Lily Collins covers Nylon Mag: “I don’t want to acquire whatever ‘fame’ is”

Lily Collins covers the March issue of Nylon magazine to promote her role as Snow White in the obnoxius looking Mirror, Mirror, a.k.a., “The Snow White film starring Julia Roberts.” Fortunately, Lily does not discuss (nor is she asked about) her eyebrows in this interview (unlike during her recent Seventeen interview).

Thankfully, the interview focuses mostly on the upcoming movie. Since Lily’s father is musician Phil Collins (cue “Sussudio” playing in your head), there’s the question of nepotism possibly playing a part in her ability to capture such a huge role like Snow White as a relatively unknown actress. While Lily handles this topic in a less abrasive manner than Emma Roberts, it’s rather obvious that she’s been coached by a publicist for just this sort of quizzing. During the interview, Collins apparently dragged the journalist to both a flea market and a gay bar featuring singing drag queens. While I can’t possibly understand the former, I can dig the latter. Here are some excerpts:

She’s no Lohan: “I never did do the whole drinking, drugs [thing]. That wasn’t ever me and is never gonna be me.”

On Fame: “I have no idea what will happen after Mirror, Mirror, but I love that I can still do what I want to do on a weekend, like go to the flea market. I don’t ever want that to stop. I don’t want to suddenly have to sacrifice parts of myself, and I don’t feel like I am, knowing that people are going to be more interested in my personal life. I don’t want to acquire whatever ‘fame’ is. I just want to be able to continue doing what I love to do.”

On her dad, Phil: “Obviously, I grew up seeing the pros and cons of the business with my dad, but he was really passionate about what he does, and you can’t stop doing what you’re passionate about because someone is photographing you… A lot of people’s perception is that I don’t have to work my way to get in a room because someone’s always interested in the last name, but I always say that personality opens doors, but character keeps them open. Everyone can have something special to get them in, but once you’re in, it’s sort of like, ‘Okay, so?’”

On playing Snow White: “Growing up in the English countryside, I would go out into the fields and create my own stories, and I would run around as if I was in a movie. That’s why for me, playing Snow White was a crazy dream come true, because I’ve always been someone who would read books and then go and make a movie in my head.”

“I just had this gut feeling that I needed to try one more thing because I wanted it so badly… so I went back in and I knocked on the door, and they let me [audition] again. I’m persistent but not in an annoying way. I’m really determined, and I want to try my best, and once I’ve known I’ve done all I can do, it’s totally fine.”

On acting with Julia Roberts: “I would be in a scene with Julia and she would be saying something mean and I would find myself almost smiling because I was enjoying it so much. Then I’d be like, ‘Oh f-ck, I have to be really upset right now.’”

[From Nylon]

That’s quite the odd statement about fame, isn’t it? If Lily didn’t covet fame, she wouldn’t date someone with a profile like Zac Efron, who incidentally dropped a condom on The Lorax orange carpet this week. And if she merely wanted to work on the “craft” of acting, Lily certainly wouldn’t have auditioned for a lead role in a big-budget movie opposite the likes of Julia Roberts, right?

Now onto this Nylon photoshoot, which is rather lovely if one doesn’t check out the atrocious cover shot. Lily’s a beautiful young girl, but I still suspect she wouldn’t be getting big parts in Hollywood if her father’s name hadn’t helped her get her foot in the proverbial door.

Photos courtesy of Nylon

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  1. normades says:

    Her fame quote really annoys me. If she just wanted to act and by-pass the fame she could do theatre.

    I hope this film bombs, it looks terrible.

    • inthekitchen says:

      I completely agree!!! I HATE when film/TV actors say things like that because there are so many other places you can do your craft, but if you choose the most public and high profile avenue then you can’t complain if you end up being famous. What a dumbass.

      And I’m all for natural beauty but her eyebrows are pretty nasty in the second and third pictures. Her eyebrows are too close to her eyes to be so thick…it makes her eyelids disappear. A little plucking can be okay.

    • WillyNilly says:

      I just screamed ‘THEN WHY ARE YOU ON THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE?!’ at the screen. *sigh* These f*cking kids are so annoying.

    • Maguita says:

      Then why was she bearding for the most notoriously gay young man in Hollywood, if she “didn’t want to acquire whatever fame is”??? I am talking about Taylor Lautner here!

      You really have to give it to her though, she is more Julia Roberts’ niece than Emma Roberts herself! Her words remind me of Julia’s rehearsed politically correct words when she was on her way. But of course, she then proceeded to become quite insufferable later on.

      I wish the new generation would be less “manicured”, and understands that in this day and age of TMI on social media, the population is not as gullible as it used to be. Selling Bullsh-t, does not work well anymore. Not even for the Disney Kids!

      • normades says:

        @Maguita: I thought she was dating Zac Efron?

        Your line cracked me up: “… she is more Julia Roberts’ niece than Emma Roberts herself! “

      • Maguita says:

        @normades – she used to date Taylor Lautner. I don’t know who she is dating right now, if it is truly Zac… My point was, if she doesn’t want to play “this fame game”, why did she beard in the first place?

        Whomever she’ll be dating, if she doesn’t want to acquire that kind of rep, there are many ways to stay quite about one’s personal life. I don’t know though if Zac is gay, straight, both, or none… Well, not none, that dropped condom on the orange carpet must be for something else than amusing kids with animal balloons. ;)

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree with all of these points. If you don’t want “fame”, don’t do all the things she’s doing.

  2. Hautie says:

    Here is my bias opinion.

    Why not use, what ever edge she has, to get auditions?

    Why does Lily get slammed for not going the route of giving out bl*wj*bs? And praying for a callback?

    Just think of all of the horrible stories that follow men of power in LA. Michael Bay and Harvey W. are just a couple of men whom have used their power to extract (allege) sexual favors in order for a female to get an audition. *shudder*

    If Lily got the audition because of who her father was… who cares. Seriously. If she had no talent, she would have been shown back out the door. No matter who her Daddy might be.

    Plus why not do a huge studio movie if it is offered? Who the hell wants to languish for a decade doing work that will never be notice. And making no money. I suspect she would like to rely on her own success to pay her bills.

    • irishserra says:

      Hautie, your comment makes perfect sense. I absolutely agree. It’s a perk of being the daughter of Phil Collins and she has every right to take advantage of it. People have been doing it for years, so why should she be criticized for doing so?

      At least she’s attempting to do something creative (unlike the hoards of ‘reality stars’ out there) and if she makes it, great; if not, it sounds like she’ll be just fine with it and can try another avenue. The girl sounds pretty grounded (albeit a bit young and inexperienced) to me. The anger towards her is silly and unwarranted.

    • Carolyn says:

      Totally agree. Good on her for getting roles. I think it’s the “fame” quote that comes across as fake-humble, smug and what annoys. If Lily doesn’t want to be famous, get a normal job like everyone else. If she wasn’t becoming famous she wouldn’t say such a silly thing. Will be interesting to see how the alternate SW movie does at the box office. Even Queen Julia has lot a lost of her mojo. Remember when all her movies were amazing and she could do no wrong?

  3. alex says:

    …yeah, and Emma Watson still is going to “retire from acting to be a lawyer”…suuuuuure.

  4. Lis says:

    I might be unusual in that I like her eyebrows.

    It’s just that (1) this interview annoys me and (2) I don’t think she was right for “Mirror, Mirror”. If nothing else, she’s not exactly “fair”.

  5. hannah says:

    i don’t think people have as much of an issue with the fact that her last name is used, its that people rarely will admit this fact. Most insist it is their superior talents that get them the job, when in reality who you know matters far more than talent. even if she wasn’t good, they wouldn’t “show her the back door” cuz people don’t want to piss of other industry people. and once the born to fame ones get attention, then they are hired again as they already have some sort of following…they have a built in audience due to their relationship. if you watch all these born to fame kids, all their early interviews talk about the person that made them famous…why do you think that is?

    • irishserra says:

      Yes, but unless you are a peer competing for mutual acting roles with this girl, or any other hopeful who has offended you by not acknowledging the nepotism, why is it of any concern to you? That is what I don’t understand. She’s never claimed to have superior talents to anyone.

      • Hannah says:

        whats it to me? I guess simply honesty. It would be rather refreshing to have somebody admit to nepotism as oppossed to their need to point out it wasnt the case. It is like beautiful girls talking about how terribly they were teased, or rich people who fly private jets all over the world act as if they live”green”. Hollywood is built on nepotism, which is fine…just admit it.

      • irishserra says:

        @Hannah: That’s fair enough. I tend to gravitate toward the idea that she’s not purposely trying to mislead everyone, but that she’s just terrifically naive and so some of her comments get construed as dishonest. Time will tell, though. I wish the best for her, although I’m not holding my breath.

  6. hatekyle says:

    she’s an idiot. overbearing girls like her deserve a boot. if you really didn’t want fame then you could have stayed home!

  7. Kimberly says:

    Just another actress in another interview.

    flea market and drag queens are so 1999, but I love retro so . . .

    Zac dating bs is just for publicity to get her face on other things besides ABC/Disney owned medias like radar, tmz, celebitchy. Fake relationships are obvious nowdays, so it’s like why do they even bother? Like we’re suppose to believe Zac is with Phil Collins pretty much unknown daughter that grew up in the english countryside?

    uh no.

    She wants to be famous, she’s a fame whore. That’s why people get into acting. To have others know who they are by face or name. Isn’t that what fame is?

    this chick sucks

    • irishserra says:

      I pretty much agree with you that anyone who is part of Hollywood is in it for the fame and for the most part, I tend to lump the entire population that makes up the town together. Ugh.

      However, I think with this girl, she’s still just a bit immature. She’s probably still of the belief that she will be different in that if she makes it, she will be able to maintain her principles and remain “the girl next door.” Dabble a little bit, make a name for herself, move on. It’s a common belief among young ones trying to get in the business. Unfortunately, it rarely (if ever) happens that way. Either they just fail miserably or they get a taste of it and find it’s more palatable than they ever imagined and will do ANYTHING to hang on to it.

  8. Charz says:

    she looks alot like nina dobrev… only with bigger eyebrows

  9. The Truth Fairy says:

    “I don’t want to acquire whatever ‘fame’ is” she says as she poses for the cover of a magazine. What a joke!

  10. Petunia says:

    1. Watch out for actors who claim to not care about fame and swear they never considered themselves beautiful when they were growing up. They are lying through their teeth.

    2. Of course her name opened the door. There is no way that you or I would get in to audition for the lead in Snow White, even if we had the exact same looks and skills. It stinks but nepotism does rule. I don’t blame someone for taking advantage of it but it stinks, nontheless.

  11. Lis says:

    “…whatever “fame” is”?

    What does that even mean? Is it possible to be more pretentious?

    Just say something along the lines of “I’m not in it for the fame” or “it’s not important to me”.

    No one will believe you, but you won’t look like a pretentious d-bag.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Re : “I don’t want to acquire fame whatever that is”
    Well, then why not spend this time of your young life in college or at a theatre school (England has such good ones) learning the trade? Join a theatre troupe for a few years, doing Shakespeare or Arthur Miller or something like that? Just a thought. Stage trained actors are just so much better at their craft.

  13. mischa says:

    She reminds me of nina dobrev in this photoshoot. am i the only one who’s seeing similarities?

  14. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Doesn’t know what ‘fame’ is? Has she even met her father?

  15. Asli says:

    ”I don’t want to acquire whatever ‘fame’ is.” Bull. Sh-t. People who say they never wanted to be famous while simultanously being on the cover of magazines are LYING! If you didn’t want pop culture fame you’d be doing what Daniel Day-Lewis is doing. You wouldn’t be on every other magazine cover. This ”I’m just like you, let’s be bestfriends” – PR move doesn’t fly anymore. Not with the internet available and insiders, paparazzi etc. selling you out. People don’t believe in manufactured stars a la Lana Del Rey in this day and age. We just don’t.

  16. Alice says:

    That’s the best actress cover and editorial from Nylon in so long. I don’t think I liked a single Nylon cover last year.

    I like her especially the glorious eyebrows! She seems pretty grounded to me. Why are people bashing her? She’s a very new actress who was lucky enough to get a lead role in a big movie. That is what every actress in Hollywood dreams of. Why would she turn it down to keep jobbing for bit parts and supporting roles? She clearly means she doesn’t want to be famous just for fame’s sake or as a paparazzi staple living off daddy’s money which she could easily do like so many other celeb offspring with her surname and good looks.

    I think people are REALLY overestimating the last name thing. Her name is Collins and unless she emblazons “Phil collins’ daughter” on her headshots I doubt most people make the connection and even if they do, as much as I love old Phil and Genesis I doubt he has that much pull in Hollywood boardrooms :-D

    She seems to be trying to get on with her career and I’ve never heard about her getting in trouble, famewhoring, falling out of clubs and cars with her legs spread and I read she’s in her final year at USC majoring in journalism which makes her pretty cool in my books. If she wants to date Zac efron. So what? Their both hot. Is she supposed to not date him because he’s famous? He’s not even my type and I know I wouldn’t say no!

    Good luck to her. She seems to have a good head on her shoulders and I think she can be successful

  17. aquarius64 says:

    Lily’s last name got her foot in the door and she’ll date high profile guys to get her name out there (Taylor Lautner and Zac Efron). And she doesn’t care how it makes her look: she dumped a boyfriend to get with Lautner and a year later he dumped her. Efron’s Condom-gate makes it look like she’s not the only girl that’s doing him.

    • Hepeigh says:

      @aquarius64: I see you on every JJ post about Lily spewing hate. Unless you are Lily or her boyfriend you have no idea what happened between them. They could have split up because she was working away, because he cheated, mutual agreement, lost the spark, whatever. Most actresses agree that it’s difficult to mainitain a relationship with someone who isn’t in the business as the absences are difficult.

      Dating anyone from Twilight was hardly going to help her career and Efron doesn’t need the publicity. If she was dating for PR she could very easily milk the relationships in interviews or by setting up paparazzi pics but so far she doesn’t talk about her relationships and there are barely any pap pics. Maybe as hard as it is for jealous fangirls to process two good-looking people are together because they like and are attracted to each other.

      As for Efron and the condom incident. I sincerely doubt he was looking to get lucky at a kid’s movie premiere. And carrying condoms doesn’t mean someone isn’t monogamous. It’s people with attitudes like yours that make safe sex so difficult to teach. Plenty of people in relationships with one partner use and carry condoms with them at ALL times. It doesn’t mean that they are shagging around and the sooner people get rid of this association the better. It’s attutudes like yours attaching such negative connotations to condom use that lead to unwanted pregnancies and STDs.

      • aquarius64 says:

        Who are you Lily’s family? Other people have said 100x worse things about Lily, the most common being she was a nasty b____th on the set of Abduction, and snobbish to the fans at the Hollywood premiere. And condoms are generally used when there is more than one partner. Sorry but the scuttlebutt on your idol is that she gets around on a broom.

  18. LeeLoo says:

    Meh, I’m not going to judge her. When you grow up with a superstar father like Phil Collins life is not going to be normal. I tend to think of her “fame” comment as meaning she doesn’t want to fall into the traps of it (i.e. become another Cracken Blohan). She would rather be known as a talented actress than as a celebrity. I think that’s fair. She could be a Peaches Geldof so she is already doing just fine depsite the fact her acting career could crash and burn.

    She has Audrey Hepburn brows but I do agree that she needs to prevent a unibrow and at least wax the middle and the sides better. Who’s her mother? Lily looks like she could also be Middle Eastern.

  19. misstrishm says:

    I think she’s a very pretty girl. I had no idea her father was Phil Collins until it was mentioned. The movie looks pretty cute.

  20. Heyyo says:

    The bit about not having to work to get into a room…PUKE. Honey, people are interested in your last name, and daddy’s connections got you where you are. Don’t delude yourself. And no one believes you’re not interested in fame…as you stare back at them from the cover of a magazine.

  21. Meanchick says:

    Another “reluctant” actress eh? Go work at IHOP and work your craft in local comunity theatre.

  22. LIli says:

    Bad quote…I get what she was trying to say though…She doesn’t want to be a “celebrity,” she wants to be an actress…Either way, you do have to deal with fame though. Also, this girl’s acting has been panned almost as much as her former beard Lautner…Seriously, Rotten Tomatoes…How the hell does she keep getting roles? She’s lovely, but not gorgeous, and her acting is pretty terrible…Plus, she looks sooo yoounng…she has an eternal child face, like Selena Gomez.

  23. bruno says:

    God please get over yourself. Reluctant star bit is so damn pompous.

  24. marisa says:

    She can relax. She is not going to be famous.

  25. ZenB!tch says:

    O M G!


    If they fixed the brows she would be more Snow White than Kristen but Julia makes a horrid Queen. The Queen is an aging BEAUTY not just aging.

    • Noel says:

      I am glad someone else does not think Julia Roberts is pretty. I have always found her and Jennifer Aniston to be very unattractive, but everyone else always says they are beautiful.

      • Jover says:

        I never have found either that attractive in physical beauty or personality; I’m dating myself but in physical beauty any of the 90s supermodels blows Roberts and Aniston away – check out, for example, Brandi Quinones, Claudia Mason, Meghan Douglas and Yasmeen Ghauri back in the day on youtube – no comparison to today’s ordinary actresses and aneorexic trolls that are paraded down the runways

  26. Lulu says:

    “That’s quite the odd statement about fame, isn’t it? If Lily didn’t covet fame, she wouldn’t date someone with a profile like Zac Efron, who incidentally dropped a condom on The Lorax orange carpet this week. And if she merely wanted to work on the “craft” of acting, Lily certainly wouldn’t have auditioned for a lead role in a big-budget movie opposite the likes of Julia Roberts, right?”

    Comments like these aren’t fair. True or not, it’s like we are being directed to hate or scrutinize her. It’s not as if she has put out a statement or billboard announcing Zac Efron is her boyfriend either. I also think there is a difference between her role in this Snow White film and being Julia Roberts. I don’t think you can compare these film actors to some theatre actors (be they Broadway or Community theatre).

    She’s not Kristen Stewart or Julia Robersts, you know?

  27. Dibba says:

    I think she thinks her eyebrows are her “signature” look. Too bad. I am also sure there are thousands of young women with as much or more talent than she has who will never get a chance. I’ve always despised nepotism–its so unamerican.

  28. Meg says:

    ‘i don’t want to be famous’ as i pose hard for this magazine cover