Lily Collins is still able to enjoy relative peace and quiet as she sips mint tea in a West Hollywood hotel café. This over-40 business lunch crowd is preoccupied with deals and salads, but if the place were more populated by young social-media savants, she’d be discreetly (or not) snapped and tagged to no end. To her 5.6-million-and-counting Instagram followers, she’s a glamorous but still candid ingénue, supplying a steady stream of coy selfies highlighting her distinctive ink-black eyebrows.
This March Collins’s fans will get an even more intimate look at her life when she publishes Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, a collection of personal essays inspired by the confessional stories her Instagram community has shared with her. Encouraged by their bravery, Collins, 27, says she showed a “side of myself that was completely raw” in Unfiltered, hence the title. “I can feel a bit freer because I’m not holding as much in.”
In the film world, where she’s been making great strides since débuting as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side seven years ago, Collins is still on the rise. Growing up adjacent to the spotlight as the daughter of ’80s pop icon Phil Collins, she understands that she’s one of many starlets in a race to the top. She’s inching ever closer: Her turn as a ’50s pageant queen in Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply snagged her a Golden Globe nomination. Emma Stone (La La Land) took home the award, but Collins won the Instagram battle: The red-carpet video of her spinning in a pink Zuhair Murad gown garnered more than a million views in 24 hours.
Despite Collins’s very-now brand of social-media fame, her appearance is utterly throwback. Her petite frame swimming in a cozy black sweater, Collins conjures images of Audrey Hepburn, whose boyish femininity and sharp wit “changed a lot of people’s perspectives about what it was to be a woman at that time,” she says. Collins isn’t surprised she’s been tapped for homages to Old Hollywood, including the upcoming Amazon series The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1941 novel.
“I’ve always been fascinated with old movie stars and the history of the place that I live in,” Collins says, sweetening her tea with her own bottle of Stevia. “I really love the romanticism and the mystery surrounding the period.”
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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.
Looking fabulous without any make up, Lily is featured in People Magazine’s 2012 World’s Most Beautiful Woman. The issue will hit newsstand this Friday! Be sure to check the full outtake out in our gallery as Lily looks utterly stunning! The behind the scenes video of the photoshoot can be watched right here.
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With her ethereal good looks, singer Phil Collins’s daughter was the obvious choice to play Snow White in Mirror Mirror, opposite Julia Roberts. But the budding actress, 23, didn’t always appreciate her unique features. “It used to bother me – having bigger, fuller brows,” she told Seventeen. “Now I embrace them. I’ve realized the quirky things that make you different are what make you beautiful.”
Make sure to watch the video under the cut!
Lily Collins thought she was the victim of a prank when she was offered the lead role in ‘Mirror, Mirror’.
The 22-year-old actress admits she was initially ”angry” when she received a call asking her to play Princess Snow White – the biggest part she has ever had – because she was convinced it was a joke being played at her expense, and became overwhelmed with emotion when she realized the offer was genuine.
She said: ”It was April Fool’s Day, so when I got the phone call I thought someone was playing a prank on me.
”I was quite angry and thought, ‘If this is someone’s idea of a joke, it’s not funny.’ But then, when I realized it was true, I burst into tears and started screaming. It’s the role of a lifetime.”
Lily – who is the daughter of musician Phil Collins and his second wife Jill Tavelman – has always wanted to be an actress but felt it was important to complete her education before embarking on her chosen career path.
She told Hello! magazine: ”I could have started earlier than I did but I wanted to wait until I’d finished high school because I wanted to be ready, mentally and emotionally, to take on the rejection side of this business.
”You get told ‘no’ so many times that if you are the sort of person who takes ‘no’ as a deterrent, then maybe this isn’t the right profession to be in.
”I’ve always been driven, which I think is something I’ve inherited from both my parents and I wanted to put off my career until I felt ready to face all the nos.”
WWW.COLLIDER.COM: Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead has lost its star. While things looked to be moving quickly, Variety’s Jeff Sneider now reports that Lily Collins has had to withdraw from the project due to scheduling issues. The only other project on her slate (that we know of) is the adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, so it’s possible that the shooting schedule for that film is the culprit. Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell are all producing the update based on Raimi’s 1981 horror film, and they hand-selected Alvarez to direct. Plot details are still scarce at this point, but Diablo Cody (who did some rewrite work on the script) described the project as “unbelievably violent.”
The lead in the remake will undoubtedly be a coveted role, so it’ll be interesting to see who steps in to replace Collins. The Abduction actress will next be seen in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White pic Mirror Mirror. The Evil Dead is slated for April 12th, 2013.
Lionsgate is set to release Taylor Lautner’s Abduction to Video on Demand for two weeks (December 22 through January 4) this holiday season before the film makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray on January 17th.
The film will be available in all cable and digital Video on Demand and Pay Per View platforms.
Directed by John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious) and written by Shawn Christensen, the thriller also stars Lily Collins (upcoming Mirror, Mirror), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter series), Maria Bello (TV’s “Prime Suspect”) and Sigourney Weaver (Avatar).
The film is a fast-paced ride as Nathan (Lautner) searches for the truth about his identity. For as long as he can remember, Nathan has had an unsettling feeling about his life. His feeling is confirmed when he stumbles upon a photograph of him as a child on a missing persons website. Just as he begins to uncover the truth about his identity, he finds himself having to run for his life.
Blu-ray and DVD special features include:
“Abduction Chronicle” – On-Camera Production Journal with Taylor Lautner
“Initiation of an Action Hero: Taylor’s Amazing Stunts” featurette
“The Fight For The Truth: Making Abduction” featurette
“Pulled Punches” Gag Reel
Abduction Application: Blu-ray Enhanced Viewing Mode – An in-depth original and personal look at the film with the cast and crew (Blu-ray Exclusive Feature)
Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken has been hired to compose the score for Relativity Media’s Mirror Mirror. Here’s what the composer had to say about the scoring process.
“Despite my love of musicals, of both the stage and film variety, my most intense composing experience actually comes from scoring a movie. The contained period of time when I spend my days and nights living within every fraction of a second of a motion picture is an exquisite combination of being totally at the service of a director’s vision and yet in a powerful position to influence and interpret the meaning of the film.”
Alan Menken has also won Oscars for Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Pocahontas.
Tarsem Singh directs Mirror Mirror from a script by Melisa Wallack.
Mirror Mirror comes to theaters March 16th, 2012 and stars Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Lily Collins, Nathan Lane, Robert Emms, Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice, Danny Woodburn. The film is directed by Tarsem Singh.