Young star ge­n­e­sis of own cre­ation

Lily Collins’ fa­mous name didn’t help her fame, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

HAV­ING a fa­mous par­ent can get you a long way in Hol­ly­wood, but Lily Collins says her fa­ther hasn’t helped at all.

The pint-sized, Bri­tish-born 24-yearold means that in the nicest way.

The fact she has worked with Ju­lia Roberts and San­dra Bul­lock and is the star of the new ac­tion-ad­ven­ture­fan­tasy film fran­chise The Mor­tal In­stru­ments: City of Bones came down to her hard work and drive, not any con­nec­tions her fa­ther, Phil Collins, a seven-time Grammy win­ner with more than 150 mil­lion al­bum sales, may have had in Tin­sel­town.

‘‘At the end of the day, no one has ever made a phone call to get me in a door for an au­di­tion,’’ Collins says.

She was born in Sur­rey, Eng­land, but has spent most of her life in Los An­ge­les with her mother, Jill Tavel­man, who di­vorced Phil Collins in 1996 af­ter 12 years of mar­riage.

The UK tabloids claimed that he an­nounced the split via a fax – some­thing he de­nies.

Lily went to one of LA’s most pres­ti­gious schools, Har­vard-West­lake, and hangs with Hol­ly­wood’s new Brat Pack, with for­mer Dis­ney star Se­lena Gomez one of her best friends.

She was set for a me­dia ca­reer af­ter study­ing broad­cast jour­nal­ism at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia and writ­ing for teen mag­a­zines Elle Girl, Seventeen and Teen Vogue, plus host­ing Kids Pick the Pres­i­dent, a show on US TV net­work Nick­elodeon in the lead-up to the 2008 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. But Hol­ly­wood drew her in. In 2009 Collins was cast as the daugh­ter of Bul­lock’s char­ac­ter in The Blind Side and in 2011 as Snow White along­side Ju­lia Roberts in the fairy­tale re­boot Mir­ror Mir­ror.

The Mor­tal In­stru­ments: City of Bones is the first in what could be many films based on the pop­u­lar young adult books writ­ten by US author Cassandra Clare.

Set in New York in an un­der­world of vam­pires, were­wolves, war­locks, demons and an­gels, it has, not sur­pris­ingly, been com­pared to the Twi­light and Harry Pot­ter fran­chises.

Collins plays Clary Fray, a Brook­lyn teenager who dis­cov­ers she is not who she thinks she is af­ter wit­ness­ing a bru­tal mur­der at a gothic night­club.

Her mother (Lena Heady) goes miss­ing and she be­gins a quest in the un­der­world to find her.

Collins, a fan of the books long be­fore she was cast, says she re­lated to Fray’s re­la­tion­ship with her mother.

‘‘I’m re­ally close with my mum,’’ she says.

She also liked Fray’s strength and al­though there is ro­mance, ‘‘she’s not de­fined by the men in the story’’.

Clare came up with the idea for the Mor­tal In­stru­ments books in 2001 and had the first pub­lished in 2007.

She was in­volved in the cast­ing for the film and gave the thumbs-up to Collins.

‘‘Lily has a re­ally great blend of vul­ner­a­bil­ity and strength and like Clary, who is our pro­tag­o­nist, she is tiny,’’ Clare says.

‘‘Clary is very, very, very pe­tite. I write about her as a small girl and it is un­ex­pected she is such a good fighter, and Lily is both of those things.’’

The role in­volves plenty of ac­tion se­quences for Collins and she spent months pre­par­ing for them. But when she ar­rived on set, she dis­cov­ered one alarm­ing thing.

Her cos­tume for many of the ac­tion scenes in­volved wear­ing thigh-high boots with high heels.

‘‘We had re­hearsed all of the stunts for months, but never in cos­tume,’’ Collins says with a laugh.

Collins has been in a re­la­tion­ship with her Mor­tal In­stru­ments cast mate, English ac­tor Jamie Camp­bell Bower, but the two are ru­moured to have bro­ken up.

The Mor­tal In­stru­ments: City of Bones.

The Mor­tal In­stru­ments: City of Bones opens to­day.

Lena Headey (left) and Lily Collins in

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.