Lily Collins Against All Odds
Boasting her father’s looks including those big eyebrows and almond eyes, Lily Collins would have found it easy cashing in on the legend that is her father Phil Collins of Genesis fame. However, while she certainly had a taste for fame early, starring in her first TV series when just two-years-old, Lily witnessed how destructive fame can be with demise of her parent’s relationship – Phil divorced her mum, Jill Tavelmen after 12 years, blaming his hectic work schedule.
So, avoiding the spotlight, Lily studied at Harvard and the University of Southern California, majoring in broadcast journalism. She has written for many great international titles, including Elle Girl and Teen Vogue, and has also graced many covers as a model too – it seemed while she may have wanted to escape stardom, fame found her.
With Lily eventually giving in to her acting bug she has three-major movies in the pipeline – including the highly anticipated Snow white and soon-to-be-released Abduction alongside her rumoured boyfriend Taylor Launter, it seems, against all odds, Lily has found her true calling – she was always meant to be a star.
“It’s all so new,” she admits, revealing how she is still not used to being in the limelight. “I’m finding out as I go along. I’m still growing. I think as an actor you learn more all the time and you can never fully say that you have reached your potential.”
The 22-year-old’s breakthrough role was in Blindside alongside Sandra Bullock. Abduction, however, also sees her starring alongside award-winning actors including Taylor and Sigourney Weaver.
“It was a completely different genre for me, an action thriller, very Bourne Ultimatum-esque,” she reveals. “Working with John Singleton, who is an incredible director, so enthusiastic and energetic, was amazing. Taylor, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs - Oscar-nominated actors! To be surrounded by them, to learn from them was amazing. That was working almost everyday, high action, high energy. I’m very excited for everyone to see it.”
While she’s very enthusiastic about her movie, Lily turns coy when question about Taylor and those abs.
“He’s a great guy,” she reluctantly admitted. “He’s a very funny, down-to-earth young man.”
When questioned about his famous abs she is quick to defend her rumoured lover, insisting he is also a great actor –“This movie is not about that aspect of him… he brings so much more than that. People are going to be blown away.”
Adding, “I was blown away. People know him from Twilight and see him as Jacob, but Jacob is not in this movie. I’ve heard him be compared to Tom Cruise – which is cool.”
“He’s such a gentleman and he’s so passionate about work,” explained a conservative Lily. “And I’m really proud of what we made, and I’m really proud for people to see him in a role that he hasn’t shown before and a side that they haven’t seen.”
In the trailer for the movie, Taylor and Lily share a very passionate clinch – one that will no doubt be nominated for Best Kiss at the MTV awards. She says of the moment that set tongues wagging about their relationship, “It was a crazy, funny scene to shoot, and Taylor made everything very comfortable. We’ll see what people say. The trailer shows only a minor part of it.”
While Lily waxes lyrical about Taylor she is equally as sycophantic about her The Brothers Grimm: Snow White co-star Julia Roberts. “She’s playing evil in a way that I don’t think people are going to expect,” said the actress, who plays Snow White. “Everyone loves that Julia smile and laugh and she maintains that, but in such this creepy eerie way that you don’t know if you love her or hate her. She’s brilliant and it’s been an honuor. She’s so nice, she’s so classy, she’s just everything I had hoped she’d be.”
Second to acting, fashion is another passion for Lily. While she may have adopted her father’s look, she defifntiely boast she mum’s style.
She explains, “I grew up with my mum wearing Vivienne Westwood and Yohji Yamamoto and mixing in all this really crazy vintage stuff. She would take me round car boot sales in my stroller, and would wear vintage on the red carpets, rocking it out. That’s where I got my fashion confidence.”
With her success seeing her bank account get healthier, Lily admits she’s spending her well-earned money on fashion.
“With more expensive pieces I want to feel like I’ve earned them,” she explained. “I will take forever to decide if I want something, because I want to make sure it’s timeless.”
Preferring not to follow fads the star admits she likes to stick to classic pieces as well as her favourite boots and scarves – “I’m into big sweaters and cool combat boots. I love having that masculine, edgy touch but being flirty and fun at the same time.”
“I go antique-shopping in the flea market and I travel with my mum. We’ve been to a few countries including India and Egypt.”
While she has to attributes her “edgy” and “vintage” style to her rock’n’roll dad, when it comes to music she favours more modern sounds, revealing, “Ive recently go into Passion Pit, they are like alternative dance. I love Lady Gaga, but love all different kinds of stuff. I love the Script Too.”
Though that’s not to say she wasn’t a Genesis fan – “I do like the Genesis music, but it’s probably not something I would just turn on and chill out to. Some of it’s on my iPod, and I’ll listen occasionally, but I just didn’t grow up with it. It was before my time!”