Film helped Lily Collins face her eat­ing disor­ders

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LILY Collins says her strug­gle with an eat­ing dis­or­der was an “en­tire phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence” which she feels is im­por­tant to tell in film.

The 27-year-old ac­tress stars as a woman named Ellen, who is bat­tling an eat­ing dis­or­der, in the up­com­ing drama film To The Bone, and has opened up about her strained re­la­tion­ship with food and body im­age, dub­bing it as emo­tional, but an “im­por­tant story”.

She said: “It was an en­tire phys­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. But I was sup­ported, and it’s a re­ally im­por­tant story to tell.”

Collins says the movie, which pre­miered at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val over the week­end, tack­les the sub­ject in a way that makes her proud.

She told En­ter­tain­ment Tonight: “It’s a topic that’s taboo with young girls, and it’s re­ally im­por­tant to tell a story with this sub­ject in the way that we tell it.”

Mean­while, The Mor­tal In­stru­ments ac­tress, who’s the daugh­ter of mu­sic leg­end Phil Collins, re­cently said the role had helped her to face her fear of eat­ing disor­ders.

“This was a more dra­matic role for me. I suf­fered with eat­ing disor­ders when I was a teenager.

“I wrote a book last year, and I wrote my chap­ter on my ex­pe­ri­ences a week be­fore I got the script.

“It was like the uni­verse putting these things in my sphere to help me face, kind of dead on, a fear I used to have.

“It did re­quire a dif­fer­ent set of emo­tional skills, to go back in time.” – Bang Me­dia

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