By: Alexis Kuskevics Full Name Lily Jane Collins Born March 18th, 1989, Guilford, UK Upcoming Projects ‘Love, Rosie’ Currently Promoting ‘The English Teacher’
The Blind Side, Abduction, Mirror Mirror, what do all these films have in common? Lily Collins is in them! Daughter of rock and roll star Phil Collins, Lily is already capturing hearts of fans in the early stages of her career. At the tender age of 24, Lily has filmed and released three motion pictures this year: The English Teacher with Academy Award Nominee Julianne Moore, Stuck In Love alongside Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly, and portrayed demon-kicking bad- ___ Clary Fray in the YA novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
But the most inspiring aspect about our England-born, American-raised lady is her determination for success. As the cover girl for Glamour Magazine’s July issue, she was asked about her experiment with journalism before she pursued acting. "I did wonder if journalism was my calling," she said. "I wanted to write for readers my own age, so I literally flipped to the page where it says who the editor is and started calling. Ten times someone's assistant said, "No, no, no, no." And finally someone put me through to the editor."
Seems like a lot of hard work for the daughter of a rock star, doesn't it? Many people are quick to assume her success is due to the fact her father is one of the most famous singers of the generation, though Lily was never the one to rely on connections. "I never wanted anyone making phone calls. A name can open doors, but there's a quote I like: "Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open."
And what else does she think is imperative when following one’s dreams? “Be an independent woman,” she told interviewer Carissa Rosenberg during her Seventeen cover shoot for September. “I never needed to define myself by guys. I didn’t want to change myself, my life, or my goals to fit in with somebody else’s.” She then concluded by saying, “You have to first figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.”
After winning ‘One to Watch’ at the Young Hollywood Awards in 2008, it is clear she has made her mark in the entertainment industry. With millions of fans obsessing over her daring fashion choices, character roles, and those infamous eyebrows, it’s easy to understand why Lily Collins was chosen for November’s Inspiration of the Month.