Lily Collins Says Having a Famous Parent Didn't Help Her in Show Biz at All

Lily Collins may have made quite the name for herself as an actress in her own right, but once upon a time, she was just another famous musician's kid. In a cover interview for the October issue of Marie Claire UK, the 25-year-old opened up on how being Phil Collins' daughter helped her in show business -- it didn't.

The Blind Side actress confessed that being related to someone famous didn't help her land any roles, not even a coveted one on Gossip Girl that she auditioned for. And even though she didn't get the part on the popular CW show, she now feels like it was a good thing.


"I tested for Gossip Girl," she admitted. "I wanted to be in it so badly, I thought at the time it was the end of the world."

She wouldn't confess which character she read for, but the two leading female roles, Serena van deer Woodsen and Blair Waldorf, ended up being played by Blake Lively and Leighton Meester, respectively.

It seems as though the casting director actually did her a favor, because Collins now feels like a role on that show would've "pigeon-holed" her.

"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," she said. "I wouldn't have done the films I've done, and everything would have been so different."

She also admitted that being a celebrity kid didn't help her at all.

"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 explained. "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."

While she is a talented, gorgeous actress, we can't help but think having a famous parent opened a few doors that otherwise would've remained shut to her. Sure, she has to stand on her own two feet in an audition to get a part -- but doesn't she know how hard it is to even get an audition in tinsel-town?

Do you think having famous parents is helpful when trying to break into a career in acting?


Image via Marie Claire UK

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