Lily Collins says she did not get a ‘free pass’ in Hollywood because of famous father Phil Collins

Lily Collins says she did not get a ‘free pass’ in Hollywood because of famous father Phil Collins
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Actress Lily Collins is more than just a pretty face or her father’s daughter.

Speaking candidly to Vogue Francethe 33-year-old says she resents comments suggesting she used her famous father, British singer Phil Collinsto open doors for her in the industry.

“It was out of the question that people would think that I use a free pass thanks to my name,” Lily told the fashion magazine.

‘I’m proud of my dad, but I wanted to be me, not just his daughter. For that, I was ready to wait to break through.”

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Phil and Lily Collins
Lily Collins with her father Phil Collins. (Getty)

After starring in films including The Blind Side in 2009 where she played Sandra Bullock‘s daughter and playing Twilight star Taylor Lautner‘s love interest in Abduction in 2011, Lily now stars in the hit Netflix series Emily in Paris – and she’s proud of how far she’s come on her own.

“By dint of failed castings, I learned to focus more on my work, and I managed to make acting my job. said Lily, whose actress mum Jill Tavelman was married to Collins from 1984 to 1996.

“But I’m not resting on my laurels: this environment is very competitive and places are expensive!”

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Musician Phil Collins, his daughter actress Lily Collins and her mom Jill Tavelman p at the premiere of Relativity Media's "Mirror Mirror" at the Chinese Theater on March 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Musician Phil Collins and ex-wife Jill Tavelman with their daughter Lily Collins. (Getty)

However, just don’t expect her to pivot her aspirations to music and follow in her father’s footsteps.

“I love to sing. But as I wanted to make my own way, far from the paternal genius, I preferred to be an actress,” Collins explained.

“I played in a few musicals because it’s the only setting in which I allow myself to sing. Frankly, I would be too afraid of comparisons!”

Lily Collins stars as Emily in the show
Lily Collins currently stars in the Netflix hit series Emily in Paris. (Netflix)

Earlier this year, Lily also recalled what it was like to be in her father’s shadow.

“When I was younger, trying to start my journey into the entertainment world, I was told by quite a few people, ‘Well, what makes you special? There’s so many different siblings and family members and people out there. Why you?'” she told Glamour UK.

But the judgement did not deter Collins from embracing her situation and famous last name.

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“I’m so incredibly proud of what my surname represents, for what my dad’s done. And I’m an incredibly proud daughter,” she said. “But I am going on my own path, my own journey. I didn’t want to change my last name.”

“I’m so incredibly proud of what my surname represents, for what my dad’s done. And I’m an incredibly proud daughter,” she said. “But I am going on my own path, my own journey. I didn’t want to change my last name.”

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