Evangeline Lilly thinks being ‘barefoot & pregnant’ sounds like ‘a dream’

Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly covers the December issue of Fashion magazine to promote her role in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Yeah, I know … another Hobbit movie. Apologies to all the Middle-Earth fans out there, but this franchise befuddles me.

Evangeline apparently styled herself for the shoot, which you can see here. That’s kinda cool, but Evangelina was smug about this accomplishment: “I don’t want to just model. Anyone can do that.” She chose some Chanel, Julien MacDonald, and Zuhair Murad ensembles for the editorial. Evangeline did fine, but she shouldn’t quit her Hobbit job. This interview is more interesting than the shoot:

Her “androgynous” fashion sense: “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 The 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.”

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.”

Her place 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.”

She wants 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.'”

[From Fashion]

So Sylvia Plath was one of “the original mommy bloggers“? Oh boy. Somehow I can’t see Sylvia taking the time to Pinterest or bother with any form of social media. She’d probably turn the comments off on a blog, and unlist it with all search engines. Her only online presence would be a Tumblr devoted to the douchey acts of Ted Hughes. I can actually see that part happening. Evangeline should have used a better example to illustrate a mommy blogger.

As for Evangeline’s desire to be “barefoot and pregnant,” eh, why not? At least she admits the practice is archaic. If that’s what she wants, go for it.

Evangeline Lilly

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to go barefoot – I do so all the time. Or to be pregnant. Or in the kitchen. But many people misunderstand the expression “barefoot and pregnant.” A man was said to want to keep his wife barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen to control her and keep her from running away. She would not be given any money to buy shoes (barefoot), she would be physically vulnerable (pregnant) and serving him (in the kitchen). I know she didn’t understand the meaning of the phrase, but it hurts me to hear it used so casually and positively. It’s a misogynistic remark. Stop it.

    • Esmom says:

      I know. I think she sounds kinda foolish, especially after expressing her deep thoughts about Sylvia Plath.

      She did get me curious about how exactly she was “off the rails” during Lost, though.

    • jane says:

      Of course it is, but celebs not usually well-read or smart.

    • Erinn says:

      This. I wouldn’t be opposed to being pregnant. I hate wearing shoes. And the kitchen is where all the food is.

      But I don’t want to be ‘barefoot and pregnant’ in the sense of the meaning of the phrase.

    • Tessa says:

      She comes across as abit thick

    • Kitten says:

      Thank you for pointing this out, GNAT.
      I think she’s quite beautiful, but I’m a bit I’m not convinced that she’s very smart.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree. I think she’s one of the most naturally beautiful actresses, and I actually liked her a lot on Lost, but she never comes across well in interviews.

    • Diana B says:

      That was a totally dumb remark. She takes the phrase in the literal sense and doesn’t take into consideration the metaphorical meaning behind it. Definition of dumb this one is.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      GNAT – perfect. Thank you.

      How could she NOT understand that?

    • wiffie says:

      While that may be true, it is also said pregnant chicks be barefoot because their shoes don’t effing fit. Which is my case. I even type this over my stove, making eggs for toddler wiffie. I am the epitome of pregnant and barefoot, peanut butter in my hair every day and nobody holds me down. My feet just hurt!

      I don’t think this should be held as a universal misogynistic phrase, though rumors state its roots are there. I don’t totally buy it completely though. Eh well.

      • Anony says:

        @wiffie, yes taken literally it’s no big deal…but the phrase is a metaphor meaning exactly what GNAT said. It was historically used by men to infer they wanted an uneducated housewife who had no options in life to leave and would thus be forced to wait on her husband and stay no matter how he treated her. It is a derogatory phrase and was not at all about women choosing those things but rather having no other options (no financial stability of her own, no reproductive control, etc)

    • tealily says:

      Eh, I think she is willfully misinterpreting the phrase as a way of saying that she would love to not be working and instead to be focusing on family life and domesticity, but that she is unable to do that in her life at the moment. It’s not the she does not understand the connotation of the phrase, but that the literal condition sounds appealing to her.

  2. Grrl says:

    I miss Lost :'(

  3. Mata says:

    I remember after she had been plucked from the obscurity of phone chat line commercials for Lost. All her interviews were nothing but complaining about fame, having to live in Hawaii, whine, whine, whine. She swore that as soon as she was out of her Lost contract, she was leaving the business. I hate it when annoying people don’t make good on threats like that.

    • Lisa says:

      I think I remember her saying she suffered very badly with allergies when she lived in Hawaii, which is no fun. I would love to know if the Lost cast got on well with each other or who fought with who. She cheated on Charlie, right?

      • Shantal says:

        He said that she cheated on him. He has also been known to cruise for sex online and send nasty messages to women who turn him down, so who cares if she did?

  4. lisa2 says:

    I didn’t recognize her at first.

    That cover is too busy. It detracts from her.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      I still don’t recognize her. Or maybe I forgot what she looked like, and I watched every episode of Lost.

  5. Chris says:

    The cover is terrible–a tutorial in how to make a beautiful face look ordinary.

    Rant: The term “mommy blogger” makes me stabby. They are bloggers who also happen to be mothers. The End. I can’t put my finger on it, but I can’t help but feel there’s some gender bias when you throw a “mommy” before the profession. “He’s a daddy blogger” or “he’s a writer”–what are we more likely to hear?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Agree. “Mommy” sounds like baby talk , and I can’t stand for grown women to use it to describe themselves or other women unless they are talking to a child. Sort of nauseating. Plus, everything you said.

    • Jessica says:

      Yeah, but “bloggers who happen to be mothers” and “mommy bloggers” are different categories in my opinion. It has to do with what the blog is about. If the blog is about writing or programming or fashion or some such thing, then “blogger who happens to be a mother” is right, but if the blog is about mothering and baby crap, then “mommy blogger” is appropriate in my opinion – like “fashion blogger” or something similar.

      • Bridget says:

        Except “mommy blogger” is used to describe pretty much any blog where the writer is a mother and mentions their personal life (which is essentially what bloggers DO). And the term minimizes both the writers and the experience of being a mom – it treats them as though they’re not ‘real’ writers.

      • tealily says:

        I agree with Jessica. “Mommy blogger” is a category of blogs. And there are “daddy bloggers” too. I read a lot of blogs… running blogs, cooking blogs, style blogs, etc… and some of the bloggers happen to be mothers. Although they occasionally (or even frequently!) talk about their children and their home lives, I would not consider any of them a “mommy blog.” I don’t read blogs where women write specifically about parenting and only parenting because I don’t have children, but I don’t mind occasionally reading about parenting from a blogger who also writes about my interests. Do other people?

        Bridget, you are right about the term being used as a pejorative though. Not cool. I think we can agree, however, that Evangeline isn’t doing that here.

  6. It is what it is says:

    Just no. Sylvia Plath would be way more than some mommy blogger. And if you want to be barefoot and pregnant…God what a goal, then go do it? More power to you…I just…can’t…relate!

  7. whatsmyname? says:

    There is too much happening on the cover, less text and a simple background would have been better. And I had no idea what the meaning of barefoot and pregnant was before.

  8. Kip says:

    Sounds like she hasn’t spent a lot of time barefoot or pregnant.

  9. Jessica says:

    If she wants to be “barefoot and pregnant” then fine, it’s her life and her relationship dynamic, but then she shouldn’t be working. You can’t be “barefoot and pregnant” and also be independent enough to have a job of your own.

  10. Amy Tennant says:

    I always wanted to be a SAHM. Sounds like the dream to me. However, that’s fully because it would be my choice. It’s only archaic when you’re forced into it. In my case, I’m forced into working outside the home, and I can’t express how much I hate it.

  11. captain hero says:

    Doesn’t sound like Evangeline Lilly thinks much at all

  12. aenflex says:

    Wrinkles on the cover! That made my day.

  13. Chris2 says:

    That makes me think of De Valera’s ghastly intentions for an independent Ireland, in which married women were barefoot and pregnant and thus forcibly stay-at-home, and ‘comely maidens’ danced at the bloody crossroads.

  14. Prim says:

    From what I’ve read Sylvia Plath might well have loved being a mummy blogger. She adored being a homemaker and excelled at it. You can’t be great at keeping the house clean and be dark? I am.

  15. Claire says:

    She is super super pretty. I wasn’t holding out much for the second Hobbit movie, but I loved it. I am now totally in love with Lee Pace – the most amazing elf ever! I really liked the whole dwarf/elf love triangle – which I know is made up, but not being a Tolkien devotee I enjoyed it.