Evangeline Lilly of ‘LOST’ on Hawaii

Evangeline Lilly, who plays Kate on LOSTIn an interview with MSN TV News, Evangeline Lilly — who plays fugitive-turned-mom on ABC’s hit series “LOST” — notes the downsides of living in Hawaii.

MSN TV: Does spending so much time in Hawaii ruin it as a lovely place to be?

Evangeline Lilly: It’s true, but you still recognize how lovely a place it is, and in some ways you realize more than a visitor would how lovely it is. But, like anywhere in the world, every place has its downfalls and frustrations. At the same time as being an incredible place to live, it can be a place that makes you want to slit your throat sometimes. It’s a tiny, tiny, tiny island where there’s really nowhere to go. There’s no nightlife. It’s a very slow, relaxed culture, which is ideal when you’re on vacation because it forces you to relax and to stop and smell the roses. But when you’re working hard and you’re very, very busy, that can start to get frustrating.

MSN TV: What is it that you find makes you most crazy when island fever kicks in?

Evangeline Lilly: When you’re a busy person who’s trying to efficiently run your life but everything around you is run inefficiently, that starts to eventually wear you down.

13 Responses

  1. huylo says:

    mmm….she does mention some of the good aspects of hawaii as well you know?, not just the bad.

  2. will says:

    no nightlife? hmm… don’t know about that one. But she’s right, every place has it’s “ups” and “downs.” I’ve been living in Seattle since 2001, and every time I go back home (Oahu) to visit, sometimes i do feel like the laid back lifestyle may be a little too laid back. And like Lilly, I too feel like it’s hard to “efficiently run [my] life [when] everything around … is run inefficiently.” But you know what, after all the years of hustle-n-bustle in Seattle, I’m ready for some of that “inefficiency!” lol… I’m moving back this June. Can’t wait!

  3. Beth Berry says:

    Dang! Don’t hold back, girl!

  4. Beth Berry says:

    It’s nice to be important.
    It’s more important to be nice.

  5. Ryan says:

    To be fair, the question is phrased specifically to get her to talk about the hardships of island life. But I think the question came up because she’s been the most vocal historically about having difficulty adjusting to Hawaii.

  6. Kalei says:

    Would you like some cheese with that whine. :) Just kidding. Everyone has a “home” and when you’re living in a place that is different from where you grew up, it’s always easy to fing something you don’t like. I’d would have been nice to hear the interviewer ask what she LOVED about Hawaii. I’m sure she’d have a list for that too.
    Having said all of that, I’d take Hawaii over any place in the world – hands down! But maybe that’s because it’s my “home.” :)

  7. Burt says:

    I wonder what sort of efficiencies she is talking about. If you are working the set you’re working the set. If you are off the set then maybe you are practicing your lines. Or maybe you are lining up your next project. If that’s the case then yes, I agree it would be tough to see efficiencies in Hawaii when most of the work she would be looking for orginates from elsewhere. Personally, IMHO if you think your efficiency (balance) is determined by things external to you then I think you will be mightily disappointed, where ever you live.

  8. Maile Lee says:

    I grew up in Kaneohe and miss everything about home. Give me laid back Kaneohe any day over the mainland. Every minute of every day people here are rushed. They are almost always too busy to be friendly, or even polite to someone they don’t know. It’s like its not worth their time or while… I have to keep reminding myself not to smile at passersby. Most of the time, they don’t smile back and I’m left feeling perfectly stupid. You might be more connected when you’re living on the mainland to big cities/populations–but why would you want to? There’s no real connection between people here, that is outside close family or circles of friends. At home on the Windward side, families connect to one another and there is a real sense of brotherhood and community. It may seem slow to nonlocals but, to me, the pace of life in Hawai’i is perfect. Some may say it’s cultural bias, but people at home seem far happier and more close knit than they do here. Maybe the Aloha spirit that is so important to us locals is dependent on the slow pace of our life style.

  9. Seriously? No night life?! I think you’re just boring because I have yet to see you out and about… There is so much to do, Showdown in Chinatown, Next Door, Art After Dark… the only time I’ve ever seen her out and about was at the LOST symphony… I’ve seen the other LOST actors out and about…

    However, I do agree with the comments about inefficiency. Seriously… just the roadwork and construction hours drive me nutz. Especially out here in Ewa… why can’t construction be at night when the roads are LEAST used instead of during rush hour?

  10. @Beth Barry – awesome quote! Seriously…
    @Ryan – The one and only time I’ve met her she was a bit rude and I wasn’t being a pushy fan or anything.
    @Burt – Wow, great thoughts man. Balance in your own life…

  11. Ma'Halo says:

    She’s admitted to about a dozen car accidents… mostly in B.C. Canada, before she got here. Even ran over a pedestrian. Hectic, efficient, Quest Phone Sex Spokesmodel… or… whiney homesick starlet?

  12. Xapa says:

    Would you like a box cutter with your wine?

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