She explains, “I had the experience with Kristen where there were paparazzi waiting outside a restaurant and we were followed afterwards, and I do think it’s such a crazy job to follow someone in order to get a picture. I get how much pictures are worth, but that is just so bizarre to me.”
“I had something similar when I went to the doctor’s once. At that point I had only done two or three movies, but there were 15 people surrounding my car and I was freaking out. I found myself getting so stressed out that I had to force myself to put my seat belt on, because all I wanted to do was get out of there.”
She adds, “I don’t know how some people do it where they’re pursued on freeways, but I have to remember to stay calm because that’s when really dangerous situations come up.”
Collins – who is dating her Mortal Instruments co-star Jamie Campbell Bower – says she doesn’t need to publicly address anything.
She states, “I entered into this business knowing your private life can’t always remain private. I don’t feel the need to profess anything publicly or confirm something that in a normal situation you wouldn’t have to speak out about. If I’m out and I’m photographed with someone, then that is what it is. [Jamie and I] took that chance and… whatever. It is what it is.”
“People are cast because they have chemistry. You’re spending 24-hour days together and it’s intense… plus you really get to know the best and worst sides of people – the rawest sides of people,” explained Collins. “You’re perfect for the role because you have that connection with each other and sometimes that translates into more.
Being the daughter of musician Phil Collins – she never wanted to exploit that to get ahead in Hollywood.
“Nobody has ever made a phone call for me,” she claimed. “Weirdly, I enjoyed being knocked back at the beginning. Being told ‘no’ so many times made being told ‘yes’ that bit better.”
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on August 23.