Evangeline Lilly interview via Vulture:
The Squickerwonkers is an idea you’ve been carrying around since you were 14, but when did you decide that you could actually write this book and get it published?
What had to happen first? Well, I’d had this incredible opportunity that occurred with LOST where I suddenly had this fantastic job — a great-paying job in a great place, where if you lined up all the pieces, it looked like I struck gold — but I was unhappy. So that really made me ask myself, If all this makes you unhappy, something that is a lot of people’s dream job, what would make you happy?
Had it been your dream to have an acting job like that?
No, it was never my dream. But I knew it was a lot of other people’s dreams, so I thought, Well, I’ll give it a shot and see what happens, when the opportunity arose. But to know that I was in this fortunate, privileged position and [still] unhappy, I really had to dig deep and say, “Would anything make you happy?” And that becomes a bit of a scary question in your mid-20s, to wonder whether anything would make me truly satisfied in a job.
And what was the answer?
What I realized in that exploration is that writing is the one thing I have always done all my life, with no intention of ever getting paid for it. If I went for too long without writing, I would start to feel like something inside me was dying. I guess I just finally connected to that and realized, Hang on a minute. If this is the thing that I do anyway just for the joy of it, then that’s the thing I should try to do. And that realization came sometime in the middle of LOST. It wasn’t until about five years later that I had the courage to stand up and say, “Hey, I’ve got this writing. Does anyone want to look at it?” And I took baby steps. I looked into literary agents and tried my hand at script-writing, which is really not my forte. [Laughs.] It takes a while, and it’s scary to say, “I really, really want this,” and to know you might fail.
Since we’re at Comic-Con, I’m going to throw out a couple of things that people get really geeky about, and you tell me how much of a fan you are. Star Wars, since J.J. Abrams, who co-created Lost, is currently directing Episode VII?
I do love Star Wars, although I’m not one of those crazy fans who knows everything about everyone. I barely could pull the Millennium Falcon out of my hat, if I had to come up with something. But of course I love Princess Leia, and when I found out J.J. Abrams was doing the next installment, I immediately picked up the phone and said, “I wanna be Leia! I would kill to be Leia, please let me be Leia!” [Laughs.]
Any movie directors you’re obsessed with?
Do you know Wes Anderson? [Begins bowing] I would KILL to be in a Wes Anderson movie. I geek out for him!
Were you a fan of the Ant-Man comic book, since you’re rumored to be playing the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming movie version?
[Laughs, says nothing.]
Maybe you’ll have more to say about those after the Marvel movie panel this weekend?
Michael Giacchino did a Reddit AMA last week to promote his work in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes along with the film’s director Matt Reeves. They previously worked together on Let Me In and Cloverfield. Below are the questions Michael took about his work on LOST.
What happened to that Lost music concert in LA that you teased on Twitter in 2012? #wehavetogobackconcert
Still working on it!! But it will happen one day!
My friend and I have been debating on whether there were intentional clues or not hidden in a few of the themes you wrote for the show. Can you once and for all answer whether they were intended or accidental? Is the music used in ‘Through the Looking Glass’ when Jack stands on the ledge of the bridge about to jump off intended to have similiar musical phrasing as Locke’s hatch theme implying that he was Jeremy Bentham a full season before it was revealed Secondly, Does David’s theme from Season 6 have similar phrasing to Juliet’s theme to suggest that she was the mother also before it was revealed?
Absolutely not, it was not intentional. In fact, I never read any of the scripts to the show! I only knew what was happening close to what the audience knew - I got it and I scored it, so I never knew what was going to happen in the next episode, let along the next scene. So I was as uninformed as the audience at the time of me writing.
Unfortunately you are reading too much into it.
I wish I was smart enough and informed enough to be able to plant those types of seeds, but unfortunately that was not the case. And thank you for your kind words, I’m so happy you loved LOST and I really miss the show. And I look forward to putting together a LOST concert one day that we can all share.
Do you have a musical signature that you sign every project with?
No, again, you always have these plans that you wish you could have been smart enough to be that forward thinking, but the truth is, when you get a project you’re only worried about doing it right and finishing on time. There have been moments where I’ve quoted past themes in certain things - for example on LOST, there were a few moments when they had a submarine scene, and in MEDAL OF HONOR they had a submarine scene, and in the LOST scenes I quoted the submarine scene from MEDAL OF HONOR, which was an old video game that I scored. And I did that one, definitely, for the fans, to see if anyone would notice. And they did.
Click here to read all of Michael and Matt’s responses.