Shadowhunters was recently renewed for a second season by Freeform. The series, which has Katherine McNamara playing the role of Clary Fray, is based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult book series of the same name.
The heroine, Clary Fray, was first portrayed by Lily Collins in the 2013 movie, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The movie did not do justice to the book series, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide at the time the film was being made.
The movie was deemed a vehicle that would catapult singer Phil Collins’ daughter to the same star level as Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games trilogy). Fast-paced and lacking much-needed characterization, the film, however, did not prove to be the success it was envisioned to be.
With more avenues to explore episodically, viewers need not absorb too much, too quickly – the very pitfalls of the film. Lily heaped praises on the cast of Shadowhunters, saying: “The cast kind of all really work…it didn’t work out for us, but I’m glad the stories live on in some way.”
As it turned out, Collins gained success in later comedy/drama roles in Love, Rosie and Rules Don’t Apply. She remains fond of Cassandra Clare’s storyline, nonetheless.
From Book to Movie to TV Series
Shadowhunters prompted a publication to call its creator “The New Queen of Fantasy.” For the uninitiated, the book series is called The Shadowhunters Chronicles – and The Mortal Instruments is just part of the extensive oeuvre.
The Rules Don’t Apply actress believes the Shadowhunters television series could work. Fans remember a young Lily meeting her (ex) boyfriend Jamie Campbell Bower on the set of the 2013 dark fantasy film.
Lily Lives and Learns, As Told in Her New Book
Lily auditioned for the role of Bella in Twilight and did not get the part. She tried for the part of Olivia Thirlby on Juno, and did not get the part either.
She was once the model who was conspicuously short – you could still see the shortness in one scene in Love, Rosie, where she gets pulled into the pool. Those are just some of the facts that fans know about the Golden Globe-nominated actress who has lately nabbed interesting roles, among them a young artist battling severe anorexia in To the Bone.
Her new book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me tells us so much more: relationships that never quite made it, an eating disorder, and all the good about the actress who has ironically caused famous singer Phil to be called “Lily Collins’ dad.” Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins will be released on March 7, 2017.