Evangeline Lilly

Isn't it funny how the entertainment world plays around with the calendar? The "official" television year ended last week, and the "official" summer movie season is in full bloom, so what better time to think about TV stars who should be in more movies? Last month we offered our picks for the gentlemen of the dramatic arts; now it's time to focus on the women.

Even though I just used the royal "we," let me hasten to add that the following picks reflect my own personal thinking. Thanks to a nifty new DVR, I watched more television shows over the past season than in the past, but I won't pretend this is a comprehensive list. These are the women that jumped off the screen.

1. Evangeline Lilly

That memorable image of her from the first season of Lost -- in her underwear, at the beach -- pretty much defined her, initially. Lilly had precious little acting experience before the series began, so she had to learn on the job. And she hasn't always been terribly convincing. But she's come into her own, and is now able to capture attention even without speaking, even with all her clothes on, even as part of that ridiculous love quadrangle. She's learned that less is more and cuts a strong figure as a loving, adoptive mother and a sexy, deadly criminal. She has a small part in The Hurt Locker, which finally opens next month, and could easily transition into supporting roles in just about any kind of movie now that Lost is nearing its finale.



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    ITALY OUT (ITALY OUT)Actress Evangeline Lilly attends The Chopard Trophy at the Baoli restaurant during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009 in Cannes, France. 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival - The Chopard Trophy Cannes, France May 18, 2009 Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage.com To license this image (57479029), contact WireImage.com

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    CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Actress Evangeline Lilly attends The Chopard Trophy at the Baoli restaurant during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2009 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Evangeline Lilly

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