Fashion Magazine Winter 2015 Cover: Evangeline Lilly

Photographed by Chris Nicholls and styled by Heidi Meek. Fashion direction by Zeina Esmail. Hair by Keith Carpenter for The Wall Group/Oribe Hair Care. Makeup by Hung Vanngo for The Wall Group/CK One Color Cosmetics. Nails by Gerry Holford for The Wall Group/Chanel Le Vernis. Fashion assistant. Eliza Grossman.

More than any other actress who has graced the cover of FASHION Magazine, Evangeline Lilly wanted a real hands-on approach to creating images with our crew. Before stepping on set, she dutifully clicked through and discussed clothing and label preferences with our team and helped create a concept for the entire shoot. Known most for her work in TV’s groundbreaking series Lost, as well as blockbusters such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies—the Alberta-born talent brought fresh ideas to the table which made for a lively and experimental work environment. “I don’t want to just model,” she said. “Anyone can do that. I’ve let myself be in magazines in the past without participating as much as I should have. At this point in my life, I feel like I need to collaborate.” The result of her teamwork is in the winter issue of FASHION, where Lilly poses in a list of luxe labels, including Chanel, Julien MacDonald and Zuhair Murad. Here’s a peek at Lilly’s captivating cover story—which hits newsstands on November 17th.

On her relationship with fashion and androgyny:
“I haven’t even scratched the surface of fashion yet. If you are not a clearly defined human being, it is very hard to define your image. And, it is such a difficult thing to navigate. What I’ve realized in my own journey in fashion is that I’m not that defined. I do feel like I am at ease in my own skin when I find an androgynous balance. It’s one of the things I love about my new haircut! I found the balance between masculine and feminine that I am always striving for and never getting.”

On getting through the legendary LOST curse:
“I was more off the rails than anyone else in the cast. The public didn’t see it but I managed to hold it together by the skin of my teeth.”

Lilly wears a Julien Macdonald dress (price on request), Suzanne Kalan ring, $9,000, Le Vian ring, $15,450, and Brumani bracelet, $2,690.

On her dream role:
“It would be amazing to play Sylvia Plath. She was so dark and what came out of her writing was troubled and fierce. The dimensions, levels, layers and levels would be incredible to take on. Let’s face it, the more groundbreaking female writers with families were the original mommy bloggers.”

On how she views her job in Hollywood:
“I am an opportunist. When opportunities come and I see them serving my grander goals in life, I take them. When I look ahead and see where I want to be in five years from now, I know acting can get me there. It’s a vehicle where I can realize my other dreams.”

On her plan to parent 6 children:
“There is that old mentality where some think women should be barefoot and pregnant and in the kitchen. When I hear those words, I think, ‘What. A. Dream.’”