A couple of years ago, Lily Collins revealed that she auditioned for a role on the mega-popular CW series Gossip Girl. Of course, she didn’t get the role, but now she’s finally opening up about which role it was and why it meant so much to her.
“I remember the screen test for Gossip Girl was on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank,” Collins tells Glamour of her first TV studio screen-test experience. “I was about 17 or 18 years old at the time. I remember driving onto the lot and going, ‘Oh my God. This is surreal.'” The moment was so surreal, in fact, that Collins ended up documenting her first big studio audition with photos and everything. “It was one of those OMG moments,” she laughs. “Whether or not I got it, I knew I could say I screen tested on the lot and one day I want to work at one of these [studios].”
So what was the role, which has gone unnamed until now? Turns out it was for the character of Jennifer Tallulah “Jenny” Humphrey, which eventually went to actress Taylor Momsen. “I wanted it so badly,” reminisces Collins. Even though she didn’t end up getting to work on the famed Warner Bros. lot, where shows like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Full House, and more have taped, things seemed to have worked out just fine for the actress. “Everything happens for a reason,” says Collins, who went on to get her big break a couple years later in 2009’sThe Blind Side (she played Sandra Bullock’s daughter in the film), followed by films like Mirror Mirror, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Love, Rosie, and others.
And now? Collins is starring in the much-hyped about Amazon drama series, The Last Tycoon, opposite Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer. “You’re sucked into this magical world of the 1930s,” she says of the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work. “It’s kind of like when you watched Downton Abbey, and it allows you to step back into a period of time that you didn’t get to experience, which is kind of a treat.”
Published on June 26, 2016