Lily Collins has spoken out about how “bizarre” she finds it to live in the public eye.
The actress and model, whose parents are singer Phil Collins and socialite Jill Tavelman, told Hello! Fashion Monthly: “Every day there is a person following me, taking pictures. It’s bizarre, because I’m just going to the gym or getting a smoothie.
“I don’t have the time or energy to be constantly put together all the time, but that’s real life.” Collins, 27, who made her acting debut at the age of two, credits her mother with keeping her grounded. “It’s so important for women to encourage each other to stand up and speak out,” she said.
“She has always encouraged me to travel and see the world, which has put my own life in perspective and made me extra thankful.”
The actress, who has starred in romantic comedy Love, Rosie and adventure fantasy Mirror Mirror, alongside Julia Roberts, has also appeared in the magazines Teen Vogue and Seventeen.
But she said her upbringing had made the modelling world seem alien. “It was disturbing to grow up with a mother encouraging me to appreciate what’s different and quirky about me and then to be in an industry where people do things by any means necessary to look a certain way,” she said.
However, Collins — who is the face of Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie range — said her mother had also taught her about skincare. “My mum always removed her make-up at night and taught me early on about the importance of taking care of your skin, especially when you’re travelling or extremely busy.”
Collins, whose latest movie, Rules Don’t Apply, is out later this month, moved to America as a child and lives in Los Angeles — but says she still feels British. “Through and through — don’t let the American twang fool you,” she said. “I still say I’m going home when I come to England and I love a good old cup of PG Tips with a Jaffa Cake.”
Published on November 4, 2016