Evelyn Carnahan is one of the smartest, bravest and greatest female characters to ever grace the screen. She definitely was one of those characters that influenced me as a child, I first saw The Mummy when it was on TV a few years after its release so I think I was about ten when I first watched it and since then I’ve pretty much rewatched it every year.
Evelyn is a librarian with a focus on Egyptian mythology but she isn’t always granted the opportunities in life and her boss thinks she’s sometimes a bit useless. But when she gets the chance to find the lost city of Hamunaptra and prove everyone she takes it. Her actions may have caused the end of the world but that doesn’t stop her trying to put it right. She fights mummys, translates ancient Egyptian and she goes on to not just be the damsel that needs saving but also saves herself and her friends. Evelyn is so great because she’s so enthusiastic and passionate about the stuff she believes in, stuff that some people mock her for but she never lets it get her down.
In the second film Evelyn is now married and has a son but that doesn’t stop her being an explorer and discovering old and quite possibly dangerous treasures. Another great thing about Evelyn is that she is protective of the ones she loves and can handle herself in a fight but she never loses her femininity.
Evelyn is such an important character to me that I’ve already said that if I end up having a daughter in the future I want to name her Evelyn. Fun fact: one of my grandfather’s sisters was called Evelyn so at least there is a family connection as well.
Also The Mummy is a spectacular film and I’ll hear nothing said against it. The second one’s pretty great too. And there’s no third film.