Lily Collins’ relationship with Charlie McDowell got stronger & better during lockdown

The Fashion awards 2019 red carpet.

You’ve probably seen all of the commercials for Mank, the bio-pic of Herman J. Mankiewicz, the Oscar-winning co-screenwriter of Citizen Kane. “Mank” was a well-connected alcoholic in Hollywood and the film is said to be good, although at this point in my life, I have no interest in seeing that kind of rampant, unchecked alcoholism shown on-screen, especially with the current version of Gary Oldman, who seems to have forgotten subtlety long ago. Anyway, people are talking a lot about the supporting cast, which includes (apparently) star turns from Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins. Lily is having some kind of banner pandemic year, from the successful and much-discussed Emily in Paris and the good reviews for Mank, not to mention her pandemic engagement to Charlize McDowell. That’s what she discussed in a recent interview:

Lily Collins says her relationship with fiancé Charlie McDowell has gotten stronger during quarantine. The “Emily in Paris” star — who got engaged to McDowell in September — told L’Officiel magazine that the couple has benefitted from time together “without the layers of society” interfering.

“Quarantine has made and broken up a lot of people, but the time together just solidified what we already knew about each other,” the 31-year-old said. “Everyone has very much been who they are these last few months, because there aren’t any external distractions.”

“We’re all really getting back to the core of who we are without the layers of society,” Collins added. “When you’ve seen someone at their best and at their worst and you’re still right there with them, that’s a beautiful thing.”

[From Page Six]

I think that’s probably right, especially for people without kids – if your relationship was good before the pandemic, the lockdown heightened the good vibes. If your relationship was already rocky, the pandemic heightened that too. If your boyfriend was an a–hole before the pandemic, it was extra noticeable this year. Trying to handle children during the pandemic – that’s the big issue which put a strain on many “good” relationships.

In a different interview, Lily also talked about Charlie’s proposal – it happened during a roadtrip to Santa Fe, and how before she “got the ring,” she would never even wear a ring on that finger, ever: “I never would ever wear a ring on that finger. It wasn’t like I was superstitious, I was just like, ‘I’m saving that finger.’ Even in photoshoots, I’d be like, ‘No, no, no …’ I was always saving it, so now it’s like, ‘Oh, right, like, it has its place, it’s finally found the right ring to put on.’”

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Photos courtesy of Lily’s Instagram.

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  1. Yup, Me says:

    Overall, my relationship has gotten better during the pandemic. We have a child and pets but we had our challenging lockdown years ago- when we had a brand new baby in a barely 600 sqare foot apartment. Doing a pandemic with a house (and full nights of sleep) has been coasting by comparison.

    My husband and I have talked about all the people who have suddenly had to really look at the people in their lives (and homes) during this year. And we’ve been grateful that we went through that awful shitty new parent time together a decade ago. It taught us how to work together.

  2. Amy Bee says:

    I thought Mank was boring but Lily Collins was decent.

  3. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I usually have found her interviews pretty rough. Here she’s seemed to have found something genuine and speaks of it well.

    My husband and I are still doing great In the lockdown, but we have a house and 2 beagles and an Aussie so… I can’t complain.

  4. Jessi says:

    She’s got terrific eyebrows & I would love to know where to find the sweater she’s wearing in the engagement photo. That’s all I’ve got.

  5. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    I feel like he’s one of those people who has a super low-key profile while having been attached to some high profile women… Rooney Mara, Emilia Clarke and now Lilly. I find it interesting.

    • Anne Call says:

      And his parents are Malcolm MacDowell and Mary Steenbergen. He lives just south of Santa Barbara along the water and surfs and seems like a low key guy plus I love their dog.