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Lily Collins Stars in To the Bone, a Film About Anorexia

'To the Bone'. Lily Collins. Sundance 2017.

Lily Collins, who struggled with anorexia as a teen, is reliving her eating disorder past in the movie To the Bone.

The trailer, which was released yesterday, shows Collins as Ellen, an artist whose family sends her to an unconventional recovery program, headed by Keanu Reeves’ character.

Reeves’ character says to Collins, “You do a lot of sit-ups. I’m not going to treat you if you aren’t interested in living.”

The trailer portrays Collins in an emaciated state, with her spine visible and wearing dark eye makeup and a melancholy facial expression to match her mood.

Collins, who just began to publicly discuss her eating disorder in her book (Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me) last year, said she was a bit hesitant to take on the role at first.

“I retracted because I thought, I am 10 years [past my eating disorder],” Collins told Vanity Fair in January. “Why would I want to put myself back in that situation? . . . And I read the script, and right away I was just in awe. Because it is not just a story about anorexia. It is so much more.”

Collins lost weight for the film, with the help of a nutritionist. She said she was a bit worried about reverting back to her old habits, but took on the role to benefit others who are struggling with disorders.

“This is either something you need to address yourself, or something you need to bring to new people,” Collins said later in the interview. “It’s a conversation that you need to help start among young people—males and females—because it is becoming more and more prevalent for both now.”

To the Bone premieres July 14 on Netflix.

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