Sitting down with Digital Spy, Lily tells the publication about how she walked into the audition room and in the end, secured her role as Cecelia Brady in The Last Tycoon. A very short talk, where she also discusses the appeal of picking TV roles over movie ones, and you can read all about it bellow!
Lily Collins has suggested that her lifelong obsession with old-Hollywood glamour was pivotal in securing her a role in Amazon Prime’s 1930s drama The Last Tycoon.
The actress plays “go-getter” Cecelia Brady in the TV adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s last, unfinished roman-à-clef, which follows the ambitions of young executive Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer) and his power struggle with studio boss Pat Brady, Cecilia’s father (Kelsey Grammer). Written and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games), the series also captures an era darkened by the Depression and the growing influence of Hitler.
“I’ve been so obsessed with old Hollywood forever,” Collins told Digital Spy. “And Cecelia is so multilayered, she’s fascinating. She’s naïve, she’s feisty, she’s passionate, compassionate, hardworking, and a go-getter – all these adjectives of a character that I would love to play around with. I went in the audition, and I was the only one to read for him [writer-director Billy Ray] and I dressed in 1930s hair and make-up and wardrobe.”
The series has recruited a team which includes Oscar-winning production designer Patrizia von Brandenstein, and Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Mad Men) to bring Hollywood’s golden era to life.
Collins also discussed the appeal of picking TV roles over movie ones, saying there’s longer to “flesh out” a role, and an excitement at not knowing what will come next for your character. “You have so much time to flesh out a character and you get to spend more time with the people you’re working with, and develop relationships on camera that you would have to beat along in a film,” Collins continued.
“Because you have longer to tell their story, and the pedigree of this project was so amazing, it felt like a mini-film. You couldn’t tell this story in a film; it had been done before, but the idea that it was left unfinished left it open to so much more story to be told. And you don’t get to have that on a film set that you don’t know where your character story is headed in the next episode, which can be unnerving but exciting.”
The Last Tycoon is available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video from July 28.