Lily is featured in the latest episode of Vanity Fair’s podcast “In the Limelight” where she speaks about her very busy year, working with her The Last Tycoon co-stars Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer, the feedback she has gotten from To The Bone, career goals, role models and so much more. You can listen to the podcast bellow (Lily’s interview starts at 24:45)!
Lily Collins is having a very busy 2017. The actress released her memoir—Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me—in the spring. And this summer, two of her films—Okja and To the Bone—have hit Netflix. Collins also has a new show debuting this week—her first television series role—with Amazon’s gorgeous The Last Tycoon, set in 1930s Hollywood, also starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer.
For this week’s episode of Vanity Fair’s “In The Limelight,” co-host Josh Duboff sat down with Collins—daughter of Phil—in New York to discuss her busy year. The actress spills on what it was like to act opposite Bomer (“He’s just absolutely beautiful—in the 1930s or 2017”) and have Grammer play her dad (“He called me ‘kiddo’ from day one”) in Tycoon. She also discusses the feedback and response she has come across in response to To the Bone, in which Collins plays a woman struggling with a severe eating disorder (“It’s been incredible to see the amount of young people coming out and sharing their stories”).
Collins also shared on a variety of other topics and co-stars.
On her career goals: I have a list of things I’d like to do. That includes work as well as travel, as well as just life in general. Would love to do a flat-out comedy. Love Paul Feig. Would love to do a British sweeping period drama, a la a Joe Wright situation… Would love to have kids. Would love to go travel to Thailand and stay in a treehouse. I’d love to learn how to bake better…
On her acting role models: Audrey Hepburn. Obvious, but Meryl Streep. It’s about the longevity of their careers. Natalie Portman. Cate Blanchett. Love Penélope Cruz. And all these women are mothers. And what I love is that they are proof that you can do both, that you can have both. You can have a career, and do what you do, and then have your family as well.
On meeting Meryl Streep: When I met Meryl Streep for the first time, when I saw her—I had shortness of breath—and then I shook her hand and I had goosebumps everywhere and I literally started crying. I didn’t know what to say, so I said “I usually know what to say but I don’t know what to say. I just think we would have the most fun working together.” And she said, “We would, wouldn’t we? We’d have so much fun.” And I said, “I just love you, I just really respect you.” And she said, “Well you should tell my daughters that!” It was the coolest moment! And the next time when I saw her, she actually remembered me.
On her interactions with Okja co-star Tilda Swinton in New York and at Cannes: I didn’t get to ever shoot with her on set. The first time [I saw her working on the film], we were in New York City on Wall Street. I was walking out of the hotel and I saw her finishing work, getting out of the van, and she had a big bag of trash and she was taking her trash out to this massively packed trash can. I was like, “Tilda! I’m playing Red!” with my red hair, and she was like, “Of course you are, I know who you are!” and she gave me a hug. I was like “What are you doing?” And she was like “I’m just taking the trash out.” I was like, “Random! But so wonderful.” That was the only interaction I had with her on set. . . . And at Cannes, she explained everything about what was going on since I had never been to Cannes. On the last night, we had a dinner, she just looks at me and holds my hand and sits me down and said, “Lily, tell me everything. Tell me everything about you. Start from the beginning.” For two hours we just chatted about anything and everything: things I enjoy, my favorite color, projects that I like, life, relationship, Scotland, England. It was a dream.
On meeting Princess Diana when she was a child: I feel very close to England. I do feel British at heart. I like following [the royal family]. I remember setting my TiVo at the time to wake me up in the middle of the night to watch the royal wedding. I recorded it and wanted to be part of that history-making moment. I met the family but when I was barely walking. There are photos of me giving Princess Diana flowers and then trying to take them back from her. Apparently I was told that Prince Charles gave me a phone to play with and I proceeded to try to smack him with it. My mom was like, “Oh my god, we’re gonna get kicked out!