Who is Norman Kali?
Norman Kali was born in 1978, in Hawaii, USA. He is a production assistant, director, and occasional actor, but perhaps best known for being the long term partner of actress Evangeline Lilly. His partner rose to fame in the television series “Lost” in which she portrayed Kate Austen. In recent years, she’s been better known for her work in “The Hobbit” film trilogy” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which she plays Hope van Dyne or Wasp.
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The Net Worth of Norman Kali
As of early-2020, Norman Kali’s net worth is estimated to be over $1.5 million, earned through success in his various endeavors in the entertainment industry, having worked on many television shows and films during his career. He probably benefits from the success of his partner as well, with Lilly having a net worth estimated to be over $20 million.
Early Life and Career
At a young age, Norman had his sight sets on filmmaking and participating in the creation of various film projects.
Since he knew what he wanted to do, he became increasingly disinterested in continuing with the traditional educational system – at 16 years old, he decided to drop out of school, and began working various odd jobs in town.
After two years, he decided to pursue his dream, and began looking for work in productions that were being filmed in Hawaii. One of his first projects was in the film “Tears of the Sun”, in which he handled location work, logistics and special effects. The war film starred Bruce Willis in the role of a Lieutenant who leads a team of US soldiers to rescue a doctor in Nigeria, where a civil war is taking place.
Many of the African cast members in the film are former refugees who live in the US.
Further Career in Entertainment
Kali then worked on the film “50 First Dates”, which starred Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, and follows the story of a womanizer who falls in love with an art teacher but discovers she has anterograde amnesia which makes her forget about him every day. He resolves to help her remember him, and win her over for the next 50 days. The film was highly successful, and has inspired various international remakes.
He then gained a production role in the Hawaii-shot series “Lost”, when he would meet his future partner.
The show aired on ABC and follows the story of passengers of an airliner which crash onto a mysterious island in the South Pacific. The show then features numerous mysterious events during its run, it is considered one of the greatest shows of all time, winning numerous awards in over six seasons of airing. Norman then worked on “Dress”, “North Shore”, and “The Big Bounce”, and in 2009, he was in production for the film “Tropic Thunder”. One of his latest projects is the film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” which also starred his partner.
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Partner – Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline grew up in Alberta, Canada, the middle child of three, where her father worked as a teacher while her mother was a manager. At a young age, she was both very athletic and academic, having numerous roles while attending WJ Mouat Secondary School. After matriculating, she enrolled in college and worked several jobs to help pay for her tuition. She experienced automotive work, waitressing, and working as a flight attendant.
While she didn’t display an interest in acting, she was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency while she was walking the streets of Kelowna.
After consideration, she called the agency which led to her appearing in several commercials, and had very small roles in “Kingdom Hospital” and “Smallville”. Afterwards she gained her biggest role after successfully auditioning for the series “Lost”, a role that she did not expect to win. She was nearly re-cast as it was difficult for her to get a working visa to spend time in Hawaii – the show would prove to be successful and elevated her career significantly.
Career After Lost – Evangeline Lilly
Evangeline was next cast in “The Hurt Locker”, which elevated her career further as the film won an Academy Award thanks partly to her contribution.
She was then cast in “Afterwards” before expanding her career as a children’s book writer. This led her to create “The Squickerwonkers”, which she heavily promoted throughout the 2010s. After a short break from acting, she then returned in “Real Steel”, as she was moved by the film’s script; the film saw her work alongside Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo.
She continued working in films shortly after that, and became a part of the Peter Jackson trilogy “The Hobbit”, the prequel films to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Her character was not originally part of the books, but was written in which is a known strategy of Jackson’s adaptation.
She took the role as she was a fan of the Tolkien books, and had to undergo extensive training for the role. In 2015, she was then cast in the superhero film “Ant-Man”, and later reprised her role in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”, and “Avengers: Endgame”. One of her latest film projects is “Dreamland”, in which she worked alongside Gary Oldman and Armie Hammer.
Norman started a relationship with Lilly in 2010. Before their relationship, she was married to Murray Hone, whom she divorced after a year.
She was also in a relationship with Dominic Monaghan during her time in “Lost”. Norman now has two children with Lilly – the two have admitted that they don’t believe in marriage, but they consider doing it later for tax purposes among other things.
In 2020, Evangeline got into controversy when she stated online that she didn’t believe in self-quarantine, leading to a lot of criticism during the coronavirus pandemic. She later apologized for her statements, and admitted that she was wrong.