are significant players in the story, that push forward the plot, without introducing at least one or two of them. You have to meet them. So I think that they just recognized that. And they could have made it a make Elf, but we have Legolas, and nobody needs to have to compete with that. So I think doing a female Elf in the Woodland realm was a bit safer, because we haven't met one of those yet. And also, I think this book is really, really alpha, it's very male-driven. It's all male characters. In the book, there's not one female character. And if you watch a film from beginning to end, with no women in it, it's really difficult. I don't know if any of you feel this way, but it's like eventually, you see a woman come on screen and you go, 'Oh, thank God!' You just sort of need a break from all this testosterone, which happened, I think, in one of my films, The Hurt Locker. I was in it for like five minutes, and people were like, 'You were in that movie!' And I was like, 'Well, kind of.' And they were like, 'No, you were!' 'Cause they needed a woman!"
On if she shares any scenes with Hugo Weaving's Elrond: "No, none actually. Nor do I have scenes with Cate Blanchett's Galadriel. I work primarily with a group of four Dwarves and three humans. And for the most part-- I have never, and never will do a scene with Bilbo. I've not worked with Martin Freeman. I've hung out with him, but I've not worked with him. And the movie is about him."