Phil Collins’s girl: Dad didn’t help my career
Actress Lily Collins boasts that she has made her own way in her acting career — without any help at all from her famous father, Genesis drummer and singersongwriter Phil Collins.
‘He’s really supportive of my career but he’s never helped me with it,’ Lily, 28, is keen to reveal.
‘He never made a call to anyone — not a producer, director, a casting agent, an agent — to say “Meet my daughter”.
‘I never asked him to because I didn’t want to get an audition because I was “the daughter of”. and I never did and I’m very proud of that.”
Meanwhile, she adds: ‘I don’t see him as “Phil Collins”, I just see him as Dad and I’m a proud daughter. there are so many things about him that aren’t talked about, things he’s interested in — hobbies and pastimes — he’s amazing.
‘He’s one of the world’s experts on the [Battle of] alamo.’
Despite her protestations about making it on her own, Lily — Phil’s daughter with his second wife, american actress Jill tavelman — in fact started her acting career when she was just two years old, in the BBC drama series Growing Pains. Lily played the part of little abigail in a foster home. no doubt she got that audition all on her own merits.