The ‘Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ actress initially thought ‘it was the end of the world’ when she didn’t get the role, but now she can see the positive side.
Lily Collins reveals she was up for a role on “Gossip Girl”, but she didn’t get the part. In an interview for the October issue of Marie Claire U.K., the 25-year-old beauty opens up about how she felt when she got rejected from the teen drama series, which later became a popular show on The CW.
“I tested for ‘Gossip Girl’,” the daughter of singer Phil Collins says. “I wanted to be in it so badly, I thought at the time it was the end of the world.” She, however, now sees it as a blessing in disguise. She shares, “Now I think, ‘Well I would have got pigeon-holed, have had to move to New York, leave high school and be signed away for six years.’ I wouldn’t have done the films I’ve done, and everything would have been so different.”
Collins, who has starred in such films as “The Blind Side”, “Mirror Mirror” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”, says having a famous father didn’t help her in the show business. “When I first met with agents I was asked, ‘Well, what makes you so special? Everybody in LA is a cousin or a daughter of someone,’ ” she recalls.
She continues, “At the beginning, that was the most interesting thing about me. Now I’ve done eight films, it’s an afterthought. I get kids who say, ‘Oh, I love your movie, but my mum loves your dad.’ It’s really nice to be able to share that with him, but it doesn’t define who I am career-wise.”
Collins doesn’t mention which role she eyed on “Gossip Girl”, but Blake Lively and Leighton Meester ended up taking the lead roles on the hit show, which helped them and their co-stars such as Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Taylor Momsen and Ed Westwick propel to fame.