Published by Neide Published on July 15, 2017

Writer & director Marti Noxon joins cast members Lily Collins, Keanu Reeves, and Alex Sharp, along with Project Heal and community experts, to discuss To The Bone and how it’s about more than eating disorders. It’s about family, life’s magic, and starting a conversation.

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Lilyians as you must know, To The Bone debuts today on Netflix! This is a very special project for Lily Collins and the director Marti Noxon as it brings up a subject that nowadays is still seen as a taboo, anorexia. The Hollywood Reporter has published an article about the movie, in which Lily and Marti speak about what inspired the story, the controversy and much more. You can ready the article bellow!

What Is It About?

To The Bone stars Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman who makes a last attempt to conquer her severe anorexia by entering a group recovery home. Keanu Reeves plays the home’s lead doctor, Carrie Preston plays her stepmother, and Alex Sharp, Alanna Ubach and Retta are among those who help her through the program.

The dramedy, which Netflix acquired after it premiered at Sundance to positive reviews, debuts in limited theaters and on the platform on July 14. THR’s film critic called it “occasionally harrowing but also surprisingly warm and funny.”

Who Inspired the Story?

The film is based on the experiences of Marti Noxon, who created the Bravo series Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and helped launch the Lifetime drama UnReal. Noxon, who makes her feature directorial debut with the movie, spent much of her teens and early 20s in and out of hospitals. “In writing this, I didn’t want to try to show the particularities of this one ism, but to talk about the underlying issues,” Noxon (second from right, above) tells THR. “Eating disorders for me, like substance abuse [for others], was me wanting to escape a certain pain or level of feeling that I didn’t want to have, and until I faced those feelings, I wasn’t going to get better. I think that’s universal — it’s no different from using drugs or alcohol or any other thing to not feel.”

Collins herself also suffered from anorexia in real life. She received the script while writing about her own experience for her recently-released memoir, and was drawn to its authenticity as well as its surprising sense of humor. “It was so serendipitous,” Collins recalls. “I feel very fortunate to have had the experience when your life’s mission and the mission of a movie so brilliantly get to be intertwined.”

Published by Neide Published on July 14, 2017

USA Today wasn’t the only publication Lily spoke to while doing press for To The Bone. Harper’s Bazaar was another publication that Lily spoke with, in which she is questioned about how she did research for the movie, the key factors that helped her recover from the eating disorder and what advice would she give anyone who’s suffering from it.

Playing an anorexia victim would be a challenging role for any actress, let alone if they’ve suffered from an eating disorder in the past. Lily Collins took the risk when she took on To The Bone, which stages the journey of a young woman battling with anorexia as she enters a group rehabilitation home.

Directed by Marti Noxon – best known for her producing and directing work on TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer – the film is part autobiographical, rendering it more accurate than former, more simplistic screen representations of the disorder – there are secret sit-ups in the dead of the night, xylophone chests and animal-like cries of the truly tormented. Although expectedly disturbing in parts, it’s also flecked with a dark humour that was important to both Collins and Noxon.

Collins herself lost a huge amount of weight for the part and, harrowingly, was even complimented on her appearance – a dangerous situation to be in for someone who has fought an eating disorder in the past. However, it’s exactly reactions like these that prompted her to sign up to the film – which at that point didn’t even have a distributor.

Ahead of the film’s Netflix release on Friday 14 July, we talked to Collins about the project and how it helped her come to terms with her own relationship with food.

Given your history, did you have any reservations about taking the role on?

“I got this script randomly – I had ironically just written a chapter in my book about my history having an eating disorder just a week prior. So it felt that the universe was saying that this is probably something you should be talking about on a much larger scale. I never reached the point where I needed medical attention and went to hospital, so I never took the time to talk about the facts. You tend to surround yourself with myth when you’re going through an eating disorder. I saw it as an opportunity to better understand my disorder better. I was nervous, but also really excited to finally tell my story through a character, but also unburden myself. It was very freeing.”

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Lily sat down with USA Today recently, where she spoke about why she chose to take on the role of Ellen in Netflix’s anorexia movie, her own experiences and much more. You can read the whole interview bellow!

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — In Netflix’s new anorexia movie To the Bone (streaming Friday), Lily Collins’ character Ellen has a compulsive habit of measuring her tiny arm. The young woman wraps her thumb and middle finger around her barely-there bicep to check that her fingertips meet. They usually do — that’s how sickly she is — and indicate how small Collins chose to get for the part.

Beefing up and slimming down for roles is all part of the job of an actor. But for Collins, 28, there was an added danger: She wanted to look like someone with anorexia, years after overcoming her own disordered eating, which included consuming nearly nothing, using diet pills and throwing up.

“I personally knew that this was something I needed to do to tell this story,” says Collins, who struggled with both anorexia and bulimia. “I wanted to be able to best exert my experiences on (Ellen) by going to the lengths I felt comfortable going to as an actor.”

That meant looking thin enough to worry her fans, who “lovingly, were concerned” after seeing the actress in paparazzi photos taken while she was preparing for the movie. She won’t disclose how much she lost, “but I was held accountable by a nutritionist, by (our director), by my mother, by our producer,” she says.

“There was never any time limit, there was never a (weight) number, (but) I didn’t want to get to the end of this experience and feel like I didn’t access what I needed to portray Ellen,” says Collins, who on this day at the London West Hollywood hotel looks radiant and “strong,” as the film’s writer/director Marti Noxon points out. “I can honestly say I gave it everything that I could and was able to stay Lily.”

Published by Gabby Published on July 3, 2017

A couple new videos of Lily talking about To The Bone have been released! They were filmed a few days ago during a press junket, as part of the promotion leading up to its release. We will update this post if more interviews from the same day are posted anywhere, so keep an eye out.

In the following videos, Lily explains that there was never a weight goal to achieve while slimming down for her role in To The Bone – it was a decision she made as an actress to change physically for her character, and the intention was not glamourizing, fetichising or showing images that didn’t need to be seen, it was purely about the story. Alex Sharp, her co-star, states he has never suffered from an eating disorder, but he hopes that films like this one help start a conversation and break the unhelpful taboo around the subject.


Published by Gabby Published on June 30, 2017

Lily visited BBC Radio 2 while promoting Okja and To The Bone in London, and the audio from her interview has just been released. She explains what Okja is about, admiting it brings forward several ethical controversies, and mentioning it got a standing ovation in Cannes – despite the poor reception it initially received for being a Netflix production. She also briefly talked about To The Bone, stating it is the first feature film about eating disorders and that she believes those are issues that need to be talked about so that people suffering with them don’t have to feel alone – including herself. You can hear it below.

Published by Neide Published on June 26, 2017

Hey Lilyians! The past month, most specifically on May 16, Lily attended Project Heal 9th Anniversary Gala where she and To The Bone director Marti Noxon were honored for their work on the powerful film that is set to debut July 14 on Netflix. During the gala, she was interviewed by Project Heal and in the video bellow, you will hear Lily speak about the movie and her book Unfiltered. A special screening of the film will be screened tomorrow in New York City and if you live near by don’t hesitate to buy your ticket to watch it! You will find bellow the interview, along with a very sweet instagram post written by Marti Noxon for Project Heal’s instagram!

Join Project HEAL, Lily Collins and Alex Sharp for a special screening of To the Bone Monday evening in NYC. Link in bio for tickets! Please be advised this video contains depictions of eating disorder behaviors and images that may be triggering to those who are struggling with EDs. “Having struggled with Anorexia and Bulimia well into my 20s, I know firsthand the struggle, isolation and shame a person feels when they are in the grips of this illness. In an effort to tell this story as responsibly as we could, we spoke with other survivors and worked with Project HEAL throughout production in the hopes of being truthful in a way that wasn’t exploitive. That said, it’s important to remember that each person’s battle with eating disorders is unique and To The Bone is just one of the millions of eating disorder stories that could be told in the US at this very moment. My goal with the film was not to glamorize eating disorders, but to serve as a conversation starter about an issue that is too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions. I hope that casting a little light into the darkness of this disease we can achieve greater understanding and guide people to help if they need it.” — Marti Noxon

Published by Neide Published on June 20, 2017

A young anorexic woman reluctantly enters an unconventional treatment program, where she bonds with other residents struggling with eating disorders. To The Bone debuts July 14 on Netflix.

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