A new interview in Net-A-Porter’s latest edition of The Edit reveals that Lily Collins was praised for losing weight in preparation for her new Netflix project, “To The Bone”, in which she plays an anorexic female.
“I was leaving my apartment one day and someone I’ve known for a long time, my mom’s age, said to me, ‘Oh, wow, look at you!'” Collins recalled. “I tried to explain [I lost weight for a role] and she goes, ‘No! I want to know what you’re doing, you look great!’ I got into the car with my mom and said, ‘That is why the problem exists.’”
Collins, who once suffered from an eating disorder herself, was shocked by her frail appearance during filming and went on to explain that the public’s obsession with weight is why the disease exists.
“There’s a scene where I’m taking my clothes off to be weighed by Carrie Preston, my stepmom in the movie, who takes a photo on her phone and shows it to me. I didn’t think she’d actually take one but she did,” said Collins. “I saw myself in the photo and my heart dropped.”
As Collins explained, her mother was also stunned by the state of her daughter’s skinnier frame. “When my mom saw the film, she saw Lily’s reaction because she knows me the best,” she shared. “The first time she was a bit in shock…The second time I looked over at the end and she was sobbing; it really hit her hard.”
Collins’ “To The Bone” follows the story of an anorexic woman who is challenged by her doctor to face her demons, embrace life and fight her illness.