Evangeline Lilly was born in Fort Saskatchewan, a city of 14,685 people, located 25 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. She was "discovered" in Kelowna, British Columbia, where Evangeline first rejected an offer by the famous Ford modeling agency, but later signed on to help pay for her tuition at the University of British Columbia. After appearing in several commercials and focus on her studies. However, a friend urged her to go back into acting. Evangeline landed several small guest roles in TV series from 2003 to 2004. She then landed a starting role in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital
. But it wasn't until her starting role in the popular drama Lost
in 2004 where she gained recognition.