Welcome to Love, Lily, your newest source for all things on the beautiful and talented, Lily Collins. You may recognize Lily from her roles in "The Blind Side," "Stuck In Love," "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "Love, Rosie." She currently stars in "The Last Tycoon" and will soon be seen in "Rules Don't Apply," "To the Bone," and "Okja." Please take a look around the site and be sure to visit again to stay up to date with all the latest news, photos, and more on Lily!
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emily   /   Nov 22,2016   /   0 Comments

LA TIMES – “Warren Beatty wants you to call him at home.”

This was the message Lily Collins received out of the blue three years ago, just hours before she was about to embark on a European press tour. She had never met the Hollywood legend before, but she called him anyway. He told her he was directing a new movie and felt like he’d met on it with every other actress in town, save for her.

So in the midst of packing, Collins invited Beatty over. He told her his next film was set in the 1950s and involved Howard Hughes, but didn’t reveal anything else about the project. Mostly, he just wanted to get a sense of Collins’ personality. Then he left, and she flew off to promote “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

It was supposed to be a pivotal moment in Collins’ career. She was starring in a young adult adaptation that was meant to turn into the next “Hunger Games” franchise. But when the action flick didn’t perform at the box office, its sequel was scrapped. Discouraged, Collins returned to Los Angeles.

I came home, and all of a sudden I became available,” Collins recalled, sitting in the expansive Beverly Hills home where she was raised. “So Warren started inviting me to a bunch of lunches and dinners with him and Annette [Bening, his wife, who plays Collins’ mother in the film]. I didn’t want to ask too many questions or give him any reason to back off. And I thought, ‘At the end of the day, if none of this goes anywhere, I have the coolest stories to tell and I’ve learned so much from him already.’”

By the sixth meeting or so, Beatty finally told Collins about his movie, “Rules Don’t Apply,” which opens Wednesday. The film follows aspiring starlet Marla Mabrey, who moves from Virginia to L.A. after being hired as a contract actress for Hughes [played by Beatty]. Once she lands in Hollywood, she struggles to maintain her moral compass — especially as she becomes entangled in romances with her driver [Alden Ehrenreich] and even Hughes himself.

After Beatty at last told Collins the film’s plot, he invited her over to his house to read the screenplay he’d written.

He put me into a library with the script and pencils and Post-Its and water,” the 27-year-old recalled, “and he would come in and check on me. ‘How are you liking it? What do you think? Do you like it?’”

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emily   /   Nov 12,2016   /   0 Comments

VARIETY – Born in England and raised in Southern California, Lily Collins, daughter of singer/songwriter Phil Collins, started acting at a young age, with credits that include “The Blind Side” and “Mirror Mirror.” She stars with Alden Ehrenreich in Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply,” with Beatty as Howard Hughes. The film bows at the AFI Festival before its big-screen launch Nov. 23.

What was it like being on set with Warren Beatty?
He wore so many hats, as director, producer, writer, actor. He’s so lovely and so mentorish to me. You always hope someone will take you under their wing and teach you — when it’s Warren Beatty, it’s like, “Oh my god, how is this real?”

What was the best advice he gave you?
Allow yourself to surprise yourself. And, the instant you give it up to the moment and are present, something happens. But it only happens when you trust the people around you. I trusted him, Alden, and the rest of the cast and crew.

Describe your character.
Marla is an extremely optimistic, passionate young woman who comes to Hollywood thinking she knows it all. She thinks she has a certain set of rules to be successful. Through her trials and tribulations here, she realizes it isn’t all what it seems.

Can you relate to her?
Completely. I think she’s very open in her turmoil in the beginning — she’s very vocal about it. Maybe some of the other characters I’ve played have been more closed off, and not been as honest about how they feel, emotionally.”

What was the most interesting thing you learned about Howard Hughes?
I knew basics. I knew who he was, and I knew his influence in film and some in aviation. But I didn’t know he was so forward-thinking — or how political he was, or how vast his influence was. He’s an enigma, but at the same time he was so present in many facets of different industries.

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emily   /   Nov 12,2016   /   0 Comments

FASHION MAGAZINE – When someone as legendary as Warren Beatty handpicks a woman to be the leading lady in a film he’s directing, expect her career to soar. After all, this is the man who cast former flame Madonna and current wife Annette Bening in two of the biggest dramas of the ’90s: Dick Tracy and Bugsy. He also starred alongside some extremely talented women throughout the ’60s (Natalie Wood in Splendor In The Grass), ’70s (Goldie Hawn in Shampoo), ’80s (Diane Keaton in Reds), and late ’90s (Halle Berry in Bullworth) and is known for dating the likes of Cher, Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand and Carly Simon.

This is all to say that the man is obsessively drawn to talent on and off the screen, and choosing Lily Collins to be the lead in his latest film, Rules Don’t Apply—where he plays Howard Hughes and she plays acting ingénue Marla Mabrey—seems to be consistent with his taste. The 27-year-old has been acting since she was 2, had a big break in the blockbuster film, Mirror, Mirror and has since been cast in a dozen big projects, including Okja, an upcoming Netflix series she stars in alongside Tilda Swinton.

While in Toronto to do the publicity rounds for Rules Don’t Apply (which opens November 23), Collins spent the morning with FASHION, taking in Toronto’s sites, including the city’s Distillery District. While touring the area, she humoured us by answering a few fast ones.

When you first met Warren Beatty did you immediately feel like a quick connection?
To tell you the truth, during the first bunch of conversations we had, I didn’t know if he was sold on me at all. I was just having these amazing lunches with Warren. I didn’t know until a couple months after these chats that I even had the part. I didn’t know the story of the script until meeting four or five! The first meeting was at my house.

In terms of your connection to the character—who is a Hollywood ingénue—how would you say you’re most like Marla?
I think I’m most like her in that she’s so driven, passionate, and determined. At the beginning of the story, it’s Marla’s drive and passion that propels her forward through all these trials and tribulations. I’m someone who’s extremely passionate and dedicated to what I believe in and what I want to do. When I was starting out in the industry, I got told “no” so many times. It didn’t deter me from continuing. I really pushed through. I think Marla’s tenacity is very much like mine.

How would you say you are least like her?
She left Hollywood. It was too much for her to handle in the situation that she was in. I admire what she did because she needed to mature. She wanted to be a mother and knew Hollywood wasn’t the place for her. I think I have a support system around me and people that I trust within the industry. If there are any things that come up that are problems that are hard to deal with, I have a supportive backbone to help me get through them. She didn’t have that.

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emily   /   Nov 04,2016   /   0 Comments

NY TIMES – In her latest film, “Rules Don’t Apply” (out on Nov. 23), Lily Collins, 27, plays an aspiring actress, but in real life her career is red-hot. Along with the film (and three more movies arriving in 2017), she has written a memoir titled “Unfiltered,” to be released in March. Raised mostly in Los Angeles, Ms. Collins spent summers in England, where her father, the musician Phil Collins, lives. Here, she shares her skin-care and beauty regimen.

Skin Care
First, I splash cold water on my face just to wake me up. Then I use the Lancôme Énergie de Vie line. I’m an ambassador for the brand, so I’ve tested the products. These are the ones that work for me because I feel they brighten, and the finishes aren’t sticky. I use the facial wash, the toner gel and a cream. Then I always put on a sunscreen.

There’s no California tan about me. People assume I can’t tan, but I actually can. I went on a trip to Hawaii when I was younger and came back so tan that people were like, “What happened?” It’s just not something I actively do. I want to embrace my ivory. I’ve been using a Kiehl’s sunscreen, which is super-light and doesn’t have a fragrance.

During the day, I’m constantly reapplying hand cream. My grandma used to do it all the time, so maybe I got it from her. I love the smell of rose, and there’s a Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream with a rosewater scent that I have with me everywhere. It’s so silky, and it makes your cuticles look amazing.

Makeup
When I’m off duty, I wear very little. My motto is the less there is on you, the less there is to go wrong. If I am wearing makeup, I love the Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow. It’s so luminous. And it lets my freckles still shine through. If I need it, I do the Armani powder, too. The important thing, especially in L.A., is that nothing looks coated on. You’ve got the sun and pollution already, so you don’t want more stuff clogging you up.

Then I always do a swipe of mascara. Then my brows. I’m very thankful the whole big brow look is an “in” thing now. I’m like, “Everybody keep embracing them.” They do need to be tamed on occasion. I use the clear Great Lash mascara from Maybelline for that.

I always wear lip balm. I love Smith’s Rosebud Salve. I’m constantly reapplying. If I’m going out, I may throw on a bit of blush and a lip. I really love the YSL lip colors. I’ll go for a deep plum. It works with my pale complexion and dark hair. It may take me a while to get it perfect. I’m no makeup genius.

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emily   /   Oct 19,2016   /   0 Comments

DUJOUR – Don’t confuse Lily Collins with the period heroines she often plays in movies, the Rules Don’t Apply star is very much a contemporary woman

As Lily Collins slinks back into a deep brown leather sofa after the photo shoot she just completed, a beam of light catches a speck of glitter that remains in her eyelashes, creating an illusion of glamorous tears about to stream down her dewy cheeks. But if there’s any young woman with little reason to weep, it’s the 27-year-old actress who won the coveted lead role in Warren Beatty’s romantic drama Rules Don’t Apply, which could propel her to next level stardom when it opens November 23.

After all, as the daughter of British pop star Phil Collins and American antiques dealer Jill Tavelman, she had a rather privileged upbringing, spending her formative years in England before moving to Los Angeles at age five. She was presented as a debutante in Paris in 2007. As a broadcast journalism major at University of Southern California, she was recruited by Nickelodeon to report on the 2008 presidential election. She’s appeared in a string of popular films, including The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror, in which she made a picture-perfect Snow White. Her photogenic face landed her both a modeling career and a deal as ambassador for Lancôme cosmetics. Her lively social media accounts have millions of followers.

Despite all the spoils of her stardom, Collins did find ways to connect to her Rules character Marla Mabrey, a naive and virtuous beauty pageant winner invited to Hollywood in 1958 for a screen test by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. “She’s very open with her emotions and frustrations and how she feels about her insecurities,” Collins says. “I think her strength and tenacity is something that I could relate to.”

She goes on to divulge that, although she has been performing since she was two, she waited until she had developed enough confidence to accept the rejection that inevitably comes with auditioning before pursuing a film career. “I knew, just like Marla, that it was what I wanted. I knew it would happen at some point, but I had to be patient,” she shares. When that time came, however, the offers soon followed: almost immediately, she was cast in the 2009 Oscar-winning The Blind Side

It undoubtedly helps that Collins’ ethereal good looks recall Hollywood beauties of yesteryear, like Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood (who famously co-starred with and romanced Beatty). Surely, the resemblance didn’t go unnoticed by her director.

He did say that I reminded him of Natalie,” she admits demurely, adding that this was something she actually wrote in her journal while making the film. “I couldn’t believe he said that. It’s such a huge compliment. To be in the same sentence as any of those women I greatly admire is a huge compliment.”

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emily   /   Sep 05,2016   /   0 Comments

DEADLINERules Don’t Apply, which was written, produced, directed by and co-stars Warren Beatty in his first film in 15 years, has been selected to open the 30th edition of American Film Institute’s AFI Fest. The long-awaited film from New Regency and 20th Century Fox will bow November 10 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood before it hits theaters two weeks later on November 23. This pick was a no-brainer for AFI as Beatty has a storied history with the organization having been the recipient of their prestigious 2008 Life Achievement Award.

The new film, in which Beatty plays Howard Hughes and is set in 1958, has been a longtime dream project for the star and represents the first time he has directed since 1998’s acclaimed Bulworth. His last acting job in a movie came in 2001 with Town & Country. An Oscar-winning director for Reds in 1981, Beatty was also the recipient of the Academy’s Thalberg Award and holds the distinction of having been Oscar nominated for Actor,Director, Picture and Screenplay all in the same year — not just once but twice, for 1978’s Heaven Can Wait and Reds.

Warren Beatty has charmed and challenged moviegoers from his first moment on screen, and his talents as an actor, director, writer and producer have always transcended trends,” AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said. “AFI is honored to present the world premiere of his newest gift to America’s cultural legacy.” AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga added that this was the perfect film to open the 30th year of the perfectly timed fall festival (smack in the heart of awards season) since the film also takes place in Hollywood. “On opening night, the TCL Chinese Theatre, the quintessential temple of cinema in Hollywood, will shine a light on Rules Don’t Apply,” she said.

The film is about an aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) who struggle “hopefully” with the absurd eccentricities of eclectic billionaire Hughes, for whom they work. It has a sterling list of supporting players including Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Candice Berger, Steve Coogan, Ed Harris, Haley Bennett, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Oliver Platt, Taissa Farmiga, Megan Hilty and Martin Sheen.

With awards season set to kick off tomorrow in Venice followed by the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals, AFI Fest has become an important stop later in the game — especially for movies with high Oscar hopes that aren’t quite ready to premiere at the earlier festivals. It will run November 10-17 and you can expect several more prime contenders to be announced soon.

The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

emily   /   Jul 27,2016   /   3 Comments

DEADLINE – With a well-known title and formidable lead cast, Amazon’s The Last Tycoon pilot has been a strong contender for a series pickup. Now the project, toplined by Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt, has been ordered to series by the streaming service, I have learned. It comes from Sony TV’s TriStar Television. I hear Amazon’s other drama pilot from the batch, The Interestings, is not going forward.

Written and directed by Billy Ray based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, the brawny, imposing, charming and vain Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Having come from the streets, Brady has no intention of returning to his misfortune, and is determined to make sure his studio is successful, no matter what personal morals he compromises. Dewitt plays Pat Brady’s wife, Rose Brady, who may be involved with Stahr.

In The Last Tycoon‘s 1976 big-screen adaptation directed by Elia Kazan and written by Harold Pinter, the roles of Stahr and Brady were played by Robert De Niro and Robert Mitchum, respectively.

Bomer, Grammer and DeWitt all have toplined TV series before, USA’s White Collar (Bomer), Frasier and Boss, among others (Grammer) and Standoff (DeWitt). This marks Emmy winner Grammer’s return to drama series following his Golden Globe-winning turn on Boss. Bomer also won a Golden Globe, for HBO’s The Normal Heart, and recently co-starred on American Horror Story: Hotel. DeWitt has been focused on movies for the past few years, recently starring in Poltergeist.

Ray executive produces The Last Tycoon alongside Chris Keyser, who serve as showrunners, as well as Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin. Pulitzer-winning author and F.Scott Fitzgerald scholar A. Scott Berg served as consulting producer on the pilotThis marks TriStar TV’s second series at Amazon, joining Good Girls Revolt.