Thoroughly Modern Lily
Don’t confuse Lily Collins with the period heroines she often plays in movies, the Rules Don’t Apply star is very much a contemporary woman
As Lily Collins slinks back into a deep brown leather sofa after the photo shoot she just completed, a beam of light catches a speck of glitter that remains in her eyelashes, creating an illusion of glamorous tears about to stream down her dewy cheeks. But if there’s any young woman with little reason to weep, it’s the 27-year-old actress who won the coveted lead role in Warren Beatty’s romantic drama Rules Don’t Apply, which could propel her to next level stardom when it opens November 23.
After all, as the daughter of British pop star Phil Collins and American antiques dealer Jill Tavelman, she had a rather privileged upbringing, spending her formative years in England before moving to Los Angeles at age five. She was presented as a debutante in Paris in 2007. As a broadcast journalism major at University of Southern California, she was recruited by Nickelodeon to report on the 2008 presidential election. She’s appeared in a string of popular films, including The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror, in which she made a picture-perfect Snow White. Her photogenic face landed her both a modeling career and a deal as ambassador for Lancôme cosmetics. Her lively social media accounts have millions of followers.
Despite all the spoils of her stardom, Collins did find ways to connect to herRules character Marla Mabrey, a naive and virtuous beauty pageant winner invited to Hollywood in 1958 for a screen test by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. “She’s very open with her emotions and frustrations and how she feels about her insecurities,” Collins says. “I think her strength and tenacity is something that I could relate to.”
She goes on to divulge that, although she has been performing since she was two, she waited until she had developed enough confidence to accept the rejection that inevitably comes with auditioning before pursuing a film career. “I knew, just like Marla, that it was what I wanted. I knew it would happen at some point, but I had to be patient,” she shares. When that time came, however, the offers soon followed: almost immediately, she was cast in the 2009 Oscar-winning The Blind Side.
It undoubtedly helps that Collins’ ethereal good looks recall Hollywood beauties of yesteryear, like Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood (who famously co-starred with and romanced Beatty). Surely, the resemblance didn’t go unnoticed by her director.
“He did say that I reminded him of Natalie,” she admits demurely, adding that this was something she actually wrote in her journal while making the film. “I couldn’t believe he said that. It’s such a huge compliment. To be in the same sentence as any of those women I greatly admire is a huge compliment.”
The young actress was equally impressed with the 79-year-old Beatty, although he hadn’t made a film in 15 years. “One of my dad’s favorite films is Heaven Can Wait,” she remembers before noting that her mother unknowingly helped her research the time period at a young age. “My mom raised me watching a lot of classic films and knowing the history of L.A. and old Hollywood.”
Rules is a labor of love for Beatty, who has worked on the project sporadically since the 1970s. Collins discloses there was never a formal audition for her role. There were, however, months of meetings with Beatty, his wife Annette Bening (who plays Marla’s stern mother) and eventually costar Alden Ehrenreich, who’d already been cast as her character’s love interest.
Of Ehrenreich, who himself is on the fast track to superstardom thanks to his being cast as young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars prequel, Collins says their chemistry came naturally and instantly. “He has such a depth to him and at the same time he can be so lighthearted,” she reveals. “I got really lucky.”
She is already aware of how the nature of her work can compromise her anonymity. Collins recalls walking through an airport recently and seeing her face staring back at her from the huge Lancôme ads. “It’s very surreal,” she remarks, but she appreciates that the campaign represents a positive image for young women. “It’s about internal happiness and beauty and feeling good about yourself.”
Helping young girls to feel comfortable with themselves has also led Collins to work as an ambassador for Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization. “I’ve always been a huge advocate of teens helping teens and speaking out on self confidence and body issues,” she states firmly. “I’m such a strong believer in open communication with young people to promote the idea that you are not alone in what you go through. I go through the same things you go through, even though you might not believe it. I’ve had my fair share of experiences and insecurities.”
Collins chooses characters that will expose new facets of herself. “I want to know that I’m going to be challenged and a little bit terrified and I’m going to be doing something I haven’t done before.”
With several other films already completed (including the thriller Okja, which costars Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton), she’ll soon begin work opposite Matt Bomer on the Amazon series adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel The Last Tycoon, set in 1930s Hollywood. Although she’ll play yet another period heroine, she’s particularly excited about not knowing how the continuation of Fitzgerald’s story will unfold. “It interested me because I don’t really know my future, which is kind of fun,” she says of her character. Words that surely apply to Collins’s own life, too.
Lily Collins Joins New Anthony Lucero Movie Based On ‘The Clown’
EXCLUSIVE: Lily Collins has joined the cast of Anthony Lucero’s next movie, which is based on his long poem The Clown. Set against the backdrop of a small traveling circus, the pic centers on a European clown and his 5-year-old daughter as they lead each other through the everyday mysteries of love, magic and loss.
Pål Sverre Hagen, Holliday Grainger, Keti Mchedishvili, János Derzsi, Harry Treadaway, Stacy Martin, Nikola Djuricko, Nutsa Kukhianidze and Jean-Marc Barr co-star in the pic, which is shooting in Tbilisi, Georgia, with Thor Halvorssen and Lucero producing and Terrence Malick and Ilene Feldman executive producing.
Collins, whose credits include the Snow White tale Mirror Mirror, is next up on the big screen starring in Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, which will bow as the opening-night film at AFI Fest. She also is starring in To the Bone, the dark comedy about anorexia that marks feature directorial debut of TV writer Marti Noxon.
Collins stars opposite Matt Bomer in The Last Tycoon, the Amazon drama series based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel that was recently picked up to series.
She is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
They may be fresh on the scene, but the latest batch of Hollywood up-and-comers has a retro edge clearly on display in this time-traveling style portfolio.
HOMETOWN: Guildford, England.
OVERUSED EMOJI: The “vintage” smiley face 🙂
BIG BREAK: The Blind Side.
STYLE ICON: Audrey Hepburn.
PRIZED POSSESSION: One of Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy hats.
KARAOKE NUMBER: The Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”
GUILTY PLEASURE: Real Housewives.
NIGHTSTAND READING: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.
IRRATIONAL FEAR: Sharks—“even in a swimming pool.”
OVERUSED EMOJI: The “vintage” smiley face 🙂
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL: Night owl.
WORDS TO LIVE BY:“The quirky things that make you different are what make you beautiful.” ROLE MODEL: “My mom.”
UP NEXT: Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply.
Photograph by Tom Munro. Styled by Jessica Diehl.
You might know your cropped flares from your bomber jackets, but do you know your cheaters from your ground gabbers? If the latter terms don’t sound familiar, we don’t blame you: They’re actually fashion slang used in the ’30s. (Cheaters are sunglasses, and ground grabbers are shoes, by the way.)
To help transport us to that bygone era, we couldn’t think of anyone better than the lovely Lily Collins. We enlisted her help to give you a rundown of the time period’s best slang—and show off plenty of sumptuous fashion inspired by the decade, of course. So why is she especially fitting? She stars in Amazon’s new show The Last Tycoon, which takes place in 1930s Hollywood and features amazing retro clothes and accessories. We chatted with Collins to get the scoop on her character, her favorite wardrobe moments from the show, and more.
Scroll down to learn about Jazz Age slang with Lily Collins and read our interview with the actress!
Lily and the cast and crew of To the Bone filmed a public service announcement to raise awareness in honor of World Eating Disorders Action Day.
Adoring Lily Collins has a new domain! You can now find us at Lily-Collins.net. The new site URL is a better fit for our original site name 🙂
Lily attended the 2016 Costume Institute Gala and she looked beautiful! The event was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (May 02). This years theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.
Appearances > Appearances from 2016 > May 02: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” Costume Institute Gala
Lily Collins to Join Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s Monster Movie ‘Okja’ (Exclusive)
One day after signing on to star in Marti Noxon‘s dark comedy “To the Bone,” Lily Collins has landed one of the lead roles alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s “Okja,” a monster movie from “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Tilda Swinton and Kelly Macdonald are slated to co-star in the film, which will be co-produced by Netflix, Lewis Pictures and Brad Pitt‘s company Plan B Entertainment. Bill Nighy has fallen out of the project, according to insiders, while Paul Dano‘s involvement remains up in the air and will ultimately depend on his schedule.
Netflix did not respond to multiple requests for comment regarding “Okja,” while Dano’s representatives did not respond either.
While plot details remain vague, director Bong has said the title refers to a bulky animal with a mild and kind spirit who strikes up a warm friendship with a young Korean girl. Together, they set out on a bizarre journey through a crazy world.
Collins will play an anarchist named Red who’s the only female member of the higher-ranked ALF members.
“Okja” is one of the first Asian films to be backed by Netflix, which is in the process of expanding throughout the continent, including South Korea. Production is slated to start in the coming months in both Korea and the U.S., and the film could receive a theatrical release in the first half of 2017.
While “Okja” will require a larger budget than “Snowpiercer,” which was made on a reported budget of $40 million, director Bong’s arrangement with Netflix gives him complete creative freedom. The South Korean filmmaker’s previous movies include the serial killer procedural “Memories of Murder,” the crime drama “Mother” and the critically acclaimed monster movie “The Host.”
Best known for her starring roles in “Mirror Mirror” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” Collins will soon be seen opposite Alden Ehrenreich in Warren Beatty‘s untitled Howard Hughes movie. She’s also set to star alongside Matt Bomer in Amazon’s drama pilot “The Last Tycoon,” based on F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s unfinished final novel.
Collins is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.
Lily Collins To Star In Marti Noxon’s Dark Anorexia Comedy ‘To The Bone’
EXCLUSIVE: Lily Collins has been set to star in To the Bone, the feature directorial debut of TV writer Marti Noxon. Noxon also wrote the dark comedy, which is inspired by her own experiences with anorexia. Principal photography kicks off at month’s end in Los Angeles.
Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures (Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert and Albert Nobbs) are producing with Karina Miller, who also is financing through Sparkhouse Media, the newly launched production and finance company she heads with husband Talal AlAbbar. To the Bone is that outfit’s first project on a slate aiming to produce three to five films a year with budgets up to $30M.
Collins, whose credits include the Snow White tale Mirror Mirror and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, is next up on the big screen in the untitled Warren Beatty movie. She also recently landed the young female lead opposite Matt Bomer in The Last Tycoon, Amazon’s drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel.
“Lily is a rare bird. She’s got a depth of feeling and heart that immediately won me over,” said Noxon, who co-created Lifetime’s UnReal and created Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce at Bravo. “I feel blessed to be working with a young woman with such talent, beauty and brains.”
Said Collins: “I’m incredibly honored to be part of such a powerful story of love, self-doubt, and the courage it takes to fight for survival. I believe this film has the potential to shine a light on something that’s becoming more prevalent within our society every day and let those suffering know they’re not alone.”
Noxon, whose TV credits also include Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mad Men, on the film side wrote I Am Number Four and Fright Night and recently adapted the Gillian Flynn bestseller Sharp Objects with Amy Adams attached.
Collins is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Sloane Offer. Noxon is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.