'The Hobbit' actress recalls living in Palawan

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Dec 11 2013 06:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2013 02:24 AM

HOLLYWOOD – Another cast of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" shared some of her fond memories of the Philippines.

Evangeline Lilly said she lived in Palawan for nearly a month when she was still a teenager as part of a religious mission.

"When I was 18, I spent three weeks on the island of Palawan, in the jungle. I was basically playing with kids," she recalled.

"It was a wonderful experience. Palawan, particularly, was so beautiful and remote and untouched. The tribal people that we stayed with were so incredibly generous and hospitable and kind," she said.

Viewers of the popular television show "Lost" are familiar with Lilly, who played one of the main characters there. She's making a huge leap on the big screen through a starring role in one of the year's biggest movies, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

In "The Hobbit," Lilly makes an action-filled impression as the elf-warrior Tauriel. She spends much of her screen time in the movie with Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom, one of the original cast members of "The Lord of the Rings."

"We are both I think the kind of actors who don't take it all too seriously. I have a hard time with actors who are too serious about the whole thing. I like to laugh and have a good time," said Lilly.

Her scenes in the current "Hobbit" movie showed off her fighting skills and the actress said fans can expect even much more in the final installment of the film trilogy where her character rejoins the cast.

"I nearly killed myself finishing that ending, the ending scenes of that film for my character. There was one day where I spent the last two hours of filming suppressing the need to vomit because I had pushed my body beyond its limits and I just finished the day and I just fell flat on the set and just lay there for 15 minutes," she said.