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‘If they don’t necessarily see you in the part, that can be an issue,’ actress tells MTV News of book series’ loyal readers.
Among the movie-obsessed here at MTV News, there is always a lot of talk about highly anticipated upcoming films. Naturally, the summer blockbusters garner their fair share of enthusiasm, but recently, a lot of talk has turned toward the much-buzzed-about book-to-screen adaptations of young adult novels such as “The Hunger Games” and “The Mortal Instruments.”
Speaking to director Scott Stewart’s adaptation of “Mortal Instruments,” MTV News recently caught up with lucky actress Lily Collins, who will portray fan-favorite protagonist Clarissa “Clary” Fray, about what makes the film and book series so special.
“It’s an amazing series of books,” Collins gushed to MTV News at WonderCon. “Cassandra Clare’s books are incredible. I’m a huge fan myself, so to be able to play the heroine I love is incredible. It’s a story based on a young woman, an empowered young woman [who is] confident and determined, and she ends up surprising everyone with her abilities,” Collins explained. “I think it’s incredible for the story to be about a young girl and not one that is just a girl in the story. It really is her story.”
Exclusive: Lily Collins talks Priest, Abduction, The Mortal Intruments and The Brothers Grimm: Snow White at WonderCon. I have added a video interview and a written one to this post, enjoy!
Lily Collins has won the actors lottery. I say this because after starring as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side, Collins jumped into filming director Scott Stewarts Priest alongside Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban, and Maggie Q. A short time after that, she starred alongside Taylor Lautner in director John Singleton’s Abduction, which gets released this September. While that would be great for almost any actor, in the past two weeks she’s been named the frontrunner to play Stormy Llewellyn in director Stephen Sommers Odd Thomas, and she landed her biggest role to date: Snow White in director Tarsem Singh’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Needless to say, Collins is about to lose her anonymity.
At this past weekend’s WonderCon, I got to sit down with Collins for an extended video interview. We talked about attending her first convention, how she got into acting, her character in Priest, filming Abduction and what it was like to work with Lautner and all his Twilight fans, what’s up with Mortal Instruments (talks about how she is tweeting as her character and the movie is filming in 3D), and we end the interview talking about getting cast as Snow White and what can people expect. She reveals they start filming in June and she will be training for “quite a bit of fighting.” Hit the jump to read or watch the interview.
Here’s the time index. Further down is what she said about Abduction, Mortal Instruments and The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. At the bottom of the page is the video interview.
• Collins was busy shooting Abduction in Pittsburgh while Comic Con was going on, so this is her first convention. If she could walk the convention floor, she would
• 1:10 – She comes from a creative family (her father is Phil Collins), and she has acted since she was 2 years old.
• 2:10 – Talks about her Priest character Lucy, who is not in the graphic novel.
• 3:25 – She visited the Starbucks near the Sony lot in costume as
• 4:00 – Talks about filming Abduction with John Singleton, Taylor Lautner, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs
• 5:25 – Admires Lautner’s dedication to his many fans.
• 6:20 – Collins is a fan of the Mortal Instruments books, so she is very aware of the fan response to her casting.
• 7:05 – Stewart has talked to her about his vision for Mortal Instruments and filming in 3D.
• 7:40 – She is tweeting in character (@LilyAsClaryFray), and there is a Facebook page set up for her to interact with fans.
• 8:30 – She just found out about being cast as Snow White. It’s a “dream come true.”
• 9:15 – Collins discusses the fairy tale trend in movies. They are “Tarsem-ing” Snow White.
• 10:20 – They start filming Snow White this June in Montreal. She will be training for “quite a bit of fighting” that she’ll do in the movie.
Collider: Talk a little about making that film and working with John [Singleton] and Taylor [Lautner] and the experience.
Collins: I just finished shooting three months in Pittsburgh for Abduction. And again, completely different genre — action thriller, very Bourne Ultimatum-esque. Working with John Singleton, who is an incredible director, so enthusiastic and engergetic. Action phenomenon. Taylor Lautner, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs — Oscar-nominated actors! To be surrounded by them, to learn from them was amazing. That was working almost everyday, high action, high energy. I was so excited when I heard they had shown the trailer and people loved it. I’m very excited about it.
I have finally added some photos of Lily from yesterdays Priest event at the 2011 WonderCon. She looked so amazing, loved what she was wearing. I have added 18 MQ images to the gallery and hopefully I will get a hold of some HQ’s soon. Enjoy!
Here’s a video with Lily at the WonderCon Priest panel, where she’s talking about her upcoming projects Snow White and The Mortal Instruments. I have also added a video with Lily at the panel discussing her Priest role.
I have added clips of Lily Collins in the Priest panel at WonderCon 2011. Check it out.
Lily Collins is stepping into two huge roles. It was just announced that she’s playing Snow White in the untitled film where Julia Roberts plays the Evil Queen. And she’s also starring in the movie of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments.
We got a chance to talk to Lily Collins about taking on the challenging Snow White role, and she told a Wondercon crowd about her excitement at taking on Clare’s epic saga.
So who is Lily Collins? She was in The Blind Side, and she also plays the young girl who gets kidnapped by vampires in Priest. And she’s the daughter of former Genesis frontman Phil Collins — talking to reporters at Wondercon, she said that he’s a proud father and she’s a proud daughter.
Collins’ movie is one of three Snow White films in the pipeline, but apart from the casting of Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, her film has another huge advantage — it’s directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals). Collins told us:
I’ve met Tarsem but I’m excited to meet the cast. I’m excited to start training and just getting into the costumes and everything. I was just cast yesterday. It’s all new and fresh for me.
And meanwhile, she’ll be reunited with her Priest director, Scott Stewart, for Clare’s Mortal Instruments, in which supernatural forces battle in present-day New York. Collins told the Priest panel at Wondercon:
Mortal Instruments is a huge deal for me. I’m a fan myself. So I am so excited for the fourth book to come out, and to be able to portray a heroine that I have loved reading and imagined in my head to be that girl and to work with Scott [Stewart] again.
She said that Screen Gems, which is making Mortal, is very willing to be accomodating schedule-wise, so she can make the as-yet-untitled Snow White film as well.
On Friday, April 1, Relativity Media announced that Lily Collins, co-star of the upcoming movie “Priest,” was cast as the title character in Tarsem’s adaptation of “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.” Speakeasy sat down for an exclusive interview with Collins, where she revealed how she was cast as Snow White, and how the film will revamp the fairy tale to give it a more modern twist.
Speakeasy: What was the casting process for “Snow White,” and how much time have you spent with the director, Tarsem?
The audition process was less than 24 hours for me. I was cast yesterday, but the day before, I read at like three o’clock in the afternoon, and then met Tarsem that night and yesterday was cast. So it’s been the quickest, most incredible casting process ever. So I know he’s here, and I’m excited to get into the details of it knowing that I am the character. I’m so excited!
When you go in to an audition, do you have the character completely defined, or do you give them ideas and then fully develop her on set?
I always go into an audition fully prepared to give my perspective on it first, and then I love to play around; I’m one of the rare people that loves the audition process, because I love working with people that are going to create the film. So if I go in and do something and they respond to it or they don’t, I want to play around with the feedback they have, and then change it up quickly, or whatever it is. And then I know that on the day or if you get cast, it’s going to be a creative process all over again. So it’s just a meeting of the minds.
As said before Lily did attend the 2011 WonderCon along with some of her cast mates from Priest. She looked so amazing at the event and I have added 15 HQ and MQ photos to the gallery. I wanna thank my dear friend Roberta for the HQ ones. Go to the gallery right now and enjoy these great photos.
Tonight I was able to see some footage from Scott Stewart’s Priest as Screen Gems premiered a few scenes to a number of WonderCon attendees. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the film stars Paul Bettany as a renegade warrior priest who goes on the hunt for his niece who’s been kidnapped by vampires. The 3D film also stars Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins. Hit the jump for my reaction to the footage.
We were shown one full sequence from Priest, as well as with a sizzle reel. The sequence that we saw was dubbed the “night shade” sequence and opens with Bettany and Gigandet going down this large manhole at dusk. Once underground, they encounter what look like albino monks who are presumably servants to the vampires nested below, waiting for the sun to go down. We get a bit of action, as Bettany and Gigandet battle a few of these servants, but the sun starts to set and we get the feeling that shit’s about to go down.
Well, we were right. Night hits, and out crawl the vampires. However, if you’ve seen the trailer, you know the vampires don’t really look much like any other vampires we’ve been presented with. They have no eyes (kind of like The Pale Man in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth), and their mouth is narrow, making way for hook-like fangs. Their body shape is relatively human, but they have large claws on for hands.
After a long search, Relativity Media has found its Snow White, as Lily Collins is in talks to star in Tarsem Singh’s untitled 3D pic based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale.
Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller wrote the pic, which Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh will produce along with Bernie Goldman and Brett Ratner.
Julia Roberts is set to play the Queen and Armie Hammer was recently cast as Prince Andrew Alcott.
Pic finds Snow White banding together with seven quarrelsome dwarfs to reclaim her kingdom.
“Snow White” is scheduled to begin production this May, and Relativity will release the film on June 29, 2012.
Collins broke out playing Sandra Bullock’s daughter in “The Blind Side.” She next stars in Screen Gems’ “Priest” and Lionsgate’s Taylor Lautner thriller “Abduction.” Collins is also set to star in Screen Gems’ “Mortal Instruments,” which she will shoot immediately following “Snow White.”
Collins is repped by CAA.