They say "you live and you learn" and that's exactly what Evangeline Lilly has done. 

On Thursday, the "Ant-Man" actress issued an apology for the "dismissive" comments she made 10 days prior regarding the steps that the government is taking to help fight the novel coronavirus.  

"I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th – when social distancing was instituted in the small community where I am currently living," Lilly began.

"At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we not congregate in groups of more than 250ppl and that we wash our hands regularly, which we were doing," she explained.

Two days later, her community took on stricter guidelines and although Lilly expressed her "intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions," she realized that her previous statements lacked empathy.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hello everyone. I am writing you from my home where I have been social distancing since Mar 18th – when social distancing was instituted in the small community where I am currently living. At the time of my Mar 16th post, the directives from the authorities here were that we not congregate in groups of more than 250ppl and that we wash our hands regularly, which we were doing. Two days later, those directives changed and, despite my intense trepidation over the socioeconomic and political repercussions of this course of action, PLEASE KNOW I AM DOING MY PART TO FLATTEN THE CURVE, PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME WITH MY FAMILY. I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19. Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message. My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation. I am grieved by the ongoing loss of life, and the impossible decisions medical workers around the world must make as they treat those affected. I am concerned for our communities – small businesses and families living paycheck-to-paycheck – and I am trying to follow responsible recommendations for how to help. Like many of you, I fear for the political aftermath of this pandemic, and I am praying for us all. At the same time, I am heartened by the beauty and humanity I see so many people demonstrating toward one another in this vulnerable time. When I was grappling with my own fears over social distancing, one kind, wise and gracious person said to me “do it out of love, not fear” and it helped me to realize my place in all of this. Sending love to all of you, even if you can’t return it right now. EL

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"I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19," her caption continued. "...the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message... When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation."

Lilly ended the apology on a positive note, acknowledging the beauty in seeing humanity rally together during this "vulnerable time" and sending well wishes. 

"Sending love to all of you," she wrote. "Even if you can’t return it right now."

This apology from the 40-year-old Canadian actress is a complete 180 from what she posted less than two weeks prior. At that time, despite the call for social distancing, she claimed life was business as usual and advised others to simply be "vigilant".

"Where we are right now feels a lot too close to Marshall Law [sic] for my comfort already, all in the name of a respiratory flu," Lilly wrote in the comments of her March 16 Instagram post.

"It’s unnerving. Let’s be vigilant right now. And kind. Watchful and gracious — keeping a close eye on our leaders, making sure they don’t abuse this moment to steal away more freedoms and grab more power," she shared in another comment.

Evangeline Lilly "Ant-Man" actress Evangeline Lilly shows off her baby bump at the red carpet premiere for the Marvel movie in Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters