To coincide with the release of South of Heaven, the new film from acclaimed filmmaker Aharon Keshales, we had the pleasure of chatting to star Evangeline Lilly about her role in it. And, honestly, she was one of the best interviews we’ve ever done in our many years.

Convicted felon Jimmy (Jason Sudeikis) gets early parole after serving twelve years for armed robbery. Upon his release, he vows to give his girlfriend Annie (Evangeline Lilly), who is dying of cancer, the best last year of her life. But things are never that simple, and when he is given a “side job” from his parole officer (Shea Whigham), it sets off a series of events that leaves Jimmy in the crosshairs of a local crime boss (Mike Colter). Now, he must stop at nothing to save Annie and fight for whatever time they have left.

Lilly spoke to us about the lure of the film, why its strange yet dynamic tone in both narrative and character was so appealing for her, working with Jason Sudeikis and his choice to go “method” for the role in the film which came mere weeks after wrapping Ted Lasso’s first season and why her character, Annie, is such a ray of sunshine.

We also, of course, tried out best to get secrets out of her about Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, Bill Murray’s reported involvement, and the bittersweet feeling around what might be her final outing as Hope Van Dyne.

You can watch the full extended interview below:

South of Heaven is available on digital download in the UK from January 24th.