Lily Collins is an eating disorder survivor, one who has both played an anorexic on-screen and opened up on a role where she lost weight despite her own history. The actress, 32, starred in 2017 movie "To The Bone," one coming years before she gained even greater fame via hit series "Emily in Paris."
"To The Bone" saw Lily playing a young woman battling anorexia and eventually winding up in an in-patient unit, with a little romance also in the air - this amid a powerful recovery storyline. Speaking to Harper's Bazaar of losing weight for the role and her own recovery journey, Lily said:
"I never reached the point where I needed medical attention and went to hospital, so I never took the time to talk about the facts."
"I was eating throughout the day – we took out lots of food groups, but I maintained energy so I never forgot lines, I never got sick, I never missed work. It's a miracle that my body kept functioning. There was never a goal weight that they wanted me to reach," she added.
"To The Bone" did bring some weight loss effects via pale makeup, but Lily did lose weight for the role - under the guidance of a nutritionist and medical team, though.
"I had already been re-reading journal entries from my experience, then I went to an anorexics anonymous group where we met young women in recovery and also their therapists. I met with the head of an anorexia clinic in LA so he gave me a lot of the factual info to understand the basics of the disorder," she continued, also adding that any advice she'd give to a sufferer is: "I wish I had had a film like this when I was ill as it would have made me feel less alone. Asking for health is not a weakness; it's a strength."
Lily currently stars as fashionista and marketing executive Emily in "Emily in Paris," now having aired its second season.