Category: Interviews

Lily for W’s TV Portfolio

Lily Collins Sees Baking as a Form of Therapy

W MAGAZINE – The Emily in Paris star rises to the gluten-free, vegan dessert challenge.
For W’s second annual TV Portfolio, we asked 26 of the most sought-after names in television to pay homage to their favorite small-screen characters by stepping into their shoes.

“I’m playing the most American character I’ve ever played,” says Lily Collins, the star of Netflix’s hit comedy Emily in Paris. “I’ve never felt more American, but in my real life, I feel very British. And yet I felt so disconnected from my European side, having to be Emily.” Collins is speaking from Paris, where she has begun filming season 2 of the series—which is coming off of a recent Emmy nomination that left her and her costar Ashley Park in bits. “[We] were together on set in my apartment when she read her phone and said, ‘Were we? Are we? We were nominated for the Emmys!’ ” the actor recalls. “We didn’t know they were being announced, and then we just started screaming and had to yell, ‘Cut!’ ” Collins, who was born in Guildford, Surrey, in the English countryside, might star in a Paris-based show as an American girl, but her roots, she says, are firmly planted in the U.K. This is part of the reason she chose to honor The Great British Bake Off for W’s TV Portfolio, in which she embodies judge Prue Leith—also, because she herself loves to bake. “There are these specific chocolate chip cookies that I make, which I’ve been asked many times for the recipe,” she says of her signature dessert. “Eight years ago, I started Googling ideas, and at this point, it’s all just based on memory and sight.” We’d like to think she’d do well against Paul Hollywood’s judging eye.
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ContentMode Magazine

ContentMode Magazine

Lily was interviewed and photographed for ContentMode (Contents) magazine! Check out the photos below.


Interview by Allie King

CONTENTMODE“Art is healing.” Lily Collins has a history of prioritizing healing in both her writing and acting. Now, as the world struggles together, this has proved to be what we’ve all been wanting and needing. In hopes to escape from the reality of 2020, people are turning to their streaming services for comfort and solace. If this is you, you have probably had Lily Collins on your screen at least once this year. Collins, with a long list of iconic roles, has enriched our screens time and time again this year: First by allowing us to laugh with her role as Emily in “Emily in Paris,” and now by being the supportive sidekick we all need, as Rita Alexander, in “Mank.” Both are now streaming on Netflix.
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Lily for InStyle

Lily for InStyle

Lily was interviewed and photographed for InStyle.com! Check out the interview and beautiful photos below.

Lily in Los Angeles

Mank star Lily Collins opens up about her new film, celebrating her engagement at home, and what she thinks Emily Cooper would be doing in quarantine.

INSTYLE – This story, like many set in the never-ending stress dream that is 2020, begins with technical difficulties.

“I should be better at this point,” Lily Collins tells me when we finally manage to connect over Zoom. “I still find myself floundering,” she says, referring to the mechanics of our new normal: virtual interviews and FaceTime photoshoots, a once foreign vernacular that includes ring light settings and meeting room codes.

Despite the admitted at-home learning curve, Collins’s comfort with communication (of any form) is clear. Appearing on-screen in a pale pink sweater with shoulder cut-outs, her long brown hair parted down the middle and flowing unreservedly across her chest (the way the YouTube tutorial tells you it should — but it never does), she seems at-ease, eager even.
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The Sunday Times Style

The Sunday Times Style

Lily covered The Sunday Times Style for the October 11th issue! Check out the scans below.

Lily for The Laterals

The Laterals Magazine

Lily was photographed and interviewed for The Laterals magazine. Check out the photos and interview below!


Bright Night Of The Soul is how I’d characterize my lasting impression of Lily Collins. Sitting down for a conversation with an actress comes with a few days of preparation. There’s scheduling, there’s research to be done, and for me, it ends with the magic of somehow, after perusing countless interviews, and archived stories, of trying to pinpoint who my subject truly is outside of their big and small screen counterparts. The truth is, the celebrity interview is one of infinite outcomes. None of them lend themselves to predictability. Will they be reserved? Will she be giving? Who is she, really?

Read the full interview here!