The appealing ingenue
Actress Lily Collins is the face of a new energy-infused luxury skincare line.
WHEN you’re a rock star’s child, your life is privileged but it comes with high expectations.
It also comes with the pressures of growing up under the spotlight.
The daughter of British rock star Phil Collins and his second- wife American Jill Tavelman, 27- year- old Lily Collins knew exactly what she wanted to do from a young age.
Recognisable by her signature heavy brows and stunning hazel eyes, the British-American actress didn’t always appreciate her brows and told Seventeen magazine, “It used to bother me – having bigger, fuller brows. Now I embrace them. I’ve realised the quirky things that make you different are what make you beautiful.”
Collins - whose looks has been compared to film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn - has three million followers on Instagram and her trademark, the eyebrows, have their own twitter account!
“In today’s world and especially in the industry I’m in, it’s so important not to take yourself too seriously and I hope my Instagram posts reflect that. I share intimate moments and thoughts to promote conversation and to include those who follow me,” says Collins in an exclusive interview with Star2.
She adds that she “loves interacting with these young women and constantly find myself so inspired by their stories and positivity.”
Collins is known for her role as Snow White in Mirror Mirror in 2012, an adaptation of the fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, co- starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. She starred as Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a 2013 film adaptation of the first book in The New York Times best- selling The Mortal Instruments novels, written by Cassandra Clare.
Currently, Collins plays Cecelia Brady in TV drama The Last Tycoon, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book The Love Of The Last Tycoon, which was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg.
The book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr is loosely based on Thalberg, who goes against his mentor and head of studio, Pat Brady. Collins plays Brady’s young daughter who is in love with Monroe.
“I absolutely love what I do and have always been focused on attaining my goals that I never really saw temptations around me,” Collins says.
“I knew where I wanted to go at such a young age and felt very supported and believed in. We all have one life and I don’t want to waste any of it doing something I don’t believe in or don’t truly enjoy.”
When working, she is up at 4am to drive to the set for hair and make- up, and gets home very late.
“When I have some time off, I love staying active so after a quick bite to eat I’ll either go for a run, hike or attend a fun exercise class. Then I may spend the day reading a script or having a meeting, and then lunch or dinner and a movie with friends,” she says.
Collins says she owes a lot to her mum who always encouraged her to go after what she wants and to believe in herself, and for keeping her true to herself and honest.
She has been the face for French luxury beauty brand Lancome since 2013 and brings a renewed sense of youthfulness to the brand.
That youth and appeal to generation Y is exactly what the brand is tapping on for their newest skincare, Energie de Vie – a range that provides an antioxidant energising shot of hydration.
Why would young people need energy infused skincare? According to a Lancome study in December 2015 conducted with YouGov on 3,000 French, Chinese and American women aged 25 to 35, half of the women state that they are tired on a daily basis.
While 59% attribute it to a lack of sleep, 38% admit it as more to do with multitasking
Lily Collins can do sultry, especially in an elegant red dress and incredible smokey eye make- up.