Evangeline Lilly, known for her bookish acting role in the Lord of the Rings franchise and currently as The Wasp in Avengers: Endgame, advertised her new children’s book Tuesday on Good Morning America. Though bombarded with questions about her acting gigs, Evangeline got candid about her necessity to write and how she came to love reading.
“My passion—the thing that I do, when nobody asks me to do it, no one pays me to do it—is writing,” Evangeline told GMA correspondent Lara Spencer. “I’ve done it since I was yea high and will do it for the rest of my life. So it’s very exciting to be starting a career or hopefully a career—knock wood—in that space.”
Her book series, The Squickerwonkers, which is illustrated by Johnny Fraser Allen, saw its first book released in 2014. The second and third book, The Demise of Selma the Spoiled and prequel The Pre-Show, was released last week with the book tour happening now.
On GMA, Evangeline said she was inspired by Edward Gorey, whom she said wrote “really dark and highly sophisticated” books with up to six words on each page and “lots of pictures.” She said this was helpful since she was a slow reader.
“I felt like he was telling me, ‘I know just because you’re a slow reader, and not a strong reader, doesn’t mean you’re stupid. You’re smart and you can get it. So these books are in the spirit of Edward Gorey.”
For the premise of the series, she said a voice rang inside her head at 14 during the height of her love for Dr. Seuss books. She impersonated the voice in a Scottish accent to the audience, and with the roll of her tongue, she said she named it Squickerwonker.