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Even before the trailer for her new Netflix movie To the Bone debuted online, actress Lily Collins has already opened up about how personal her role in the movie is for her.
During the Sundance Film Festival, the 28-year-old actress talked about her movie with Unreal co-creator and Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Nixon (who also fought with anorexia before) and her own battle with eating disorders.
She told Variety in January, "This movie was really important for me to be a part of because as a teenager I suffered from eating disorders. So this was something that right away when I met Marti, I was like, 'Oh my God! We have to work together, we have to tell this story,' because it's something incredibly taboo for young men and women to talk about especially in this day and age where it's more and more prevalent." (via Telegraph.co.uk)
And today, we're finally getting a preview of Lily's incredible portrayal in To the Bone.
In this movie, Lily plays Ellen, an artist who's sent by her family to a group home for a non-traditional recovery program. While she thinks it's just another failed rehab attempt, Ellen ends up getting inspiration from the other people who are going through their own battles.
For To the Bone, the actress had to lose weight (under medical supervision, of course) and go through all of Ellen's emotions in the story. Lily opened up about it in an interview with Refinery 29, saying that it was both a scary and risky process for her.
"It was something that I thought is risky, because there's a fine line between facing something head-on and succeeding, or falling back into it," she said. "But I knew that, this time, I would be held accountable for it. I would be [losing weight] under the supervision of a nutritionist and surrounded by all these amazing women on set. So, I knew that I would be in a safe environment to explore this."
To the Bone premieres on Netflix this July.