Lily Collins Loses Weight and ‘Gets Loose’ for a Challenging New Role

2017 Sundance Film Festival entries
Lily Collins is shown in photo during a past WonderCon event at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Fans who faithfully follow British-American actress Lily Collins on social media have seen her lose weight at one time or another. Lately, though, there have been alarming reactions on the extent of her self-imposed thinness in relation to her upcoming film, To The Bone, an entry at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

The alarm may be understandable what with Lily being petite and the actress having a known adherence to what a role may demand. Audiences would certainly not want a young star known for her expressive face and timeless beauty – and compared to Audrey Hepburn –  suffering from the ill effects of an eating disorder, even if such dangers may stem only from playing a role.

Written and directed by Marti Noxon and starring Collins, Keanu Reeves and Kathryn Prescott, the new film is a black comedy seeking to address the misconceptions on eating disorders and the harrowing journey of those afflicted by the condition.

A Provocative Film

When Lily Collins recently tweeted the “first look of her new movie To the Bone that is currently in post-production, whereby she expressed how proud she was to be part of such a powerful film, her online followers could not hide their excitement. One follower tweeted back that “it will be a good way to start talking about anorexia!”

The Love, Rosie actress plays a young, pressured artist who experiences severe anorexia and has to undergo treatment at a clinic, where she meets other troubled people who have to deal with bulimia. Lily did not only become skeletal by choice, but also developed mannerisms and posture to be more credible for the role.

One of Hollywood’s bankable actors, Keanu Reeves, plays a doctor who challenges Lily’s character to deal with her condition and embrace life.

Collins and Her Method Acting

History has shown a handful of Hollywood stars who really prepare for a role, to the point of changing their physical appearance. Michael Fassbender, for instance, starved himself for 10 weeks to play the role of  IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the 2008 historical drama film Hunger.

As for Lily, It is not the first time she has shown dedication to a role. Some actors go really far and engage in  “method acting,” Veteran actors like Al Pacino simply referred to it as a process.

For Lily,  approaching a role is a matter of just getting loose and having a lot of fun while getting into a character or doing a delicate scene. Fans will recall she had a drunk scene in Rules Don’t Apply and Director Warren Beatty allotted an entire week for her to tackle the scene where she also sings and does monologs.

Lily stated in interviews that she wished she had taped herself when she was drunk the very first time; It would certainly have helped.  She added that the scene was shot very carefully as there was a need for sensitivity.

To The Bone joins the full slate of provocative and agenda-setting independent films at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January.

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