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An excerpt with Evangeline Lilly (Kate Austen) as featured in issue #29 of The Official LOST Magazine.
This season you get to reconnect with Claire, albeit a very different Claire. How has that been for you and your character?
Evangeline Lilly: It's been really, really fun. I am a die-hard romantic, so I can't help but enjoy watching anything romantic on the show. When it comes to playing things, I get really bored with playing the romance and the love triangle. I am looking for new, interesting things to play, so it's been great to be able to pair up with Emilie [de Ravin] this way because it brings out completely different things in me as an actor. What's interesting, too, is that Kate â€“ who despite being so strong and independent and this character that runs with the boys â€“ there's this beautiful juxtaposition that instinctively happens when she is with Claire. All of Kate's hardness shifts and becomes strength for Claire, instead of strength against something. Kate's strength is often to protect herself â€“ she is often against the world â€“ but suddenly, that changes focus to wrap Claire up in safety and take care of her.
As you head towards the end of the show, do you have a hope for how Claire and Aaron's story is resolved?
Oh yes. This is one of the few storylines where I want what happens to be dead on the nose! Normally I want a twist to make it interesting. With this one, I just want her to get Claire back to Aaron. So even if Kate dies, she could die in peace knowing that Aaron had his mom. I feel like if anything outside of that happens, Kate will be tormented by that forever â€“ living or dead. The show will end and we will leave Kate where ever we leave her. Of course, I love Kate and I'm invested in her, so I don't want her to spend an eternity tormented.
What do you make of the flash-sideways with Kate?
Kate and Jack don't know each other, but there is still a strange memory thing going on, with some kind of recognition on the plane with Jack and Aaron's name. I love reinventing Kate and they have allowed me to do it over and over, which I bless the writers for because it is so much fun. The way l have been playing her, and whether this comes across or not, is that in my mind, this has changed drastically. With three years of hell she has imprinted somewhere in her soul, instead of being on the run as a young, vulnerable woman, she is now a much more mature blossomed woman who actually gets off on it all [laughs]! It's her adrenaline kick and her drug. Having all these crazy situations where she has to fight her way out or she has to hold a gun to someone's head, she loves it! She can't go without it. Should life get too stale she needs her fix and to intentionally get herself in trouble to keep it going. So that has been fun because I have already played Kate as the reluctant criminal.
Where is your head at right now â€“ do you feel everything will get wrapped up by the time the last ever episode comes around?
As I have gotten more and more scripts this season, I have started thinking we have too much story to tell! We need three more seasons, but obviously the writers disagree [laughs]! I trust our writers â€“ they obviously know what they are doing.
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