While discussing her new film To The Bone at Sundance Film Festival this week, actress Lily Collins opened up about her very personal connection to her character. With Lily Collins in the lead role, the film To The Bone centers around a young girl suffering from Anorexia and her unconventional doctor, played by Keanu Reeves. Discussing the dark comedy, Collins says
‘This was definitely a more dramatic role for me, I suffered with eating disorders when I was a teenager as well…and it did require a different set of emotional skills, to kind of go back in time for me, with you know, my experiences.’
The already thin actress notably lost a significant amount of weight for the film. While many found her sudden transformation to be a bit alarming, she assured those who were concerned that the weight loss was accomplished in a way that was completely safe, and not at all triggering for her.
‘It caused me to have to emotionally go there, but in a way that was the most safe, healthy way possible with a nutritionist, and really to physically go there but also emotionally,” explained the actress.
After sharing such a personal part of her past with others, the experience seemed cathartic for the actress. Collins took to Instagram afterwards, posting a photo of herself smiling and jumping in the air while discussing feeling “so free” and “owning her past.”
Chilled to the bone but feeling so free. What a huge moment this is for me. Owning my past, being open, and having no shame or regrets about my experiences. Sharing my history with eating disorders and how personal this film has been is one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Thank you for all your love and support. I'm sending all of mine right back (especially today!) and remember, you are never ever alone #Unfiltered…
Already a talented actress, Collins’ personal connection to her role in To The Bone is sure to produce a performance that is nothing short of amazing. We admire Lily Collins’ bravery in sharing her story and wish her the best. If you or anyone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, visit the National Eating Disorders Association website to find information on help and recovery.