Published by Neide Published on November 22, 2020

Another publication that Lily graced the cover of was Backstage! On the November 19th issue, Lily speaks about becoming an actor, her career, and the upcoming movie Mank. You’ll find the article below, and photos have been added to our gallery.

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Lily Collins wants to tell a story. Noreally—that’s why she’s Zooming from her Los Angeles home on a mid-October day, talking about why she became an actor. “I have always loved telling stories, since I was a kid,” she reflects. And as the child of Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman, it’s only natural that she got bit by the performance bug. “I knew that, as an adult, I wanted to take people on that journey with me. It’s a form of escapism. There’s such a magic to those worlds that we create onscreen.”

She’s been creating that magic for the last 11 years, from her feature film debut in “The Blind Side” to worlds horrific, thrilling, fantastical, comedic, dramatic, and beyond. She’s escaped typecasting, instead disappearing into stories near and far, past and present, each one different from the last. Her two most recent projects are both for Netflix, but they continue the trend of falling on opposite ends of the genre spectrum.

Just before the industry took a pandemic-induced pause in 2020, Collins was jumping between France and Hollywood—first to lead Darren Star’s “Emily in Paris,” on which she plays a millennial marketing executive who becomes a fish out of water after she’s transferred to the City of Lights for work, and then opposite Gary Oldman in David Fincher’s “Mank,” which charts the Oscar-winning screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz’s co-writing of “Citizen Kane.”

“I love every genre, in a sense. I don’t want to ever say I’ll never do one, because an incredible filmmaker may put a bizarre, interesting twist on a genre that you never thought you’d associate with, and all of a sudden you’re going, ‘I couldn’t imagine not being a part of this,’ ” Collins says. “I want to feel like there’s something I’m going to learn about [myself] through a character, and then there’s something that people will be able to learn about themselves.”

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Hello Lilyians, as you’re aware – Lily has been this past week promoting David Fincher’s Mank, and one of the publications she spoke with was Byrdie. Gracing the Fall/Winter cover issue, we see Lily in a way we’d never seen before. Photos have been added to our gallery, and you can read the article below.

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On the surface, everything about my lunch date with Lily Collins appears normal. We’re dining in the outdoor restaurant of one of L.A.’s most storied hotels, frequented by Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, and famous for its ivy-lined walls, currently filtering in L.A.’s seasonless sunshine. But there has been nothing “normal” about the year of 2020, as the entire world grapples with a deadly virus, and the words “pandemic” and “contagion” spell out our reality (instead of an apocalyptic film featuring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow). This explains why Lily, dressed in a pewter Maje blazer and dark jeans, is palpably hesitant when the hostess leads us to our table in the center of the outdoor space, flocked in every direction by groups of chattering guests. Los Angeles has only recently eased its dining restrictions to allow for outdoor service, and thus, something as “normal” as an afternoon lunch interview carries with it the added weight of months of social distancing, optics, and the unease of safety protocol (are the tables really six feet apart, I wonder…).

“This is the first time I’ve eaten at a restaurant since quarantine started,” Lily whispers to me, eye wide as we sit down. She seems slightly shell-shocked, which is understandable since the beginning of quarantine was in March and we are now dining together at the tail-end of October. I flag down our hostess and request a quieter, more socially-distant table. Luckily, there happens to be one in another area of the restaurant, and as we sit down, Lily visibly relaxes with a sigh. “I’m sorry, it’s just that I haven’t been around this many people for so long,” she apologizes, swirling liquid Stevia into her hot black tea. “It was a lot.”

Published by Neide Published on November 15, 2020

Lily is on the cover of the November issue of Vogue Arabia, and as expected, we are in love with the photoshoot. Our gallery has been updated with the covers, outtakes, and you can read the interview below!

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Even 2020 has its bright spots – just ask cover star, Lily Collins. The actor-producer was among the millions forced to hit pause as the coronavirus crisis halted the breakneck pace that previously defined life post-millennium. Once set to traverse the globe promoting her Netflix series Emily in Paris (which recently got signed up for a second season) and plum part in director David Fincher’s Hollywood satire Mank, she instead found herself grounded in Los Angeles, settling into a new normal of work from home. “There’s been so much pivoting and adapting to make things work,” Collins shares with a smile. “In some ways, you’re relying on yourself, doing everything on your own in situations where normally you’d have help. No one is there organizing everything for you or saying this is where you need to be and what should get done. Now it’s, we’re going to make this happen ourselves; we’re going to get creative and come up with new ideas.”

Even through the distortion of a Zoom call, Collins’s willingness to take on such challenges is evident. Fresh from a fitting, she sits cross-legged in the comfort of her den, its cozy wallpaper bursting with flowers. As she pops in earbuds and adjusts her laptop in preparation for a chat, she could be mistaken for the latest teen YouTube star or ingénue, but at 31, the daughter of music royalty – her father is British musician Phil Collins – is stepping into the next chapter; one where she’s taking the creative reins. The process has meant taking risks, losing sleep, and getting a crash course in teleconferencing moments before e-meeting Fincher, all of which were worth the effort. “It was such a surreal, fast experience to make it all happen,” she says of juggling two high-profile projects at once. “I couldn’t think twice about it because when you get an opportunity to work with geniuses like Darren Star and David Fincher, you just take it and run with it.”

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Salut, Lilyians! In case you are not aware, earlier this week it was announced that Emily in Paris would be coming back for a second season. The news was broken by the streaming service, Netflix, and we bring you an article posted by The Hollywood Reporter on the renewal.

Netflix is going back to Paris.

The streaming giant has renewed Emily in Paris for a second season. From creator Darren Star, the comedy starring Lily Collins is expected to return to production next spring on location in Paris. An episode count for the new season and premiere date have not yet been determined.

Originally developed for TV Land, the series about an American working in Paris was moved to fellow ViacomCBS-owned cabler Paramount Network before ultimately being sold off to Netflix. ViacomCBS-backed MTV Studios exec produces the series alongside Jax Media.

Since its Oct. 2 debut, Emily in Paris has been a breakout word-of-mouth hit for the streamer. While Netflix does not release traditional viewership data, measurement company Nielsen said subscribers watched more than 676 million minutes of the series within its first week of release. The series has been a mixed bag with viewers and critics alike, drawing a 64 percent and 60 percent rating, respectively.

Published by Neide Published on October 11, 2020

Lily is on the cover of this week’s issue of Sunday Times Style, during which she spoke about Emily in Paris, falling in love, learning how to chill, and her best beauty hack. Our gallery has been updated with the cover and outtakes from the magazine, and below you can read the full article and watch a fun video of Lily.

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For much of the weekend before we speak, Lily Collins threatens to melt my laptop as I tear uncontrollably through her latest show, a raunchy, rompy, highly bingeable comedy set in Paris. Her on-screen character, Emily, goes one better and blows the power in an entire Parisian arrondissement by plugging in her US-wired vibrator during a Facetime sex call with her American-based boyfriend. She then moves on to deflowering her friend’s 17-year-old brother, the scion of a champagne house, at his parents’ château.

The Guildford-born, LA-raised Collins has an eminently solid acting CV, starring as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side, Snow White in Mirror, Mirror and Fantine in last year’s BBC adaptation of Les Misérables, but until now the 31-year-old former model’s roles have tended to play more to her doll-like prettiness rather than her comedy chops. In truth, her acting accomplishments as a whole have been somewhat overshadowed by her very famous father, the thrice-married British musician Phil Collins, who split from Lily’s mother, his second wife, the American antiques dealer Jill Tavelman, when she was five. Lily and her mother relocated to Los Angeles and she only saw her father during school holidays.

In Collins’s 2017 collection of personal essays, Unfiltered, No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me, she wrote an open letter to her father. “We all make choices and, although I don’t excuse some of yours, at the end of the day we can’t rewrite the past,” she wrote. “I’m learning how to accept your actions and vocalise how they made me feel. I accept and honour the sadness and anger I felt toward the things you did or didn’t do, did or didn’t give me.”

Published by Neide Published on October 8, 2020

Photographed by Emily in Paris co-star Ashley Park, Lily talks with Coveteur about the new Netflix show, working with Patricia Field and fashion. Outtakes have been added to our gallery, and you can read the article below.

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Patricia Field is known for her amazing costumes in fashion-favorite films, from Sex and the City to The Devil Wears Prada to Confessions of a Shopaholic, each of which take a person on a fantasy-inducing sartorial safari through unexpected pattern combinations and ostentatious yet modern silhouettes. So when Lily Collins got the offer to work with not only Field but also Darren Star, creator of Sex and the City and Younger, she was immediately hooked on what she calls “a golden nugget.”

Their new show, Emily in Paris, available on Netflix as of October 2nd, is by no means the beginning of Collins’ fashion journey. The young actress has worked in films like Mirror, Mirror with corseted gowns and The Mortal Instruments with edgy, leather-filled looks. On the other side of the camera, she has the privilege of experimenting with the best that fashion has to offer on the red carpet and more.

As those have been put on hold for the time being, Collins has swapped gowns for sweats. So she couldn’t resist the opportunity for a little socially distanced shoot. Along with her costar Ashley Park, who plays Emily’s best friend Mindy, the two staged an impromptu shoot with the clothes they had on hand at their director’s ranch in Northern California (COVID tests were administered beforehand, of course). “It was really special also, because we were like, ‘Wait, this is so “Emily and Mindy” of us to do,’” says Collins. “Little did we know that a year after we met, from Paris to a ranch, we’d be having some crazy Emily in Paris experience together documented in photos.”

Have you always loved fashion, or has it been something you’ve had to embrace since you’ve started acting?

“I’ve been a fashion lover since I could put clothes on. My mom tells me stories about how I would have such a specific point of view on what I wanted to wear. I would go vintage shopping with her. I loved color and patterns. My style has definitely evolved over the years, but fashion has always been something constant. For me, fashion designers are artists, and sometimes I get so overwhelmed meeting them, more so than other actors. It’s such a fascinating craft, and their mind works in ways that I deeply admire. I feel very fortunate that my job allows me to experiment with fashion in different ways, but it’s definitely something that I always wanted to tap into.”

How does being in the spotlight affect your personal style?
“I think every character that I play informs me of new fashion personalities, if you will. When I did Mortal Instruments, and it was more gothic and dark—there was a lot of black and leather and stuff like that—I started incorporating more of a darker ‘rock and roll’ feel. Then when I did Mirror, Mirror, it was obviously more princess-y and more feminine and regal. And then Emily. Oh my god, working with Patricia Field, it was like patterns and colors and textures and designers and just all of those things all at once, and it was never too much for Emily. I get to express myself in different ways through my characters and through fashion.”

It’s such a cool thing that acting and fashion share that ability to create a character:

“For me, the relationship with the costume designer and creative designer of any TV show, movie, or any project that I do is so important because you’re creating the essence of the character. It’s what you feel like every day when you step into those clothes that helps inform how you’re going to move and breathe and live as that person. Every single outfit that you wear really dictates how you feel that day. Like in real life, if you’re wearing comfortable sweatpants versus a very fitted dress to go out, you carry yourself differently. The way that you dress really affects your mood and it affects the way that you create a character.”

On creating her character Emily through costume:

“Emily is bright and bubbly and unafraid to take risks. That translates directly into her fashion. I didn’t want her to be a character that has some kind of transformation in order to be accepted, to have that scene where she goes in the dressing room looking one way and comes out Parisian. We wanted it to be that she’s very much herself in all ways throughout the season, she just starts to pick up a little bit of Parisian fashion sense here and there. I think she, like myself, grew up loving Carrie Bradshaw, she loves French Vogue, she loves all these magazines that allow her to soak in the culture. And what would she wear when she goes to Paris? She’s going to wear the Eiffel Tower on her shirt. That’s who she is. Then she’ll do something like throw a beret on, but it’s always in that Emily way. It’s never understated, but that’s what you love about her, or at least that’s what I love about her.”

You said you grew up watching Carrie Bradshaw. Was it so exciting for you to work on a Darren Star show and work with Patricia Field?

“Oh my god, I was over the moon. It was already so cool knowing it was a Darren Star project; if you add Patricia Field to it, I was like, ‘This is a golden nugget.’ I so admire her and all her work throughout the years and just her eye. She’s so specific and so unafraid. That obviously so deeply translates to Emily as a character, that idea of embracing different colors and patterns and textures. It’s like, ‘How do you express yourself through fashion in a way that says everything you want to say and you stay true to who you are?’ That’s Patricia. She was so adamant about being so collaborative with me right off the bat. She really wanted this to be a mutual experience. And Marylin Fitoussi, the French designer who came on board with Patricia, was also just so incredible. Her eye mixed with Patricia’s just created such an amazing character that we all could just every day giggle at and go, ‘Oh my god, how fun is this?’”

I know you’ve been very open about your relationship with self-image, and I was wondering if fashion has played a role in all that for you?

“One’s relationship with their body is so personal. I’m really somebody who embraces feeling at peace with myself and that mind-body-soul connection of learning and educating myself on how to be more comfortable in my own skin. My stylist Rob and Mariel have had a really big impact on me in terms of pushing me outside my comfort zone of what I thought I’d feel good in. They allow me to feel unafraid to wear different silhouettes that I maybe didn’t think would suit me before. Understanding one’s body through clothes is a really interesting experience. It’s all in the tailoring, and they’ve taught me so much about that.”

“Sometimes there is something that’s super in style at the moment [that] just doesn’t work for me. And I’m kind of like, ‘OK great, I can appreciate it on her, but it doesn’t work for me,’ instead of wearing it just to wear it and then feeling awful in it. What’s the point of that? Literally what’s the point? I can appreciate it in a magazine. I can appreciate it on a friend or on a model. I think it’s just realizing that not everything’s going to work on your body type and to embrace what works on you. Obviously, when you’re younger, everyone wants to wear the same trends. The older you get, you’re just like, ‘Cool, if it doesn’t work on me, there’s 10 million other fashion things that I can wear that will look good.’”

What have been your favorite red carpet looks so far?

“This year for obvious reasons the Met Ball didn’t happen, but I always love that experience. The Met Ball is always a moment where I get to play and have fun and lean on my hair, makeup, and stylists to create a character. Every year is different. It’s an opportunity to play. In those situations, I don’t want to just look the same. I don’t want to just look like myself. I want to allow them to create a character and do what it is that they do best. That’s what I rely on them for and what I respect them for. Then we can come together and have fun.”

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It’s no news that when Lily goes on promotion mood, we are blessed with beautiful photoshoots. This time around it’s for The Laterals latest digital issue, where Lily speaks not only about Emily in Paris but also about the inner work that has led her on the path to her best self. You can find the photos in our gallery, and don’t forget to read the article below!

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Bright Night Of The Soul is how I’d characterize my lasting impression of Lily Collins. Sitting down for a conversation with an actress comes with a few days of preparation. There’s scheduling, there’s research to be done, and for me, it ends with the magic of somehow, after perusing countless interviews, and archived stories, of trying to pinpoint who my subject truly is outside of their big and small screen counterparts. The truth is, the celebrity interview is one of infinite outcomes. None of them lend themselves to predictability. Will they be reserved? Will she be giving? Who is she, really?

The days leading up to my chat with Lily Collins felt very much like those of my past assignments, but the days that followed after would be entirely…contrasting to say the least. Lily can be seen playing the sunny Emily Cooper in Netflix’s latest gift Emily in Paris. Timing is everything, and it is essential to the arrival of this new series that embodies escapism and “feel good” in its truest form. For Collins, it’s a story of self-love, empowerment, and peeling off the layers that reveal your truest self. For audiences, it’s a chance to escape the harsh realities that seem to multiply since the world upped and changed just a few months into the decade. Lily is poised, intelligent, sensible, and brimming with mindfulness. No research in the world would have prepared me for the experience that was to follow after I picked up the phone for this scheduled call–that felt like the gathering of two would-be-friends. As I said, an interview like this is meant to shed light on the sensibilities and qualities often in hiding when an actor is in full character. In this case, a portrait of an artist as a young woman. The result was immeasurably so much more.

Hi. I want to start by saying congratulations on your engagement. So exciting!

Oh my God, thank you. That’s so sweet of you.

Published by Neide Published on October 4, 2020

While promoting Emily in Paris the past weeks, Lily had a fun zoom interview and photoshoot with CR Fashion Book, during which she spoke about filming Emily in Paris, social media, and Paris. You can read about it below, and check out the photos in our gallery!

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When Lily Collins found herself on Avenue Montaigne in Paris just over a year ago it was not to kick off a week of catwalks and fashionable fêtes as per Septembers’ past. Fashion Week would go on indeed, but the actress would for once not be in attendance. Instead, Collins, who moved to the French capital for a few months for filming, had one only one show on her mind. Debuting today on Netflix, Emily in Paris brings the 31-year-old to the streaming screen as Emily, a Chicago millennial who is transferred to Paris temporarily when the marketing conglomerate she works at acquires a boutique fashion firm. When she arrives to her new setting with an Eiffel Tower charm in tow, Emily is greeted with a grimace and what can only be described as a haute couture critique. The quick-paced, over-the-top series is a mix of Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City—and for good reason, it was created by TV legend Darren Star (SATC, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place) with costume design by the incomparable Patricia Field. (In fact, Emily uses Field’s own vintage camera-themed iPhone case throughout the entire show as her signature.) Here, Collins speaks to CR about relocating to the City of Love, how the lines between the show and real life blurred, and what she’s learned about social media.

Emily in Paris is such a fun, easy watch, but it’s pretty different than some of your past works. What drew you to the project?
“Emily herself is such a fun character to get to play because she’s funny, she’s driven, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves fashion but she’s also really good at her job—all these things that so many people can relate to. For an actor to be able to have fun with a role like that was such a blast. And also, hello, it’s Paris! It was a no brainer. I grew up loving Sex and the City, and I think that the worlds that Darren creates in his shows are ones that you can just disappear into as you binge-watch.”

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