If you think you know Lily Collins, get ready to go deeper. The actress and model has just added “author” to her impressive resume with a collection of super personal essays, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me (HarperCollins, $24), out now, that she says was both terrifying and liberating to share. And no topic is off limits in the book including her strained relationship with her dad Phil Collins, and perhaps most private, her experience with eating disorders. She lays it all out there in the utterly relatable way her dedicated fans have come to expect, and with a singular purpose: to help people who have been through similar things feel less alone.
We caught up with the 28-year-old fresh on the heels of her LA book signing to talk about anxiety, critics and the unexpected side effect of her book’s release that she calls “a really nice gift to be given.”
Why did you decide to write the book?
I did a lot of self-reflection and work on myself in the past two years and I came to a lot of deeper understandings about the things that I’ve gone through. The more I talked about it to other people, the more they were saying “Oh my god, I’ve been through that as well. I had no idea that you would have experienced that.” And it made me feel less alone and I thought, If it makes me feel less alone then chances are if I speak out, more people will feel the same way. I just happened to start writing it right before I got the script for To the Bone and that dealt with subject matter that I talk about in the book and I felt like Wow, obviously there’s a reason that I’m writing about this stuff now. I’m still young but I’m older than I was ten years ago and I’ve learned more about myself so I thought these are the most relevant things that are going on with me right now and chances are if I’ve been through them, someone else will have and it may help spark conversations among other people if I speak up and tell my truth.