Evangeline Lilly, 44, announces she’s retiring from acting: ‘A new season has arrived’

Evangeline Lilly is done with acting for now.

The “Lost” alum, 44, announced her retirement via Instagram Monday, saying she’s “so filled with joy and contentment” and ready to “live out [her] vision.”

“Praise God, I feel so grateful for my blessings. Stepping away from what seems like the obvious choice (wealth and fame) can feel scary at times, but stepping into your dharma replaces the fear with fulfillment,” the actress captioned a nearly 20-year-old video of herself.

Evangeline Lilly announced her retirement from acting on Monday, saying she’s stepping into “a new season.” Getty Images
“I might return to Hollywood one day, but, for now, this is where I belong,” she wrote on Instagram. Instagram/@evangelinelillyofficial

“I might return to Hollywood one day, but, for now, this is where I belong. A new season has arrived, and I AM READY…and I AM HAPPY,” she added.

In the throwback clip, a young Lilly laid out her dreams for the future, revealing she would like to be a retired actress, have a family with two kids, be a writer and focus on humanitarian work.

The star — who is perhaps best known for her role as Kate Austen on the series “Lost” — shares a son and daughter with her longtime partner, Norman Kali.

Lilly received her big break as Kate Austen on “Lost.” Getty Images
She went on to star in “The Hobbit” films and Marvel’s “Ant-Man” franchise. Getty Images

Lilly also notably starred in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” as Hope van Dyne. She reprised her role in 2018’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.”

Her most recent appearance in the franchise came in 2023’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”

Her other credits include roles in “Smallville,” “Real Steel” and two films in the “Hobbit” franchise.

Throughout her career, the actress has been known to be outspoken about her time in Hollywood.

She most recently reprised her role as Hope van Dyne in 2023’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” ©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection
Lilly is mom to two children, a son and daughter, whom she shares with longtime partner Norman Kali. ©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection

In 2018, she opened up about a “bad experience” she had while working on “Lost” that prompted her to say no to onscreen nudity for the rest of her career.

“In Season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter,” she said at the time.

She continued, “And I was mortified and I was trembling and when I finished it, I was crying my eyes out and I had to go on do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.”