Lily Collins graces the front cover of the March issue of Nylon magazine looking stylish in a top and dress by H&M. The 22-year-old actress talks about growing up having Phil Collins as a dad and landing the role in the upcoming Snow White fairytale, Mirror Mirror.
She says of the Mirror Mirror audition, “I just had this gut feeling that I needed to try one more thing because I wanted it so badly… so I went back in and I knocked on the door, and they let me [audition] again. I’m persistent but not in an annoying way. I’m really determined, and I want to try my best, and once I’ve known I’ve done all I can do, it’s totally fine.”
So what is it like having a famous father?
She explains, “Obviously, I grew up seeing the pros and cons of the business with my dad, but he was really passionate about what he does, and you can’t stop doing what you’re passionate about because someone is photographing you… A lot of people’s perception is that I don’t have to work my way to get in a room because someone’s always interested in the last name, but I always say that personality opens doors, but character keeps them open. Everyone can have something special to get them in, but once you’re in, it’s sort of like, “Okay, so?”
With a high profile movie coming out – Lily hopes her life won’t change too much.
“I have no idea what will happen after Mirror Mirror but I love that I can still do what I want to do on a weekend, like go to the flea market. I don’t ever want that to stop. I won’t want to suddenly have to sacrifice parts of myself, and I don’t feel like I am, knowing that people are going to be more interested in my personal life. I never did go out and party! I never did do the whole drinking, drugs…That wasn’t ever me and is never gonna be me.”
She adds, “I don’t reach for fame; I don’t want to acquire whatever ‘fame’ is. I just want to be able to continue doing what I love to do.”
Speaking about fashion – she reveals who she’s a fan of in the industry.
Lily says, “She’s [former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld] one of my heroes! She told me never to touch my eyebrows because they are what make me stand out. I love her work. It was so amazing just to talk to her; I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I love fashion. Love it.”