Lily Jane Collins is an actress and model who went from being just “Phil Collins’ daughter” to an actress in “The Blind Side,” “Abduction” and “Mirror Mirror.” She is set to appear in “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”
After her parents split up, Lily Collins moved with her mother to Los Angeles. Lily was five. While in LA, she performed at the Youth Academy for Dramatic Arts, but her passion was journalism. She wrote a column for the British magazine Elle Girl during her teens, and also contributed to Teen Vogue, Seventeen and the Los Angeles Times magazine. She eventually majored in Broadcast Journalism at USC, but dropped out when bigger acting roles came around.
Lily auditioned for the role of “Bella” in “Twilight,” but lost out to Kristen Stewart. Lily said about losing the part, “I think everything happens for a reason and everyone who gets the roles they get were meant to.”
MTV Networks NextMovie.com named her one of the “Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011.”
Lily said she never asked her dad for help. “I always wanted to do it on my own. I never wanted anyone making phones calls. A name can open doors, but there’s a quote I like: ‘Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.'”
She still thinks it’s odd that she’s meeting famous people on her own. “It’s just me in those rooms. And I’m like: ‘How do I fit in here?’”
Lily Collins considers her mother her mentor. “She guides me through my personal life, telling me to experiment.” Her mother also keeps her grounded. “She has always encouraged me to feel like being me is enough.”
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As to her career ascent, she said, “The thing is, I was never looking at a strategic way of gaining fame. That’s not why I’m doing this.”
Aside from acting, Lily collects antiques and anything vintage. “I love acting. I find it weird sometimes to say, “I’m an actor’ because I enjoy photography, I enjoy cooking…I do definitely feel lucky to be working as much as I am.”
She has been romantically linked to Twilight actor Jamie Campbell Bower.
Lily Collins resides in Los Angeles, CA.