Surface pressure (π)-area (A) isotherms were studied to analyze the interactions between a hydrophilic ionic liquid (IL) (ethyl(2-hydroxyethyl)dimethylammonium methanesulfonate) and a pure dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) film or a DPPC-cholesterol mixed film. When the hydrophilic IL was added to an underlayer solution, the isotherm shifted toward higher areas. Intriguingly, when the hydrophilic IL was added, the packing of the film materials became loose and the elastic modulus decreased, resulting in increased flexibility. This phenomenon was most evident under a cholesterol mole fraction of 0.2. This composition resembles that of cell membranes, which typically comprise phospholipids and cholesterol, suggesting that this hydrophilic IL may be able to interact significantly with biological membranes.