Five Favorite Films with Lily Collins

Plus, the star of Mirror Mirror on playing Snow White, tangling with Julia Roberts, and what she thinks of Kristen Stewart's take on the role.

Lily Collins was born into fame -- her dad, Phil, could bang a drum and write a hit tune or two -- but she found her own way into an acting career, performing in stage productions as a kid before working as a teenage Hollywood reporter and scoring small roles in movies like The Blind Side. This week she steps into the limelight as the star of Mirror Mirror, director Tarsem's visually energetic remix of the Snow White fairytale -- the first, and likely funniest, of this year's adaptations of the classic story. As the fairest of them all, Collins dazzles in the late, great Eiko Ishioka's exquisite costumes, while getting to put Julia Roberts' evil queen in her place and sharing her first kiss with Prince Winkelvoss, er, Charming, played with a degree of good sportsmanship by Armie Hammer.

We sat down with the English-born Collins recently in her adopted home of Los Angeles, where she talked about the movie, working with Tarsem and her thoughts on Kristen Stewart's not-really-a-rival take on Snow. First up, she talked us through her five favorite films.


Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003; 63% Tomatometer)

These are so raw -- this is who I am, these movies. [Laughs] They're very girly. In no particular order... Love Actually. Most of these movies have British accents in them, because, being from England, there's something about films that I watch that have a British accent that I just feel so at home with. That film I can watch any day and it makes me smile; and I love Christmas, so it kind of matches perfectly.




Pride and Prejudice (Joe Wright, 2005; 86% Tomatometer)

Pride and Prejudice. I love sweeping British drama period pieces and I hope that one day I can do one just like that, because, to me, I love old English literature. And I'm a big Keira Knightley fan. It's just so beautiful aesthetically and in terms of story.




Harry Potter series (Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates; 2001-11; 78-96% Tomatometers)

Harry Potter. All of them. [Laughs]

That's cheating. Do you have a particular favorite?

Is it cheating? [Laughs] It's hard to pick. I wouldn't necessarily know which. I mean, I love the Goblet of Fire. I don't know. Maybe the Goblet of Fire. I read those books so quickly when I was a kid, because that whole world was so, like... it took me out of my reality. And I just love magic and I loved that whole world, the creatures, and just how you felt so friendly with all the characters. The way they translated that into movies, I thought was genius. You know when they take a book, and they make it a movie, and you hope that it's gonna be everything that you hope for and more? To me they just succeeded. I don't know, I just love them so much. Every time I'm sick I'll watch a marathon of them and I can repeat all the words.

Hopefully you're sick for a while... I mean, so you can watch them all.

[Laughs] I know, they're so long. I just had laryngitis, so...




The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985; 91% Tomatometer)

Breakfast Club. I was actually having trouble because I would say Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club, but that would be three. Of all three, Breakfast Club is my favorite. But those John Hughes films, with Molly Ringwald and the Brat Pack, those are my favorite grouped films. They're just so... they're timeless. I feel like, even when you're watching them now, they're so modern, and the characters are so real. They're just so appealing to me. I watched them with my mom when I was really young. I always would watch things with my mom that maybe other moms wouldn't allow their kids to watch. I associated with them right away. I just really, really love John Hughes.

Who's your favorite character in the movie?

I love Molly Ringwald. But I also love the basket case, Ally Sheedy -- you know, with the pixie sticks and the crunching of the sandwich. She's so fantastic.




Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954; 91% Tomatometer)

Sabrina, with Audrey Hepburn. I actually spent my New Year's this year watching Sabrina, and as it turned midnight I paused it and it was just her face on screen, smiling. I was like, "What a cool way to start the New Year." She is just someone I've always admired. She says so much without saying anything at all. And back then they didn't do such fast cuts in films; they stayed on a character's face long enough for them to go from one emotion to another, and for the audience to really feel the emotion with each character -- and she in that movie just goes from so many endearing moments to moments of sadness and laughter. It's just such a classic, and I love black and white. So, that's my list!



Next, Collins on playing Snow White in Mirror Mirror, what she thinks of Kristen Stewart's take, and her favorite song by her dad.

Comments

nongshim

Nong Shim

awww, i know a lot of people hate the 2005 pnp, but i really honestly love it.

Mar 26 - 07:53 PM

okayflint

First Last

im with you, pretty great film

Mar 28 - 10:51 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

I like it a lot, and it's beautiful, but it's got nothing on other adaptations of the novel. coughBBCcough.

Apr 21 - 02:59 AM

Jason H.

Jason Huang

loved pride and prejudice, love actually was a little overrated, and harry potter series was GREAT except for number 6 and number 7 part 1...

Mar 26 - 08:37 PM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Goblet of Fire is my personal least favorite Potter film (still a very good movie), but I love the Harry Potter series as well. Just that whole phenomenon (I grew up with the books and films) is so dear to my heart, that even though they're not all perfect, they were still very well-done and I love them. I generally look at the Harry Potter books and movies as a big series as well (if I were to put them in a list I would group them all together).

Mar 26 - 08:43 PM

Corr

Alexander Sciury

I really don't like Lily Collins as an actress. Every movie she's been in that I have seen she just bugs me.
I can't really comment on her picks, the only one I've seen is Pride and Prejudice, and that was pretty good.

Mar 26 - 08:52 PM

Holden D.

Holden Drover

You need to watch more movies... now! :)

Mar 31 - 04:17 PM

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Sam Schaust

Sam Schaust

exactly what I was thinking.

Mar 27 - 09:55 PM

Ehsan

Ehsan Traa

you comment made my day ; )

Apr 19 - 06:03 PM

Holden D.

Holden Drover

It seems that beautiful girls are the only people with favorite films... haha

I'm really curious to see what a lot of Actors out there would pick... not just the current faces.

Mar 31 - 04:20 PM

Holden D.

Holden Drover

But don't get me wrong, i think she's insanely beautiful. And those are great movies..

Mar 31 - 04:21 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

What? No "Buster"? Blows.

Mar 26 - 10:22 PM

dick d.

dick draper

Well, aside from Billy Wilder.

Mar 26 - 10:44 PM

David Long

David Long

Well i can tell some people havent seen The Breakfast Club or Sabrina cause those are pretty great movies.

Mar 26 - 10:51 PM

Liam Best

Liam Best

Straight up - breakfast club is pretty awesome!

Mar 27 - 02:11 AM

Holden D.

Holden Drover

Definitely.

Mar 31 - 04:24 PM

Tran Nguyen

Tran Nguyen

I love Goblet of Fire too, but I think DHP2 takes my no. spot in terms of Harry Potter films.

Mar 26 - 11:15 PM

Cal Doritosaurus

Cal Doritosaurus

Surprised (people on the internet never cease to amaze me) at how much hate this list is getting.

The only one of these I haven't seen is Sabrina... The Breakfast Club is one of the most acclaimed teen movies of all time, Love Actually, however schmaltzy, is one of my favourites as well, the Harry Potter is easy to love, and the favourites of a fair few people I know, and one of my favourite franchises due to the high standard it kept to the very end. Pride and Prejudice surprised me with how enjoyable it is.

Yes, I understand how cool it is to hate on young actors and actresses, especially when they aren't elitist film douches, but people should really pull their heads out of their poopers.

Mar 27 - 01:17 AM

Kameron Cruz

Kameron Cruz

They prefer lists like the one made by Dicaprio- where he lists every pretentious artsy fartsy movie he can think of.

Feb 28 - 09:14 AM

Liam Best

Liam Best

Straight up - breakfast club is pretty awesome!

Mar 27 - 02:11 AM

Holden D.

Holden Drover

Definitely.

Mar 31 - 04:24 PM

Nick Fury

Nick Fury

Finally, someone who mentioned Harry Potter!

Mar 27 - 02:26 AM

Melissa Westmoreland

Melissa Westmoreland

None of these are bad films. I personally like Breakfast Club and Pride and Prejudice out the batch.

Mar 27 - 03:40 AM

James Robbins

James Robbins

none are bad...none are great

Mar 27 - 10:59 AM

Mr. Dufresne

Chip McNair

Why does everybody have to love "great" movies? Why can't people just be true to themselves?

Mar 27 - 06:58 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Breakfast Club defined a generation and is probably the greatest film John Hughes ever made. Now for me it'd be pretty hard to say John Hughes wasn't a great filmmaker ipso fatso it's hard for me to say The Breakfast Club isn't a great film.

Mar 28 - 06:58 PM

Anton Medina

Anton Medina

Ohh wait, are you the guy that thinks his movies are the best out there? I bet those movies you think are 'GREAT' aren't so great to others. Get real.

Mar 28 - 07:31 PM

Kameron Cruz

Kameron Cruz

Sabrina is a great film. Hepburn's best next to Roman Holiday.

Feb 28 - 09:15 AM

Jack M.

Jack Mehoff

This list is not terrible. It is her picks and she seems to like romances and Harry Potter. Every list does not need to have 90's across the board. It is a list of their favorite films for a reason.

Mar 27 - 03:49 AM

mskeezer

Thomas Medford

Finally, an honest list. Say what you want but this is a list I can respect. It's refreshing to not see the same fucking movies listed over and over.

Mar 27 - 05:03 AM

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