LILY IS IN BLOOM
Love, Rosie star Lily Collins (and Phil Collins’s daughter), 25, chats about baking, what it’s like living in the spotlight and being “just friends”
I didn’t expect you to speak with an American accent. In your new movie, Love, Rosie, you sound perfectly English.
I was born in Sussex, England, so when I was five I had a British accent. And can I tell you something strange? When I had to speak with a British accent for the film, I felt so much more ‘me’ than I ever do speaking with my normal American accent. It was weird.
The movie is about a pair of best friends who are secretly in love with each other. It taps into the question of whether boys and girls can be platonic friends. What do you think?
I’ve thought about this a little. When you’re attracted to someone as a friend, you’re attracted for multiple reasons that far exceed sexuality. Sometimes that love and affection can get confusing. You wonder, “Am I attracted to this person because I want to be with them, or is it because I just really like hanging out with them?” You have to try to decipher where those feelings are coming from.
Does that get more complicated in Hollywood?
Super-complicated. I can go out for lunch with a girlfriend and the press will say, “Lily goes to lunch with a friend.” If it’s with a boy, it’s, like, rumour mill! And for me, I feel like saying, “Wait a second guys, are you saying that guys and girls can’t be friends? Because I’m pretty sure we can be!”
What about when you’re in a romantic relationship?
It’s never not going to be odd, being with someone you love and being followed and having your picture taken. I find honesty is key. So long as you’re on the same page and are open about what a weird and unnatural situation it is, you can just face the weirdness and go, “OK, whatever.”
How does your dad (singer Phil Collins) feel about your success?
Up until recently, he was mainly living in Switzerland so he wasn’t exposed to the media frenzy every day. I would send him things and I think he’s been surprised how quickly it began happening. So am I! I guess he’s just like any dad, bragging about his kids.
What about when you’re not working? What’s your life like then?
It’s pretty normal. Well, there’s nothing normal about being followed by photographers! But otherwise, I go to exercise group classes with my friends, the movies, and for coffee, and dinners. Mostly I like baking and going to vintage shops.
Love, Rosie opens today.
Lily Collins in a scene from the movie