Lily was recently featured in the December issue of British Vogue, where she speaks about Les Misérables, why she loves Ariana Grande and more. You can read the article posted on the official website below, and scans and outtakes have been added to the gallery as you can check!
It was the dead of winter and an icy -13C when Lily Collins arrived in Brussels to start filming the BBC’s long-awaited adaptation of Les Misérables. As Fantine – an orphaned, penniless young woman forced into prostitution – Collins went through “a very drastic transformation”, so much so that people didn’t recognise the young movie star on set.
“I really got to see what I was made of on this shoot,” Collins says from the warmer climes of LA. “Whether it was the temperature or the workload or the physicality of Fantine and her storyline and her sadness, I learned what I could withstand. “Like many, Collins’s first experience of Victor Hugo’s classic novel was as a musical (a school production, rather than West End), although this latest version won’t include singing – so any Anne Hathaway comparisons can be put to bed now. “You get to see the character in a different way when there’s not a song,” says Collins. “What was said in a lyric gets to be a fully fledged scene. It’s been a real bucket-list thing to do.”
Christmas is an overload for the senses, so I try not to overload my party look. When I think of the holidays I think of tartan and Vivienne Westwood. There’s something very Chrisimassy and opulent about her looks that I love.
I’ve just finished The Legacy of Luna about an activist who lived up a tree for two years in protest against loggers. Her passion is so inspiring.
When I’m working out, I love listening to remixes. I’m still loving Ariana Grande’s album Sweetener . Also on my playlist are LANY and Troye Sivan.
When I’m back in London, I really want to see Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. I love looking at the windows, too – Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason. And I have to see the 1ights on Bond Street and Regent Street.
My favourite thing to do at Christmas is to get the tree. We always go to the same Christmas tree lot, then to the local pub and afterwards for a curry. I really hibernate.
This summer I spent a magical 10 days in Ischia, off the Amalfi Coast. I got to read, swim, eat and do my own thing surrounded by friends who are like family. Needless to say, the pizza there is amazing.