Why Evangeline Lilly Bid Goodbye to Wasp's 'Resting B-tch Face' (Her Words)

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Consider Hope van Dyne's "resting bitch face" officially retired. According to Ant-Man and the Wasp star Evangeline Lilly, who plays Wasp, her character's "cold, bitchy" ways are behind her. Speaking to CBR, Lilly explained Hope's redemptive arc, how that altered her character's outlook in the sequel film and why the change was "refreshing" for her.

Asked what she was able to bring to the character this time around, she said, "Well, you know, I guess this is so trivial, but to me it was a big deal: smiles and laughter. That was really refreshing. I had so much fun with the permanent resting bitch face in Ant-Man. I loved playing that character. I’d never played a character like that before and it was really fun for me to play someone who was so cold and, for lack of a better word, bitchy."

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"In the first film, she went through a hugely redemptive and healing process with her father and we wanted that healing to be represented in some very tangible, significant change in this character, so you could not only intuit it but physically see. So there was a couple visual clue," she continued. "Her hair wasn’t quite as severe. Partly that was because she was on the run and, when you’re on the lamb, I don’t think you’re going to your local salon very often. So, you know, she was meant to look a little bit more disheveled, a little bit less well-groomed."

"But, you know, she smiled more and she was sort of able to laugh at Scott’s jokes because, in the first film, he was a stranger who she didn’t trust and wanted nothing to do with. Between the first film and the second film, they had a full-on romantic relationship, and now — though they weren’t together and though they were at odds — she still has that history with him and she still has feelings for him," she added. "So to see her be actually charmed by him and laugh and smile in moments that are a little more intense was very fun."

Director Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and The Wasp stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Randall Park and Walton Goggins. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD starting Oct. 16.

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