Evangeline and her stunt doubles of “Ant-Man and The Wasp”, Ingrid Kleinig and Renae Moneymaker are three of the people featured in the new article by The Hollywood Reporter to shine the light on the people who make the main actors look good in the big and small screen.
The Hollywood Reporter – When Evangeline Lilly was starring in Lost, she liked to do her own stunts. But two kids and a decade and change later, the 39-year-old actress had to reevaluate her priorities. “I had to let go of that young, egotistical pride that I’ll do it all, that nobody is doing it for me,” she says. “It was hard for me, I won’t lie. But I’m not 25 anymore.”
Making it a little easier for her on Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel’s first movie to include a female character in its title, were Ingrid Kleinig, 39, and Renae Moneymaker, 31, Lilly’s two stuntwomen. With multiple units shooting the film at the same time — one stuntwoman doing a car chase, another a fight sequence, while Lilly worked on an acting scene — the film literally could not have been made without them. “There were four of me in this film,” says the actress, including in her count the CGI-created version of her insect-inspired superhero character.
Kleinig is a trained dancer and acrobat — she performed in the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics — who grew up in a car-obsessed family (her great-great-grandfather started the Australian Grand Prix and her dad was a professional driver for the army before she started racing cars in Australia). The two skills led to her landing gigs as Margot Robbie’s double in The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad and Brie Larson’s double in Kong: Skull Island and Captain Marvel. “I used to be the black sheep of the family,” she says, “but now I’ve redeemed myself.”
Moneymaker started out as a gymnast but got introduced to stunt work by her sister, Heidi. “I was hooked,” she says. “I was like, ‘This is what I need to be doing.’ I fell in love with all of it, with the amount of people that are involved [in making a movie], the preparation and executing the stunts.” Along with Ant-Man and the Wasp, Moneymaker also has done stunt work for Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Even though the three women were often working on different scenes, they formed a bond during preproduction training, practicing in front of a mirror by doing motions together in sync. And Lilly, whenever she could, kept a close eye on her doubles, giving her input on action scenes in “very long emails” to the producers and director (“I’ve seen the stunt videos you’ve mocked up, and I have a lot of notes”). Her biggest concern was that she wanted the action sequences to emphasize the femininity of The Wasp’s fighting style to show women don’t have to be “either the tomboy or the girly-girl. I consider myself the godmother of this character,” Lilly explains, “so I wanted to be on set anytime there was a stunt happening. I wanted to have eyes on it and have input.”
Marvel Studios and Disney presented yesterday the first trailer of the fourth and last film of “Avengers” and also announced that the title of this awaited superhero tape will be “Avengers: Endgame”.
Unfortunately, Evangeline with her character from The Wasp can not be seen here. In the next trailer I hope we can see her!
This film, which will hit theaters on April 26, will be a continuation of “Avengers: Infinity War,” which premiered last April and grossed 2,047 million dollars worldwide to become the fourth highest-grossing film of the history.
This week, Evangeline attended the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha! She shared the news with us through this post on her instagram, where she wrote: “So lucky to be on the #redcarpet next to these two absolutely gorgeous people @alremaihia and @grendizer who run the @ajyalfilm festival where children come from all over the world to experience impeccable film making, and more importantly to witness and experience each other and each other’s cultures. I’m so honoured to be a part of this beautiful event and hope that in some small way my presence here could make the experience more exciting for some of the kids. I’m quickly learning that children’s film festivals are my favourite part of being an actor. Thank you @ajyalfilm for this opportunity. #forthekids #ajyal2018”.
The sixth Ajyal Film Festival, the annual cinema event hosted by Doha Film Institute (DFI) at Katara – the Cultural Village, continues to drive dialogue between international film talents and young filmmakers, with Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly and Karim Ainouz, the director of Central Airport THF (Germany, France, Brazil/2018), among others, to interact with audiences and media.
A guest of honour at Ajyal Film Festival, Evangeline was down-to-earth and endearing to fans. Reflecting her own outlook towards life, she said: “I always try to demystify the idea of glamour and show the real person. We are all the same.”
Evangeline said that being friendly “helped me get jobs”. “Nobody likes a snob; directors and producer want someone they like to work with. Further, it helps me to create my characters because I meet and interact with so many people from different walks of life and cultures. There is nobody I wouldn’t say hello to. To be a good actor, you have to know people,” she said.
Evangeline revealed that she will appear in a new series soon without divulging more details. She said, “Television was an incredible commitment. But that said, there is a TV show on the horizon. The reason why I finally decided to go back to television is because I now have two children and the life of an actor is like the life of a gypsy, and very difficult on family. I was looking for some stability.”
Evangeline said the opportunity to interact with Ajyal jurors was incredible. “I love the opportunity to speak to kids and love answering their questions. But there is always a small part of me that is frustrated. Because more than answering their questions, I want to ask them questions, especially here because I know little of the Middle East. The most fascinating thing is how (the Ajyal Jurors) are into the film industry. I didn’t know there was a film industry in Qatar before I was invited to Qatar.”
On Saturday night, Evangeline attended Go Campaign’s annual gala in Los Angeles, which aims to help orphans and vulnerable children. Several photos have already been added to the gallery. Go enjoy them!
On September 1, Evangeline attended the Fan Expo Canada, and during the panel, in addition to talking about her series of children’s books “The Squickerwonkers”, she also spoke about women’s empowerment and her new film “Ant-Man and The Wasp”, among other things. Look at the video below.
In a previous telephone interview she also spoke about female empowerment and said the following:
“It’s very exciting for me, because suddenly I have a huge uptick in the number of fans who are female,” the 39-year-old, who plays Hope van Dyne/Wasp in the film, said in a recent phone interview from her home in Hawaii to promote her appearance at Fan Expo Canada this weekend.
“It’s great. Historically, I’ve had a more predominantly male fan base and I’ve always thought, ‘How do I get women? I want the women!’” she said with a laugh. “God bless the men, but you get tired of making pictures where you’re attractive and you want to just make pictures where you’re you.”
I added some great photos that have just come to light. The images are from the Giffoni Film Festival, event held on July 20, 2018 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. Go to the gallery and enjoy!
“I was really struck by Giffoni’s story. The charming story of an eighteen-year-old boy who decides to bring films into his town and promote them among the children who have never been to a movie theatre”