Yahoo Movies has unwittingly sent shockwaves through the cast of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” And it was all prompted by something so seemingly harmless: feet.
Since Peter Jackson thinks shoeless-ness is the new black, and being that Bilbo Baggins is also shoe-averse, we thought it’d be fun to quiz Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, and other “Hobbit” stars on the cast’s own feet.
You can play along here! (Foot spoilers appear at the bottom of the post.)
Little did we know one star’s tootsies would inspire such shock that swear words started flying and mouths flew agape. (See it toward the end of the video above.)
Literally, when we revealed the identity of one “Hobbit” star’s feet, Cumberbatch said “Oh my god! F—!” Richard Armitage feared retribution, Freeman couldn’t stop laughing, and Luke Evans widened his eyes to the size of saucers in disbelief — which soon turned into deep regret.
Lucky for us, our innocent celebrity victim (who recently took over our Instagram page and who we adore!) was a great sport about the whole accidental foot-shaming incident.
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” big bare feet and all, is now playing.
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Foot quiz answers:
a) Ian McKellen b) Benedict Cumberbatch c) Peter Jackson d) Evangeline Lilly e) Martin Freeman
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Bad news: Our shoes aren’t getting smaller. Our feet are getting bigger. According to a new report by the National Shoe Retailers Association cited in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the average woman’s foot has grown by more than a size over the last three decades.
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The human body is constantly evolving, and as nutrition for people in the western world has increased (as has acccess to high-calorie junk food), so have body sizes. At the beginning of the 20th century the average woman wore a size 3.5 or size 4 shoe. This increased to a 5.5 in the forties and remained this way till the 60s. By the 1970s, the average female foot was a 7.5 and now, forty years later, the most common foot size for the American female is somewhere between an 8 ½ and a 9.
“People are getting taller and heavier, as they have for generation after generation,”Podiatric historian William Rossi told the lifestyle blog Divine Caroline. “And their feet are getting larger in proportion to their bodies.”
It’s not just a U.S. phenomenon. The U.K. tabloid Daily Mail recently reported that the average size of British women’s feet has grown noticeably over the past five years and attribute the growth to changes in diet and an increase in obesity. The newspaper reports that “medical experts believe that eating high-density foods such as pizza and processed foods during puberty stimulates the growth hormone.” As British podiatrist Matthew Fitzpatrick explained to the BBC, children’s soft and supple bones can grow and spread under excess weight. “When you are young the bones in your body haven’t hardened. So if you’ve got a foot in which the bones are still forming and an excessively heavy child putting the weight on that foot, the arch flattens.”
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The question is, how do women feel about this increase in size of their feet? Many loathe the thought of going shoe-shopping, held back by the embarrassment of buying large, masculine-looking shoes. Stores often fail to stock shoes at the upper end of the curve, reports divinecaroline.com. Women subsequently buy smaller shoe sizes out of embarrassment, which can result in foot pain and injuries.
Nevertheless, people will have to learn how to live with the bodies they were born with; few women, we’d imagine, would want to go back to traditions like the excruciatingly painful foot binding of imperial China. But with celebrity role models such as Kate Winslet (shoe size 11), Evangeline Lilly (size 10 t0 11) and Rhianna (size 9), women might be encouraged to embrace their larger feet. Thankfully, there’s an end in sight, so don’t worry that future generations of women will have to trade in their Blahniks for a pair of clown shoes. While feet will continue to grow in the coming decades, explains Rossi, they will eventually reach a point when “nature says enough.”
Nicole Evangeline Lilly is an Canadian actress and author born on 13th August 1979. Lilly received a nomination of Golden Globe Award and also won Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Kate Austen in the television series Lost. As a college girl, Evangeline used to play soccer and as well worked as a waitress during that time period. She was interested in humanitarian causes which ultimately led her to major in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Her acting career began from commercials and several non-speaking parts in the TV shows such as Kingdom Hospital and Smallville. In 2004, Lilly gave audition for the series Lost which provided her breakthrough and the series ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2010. It became one o the top shows on ABC’s primetime schedule and also won Golden Globe Award and 11 Prime Time Emmy Awards. Along with television, Evangeline as well performed variety of roles in numerous films including The Hurt Locker, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Ant-Man. Throughout her career she earned several accolades and nominations such as MTV Movie Awards, Gotham Awards and Saturn Awards.
In addition to that, Lilly has an interest in literature and in 2013 she debuted the book titled The Squickerwonkers. As for her personal life, Lilly Evangeline married twice. Firstly with Dominic Monaghan from 2004 to 2009 and after their separation she became married with actor Norman Kali in 2010. The couple has two children together.
Evangeline Lilly Personal Details:
- Complete Name: Nicole Evangeline Lilly
- Nicknames: Evi
- Date of Birth: August 3, 1979
- Birthplace: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
- Occupation: Actress, Author
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Eye Color: Green
- Hair Color: Dark Brown
Evangeline Lilly Body Measurements Height Weight Bra Size Vital Stats Bio
Evangeline Lilly Family Details:
- Father: Home Economics Teacher
- Mother: Beauty Consultant
- Siblings: Andrea Lilly (Younger Sister)
- Spouse: Murray Hone (m. 2003–2004)
- Children: Kahekili Kali
Evangeline Lilly Career Highlights:
- First Film: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
- First TV Show: Smallville (2001)
Evangeline Lilly Body Measurements:
Listed below are the actress Evangeline Lilly body measurements complete details like her height, weight, hip, bust, waist, dress, shoe and bra cup size.
- Height: 5′ 6″ (167 cm)
- Weight: 55 kg (121 pounds)
- Bra Size: 34B
- Cup Size: B
- Shoe Size: 8 (US)
- Dress Size: 4 (US)
- Body Measurements: 36-23-32
Evangeline Lilly Interesting Facts:
- She is fluent in French.
- Her nicknames are Monkey and Evi.
- Evangeline used to take raw food as her diet.
- During travel, Lilly always prefers to carry a Bible with her.
- Prior to gaining success as actress, Evangeline had worked as waitress, model and flight attendant in past.
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