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Lily Collins Complimented While Preparing For Anorexia Role

When preparing to play the role of a woman suffering from anorexia, the last thing Lily Collins expected was to receive compliments on her incredibly slender frame. 

The already slim actress underwent dramatic weight loss to be convincing in her role of Ellen in To The Bone.

While magazines refused to have her appearing anywhere in their publications because she was so frail and thin,  out in the real world she was met by a very different reaction.  

"I was leaving my apartment one day and someone I've known for a long time, my mom's age, said to me, 'Oh, wow, look at you!'" Collins told Net-A-Porter.

"I tried to explain [I had lost weight for a role] and she goes, 'No! I want to know what you're doing, you look great!'

"I got into the car with my mom and said, 'That is why the problem exists'." 

To The Bone is an upcoming Netflix drama coined to be the next 13 Reasons Why. 

But instead of suicide, the movie feature turns its attention to eating disorders and anorexia. 

Collins also opened up about her own issues with eating disorders, having previously battled in real life with her weight. 

And one scene while filming the movie really hit home for both her and her real life mother who has been given a preview of the movie - which will be released in July on Netflix. 

"There's a scene where I'm taking my clothes off to be weighed by Carrie Preston, my stepmom in the movie, who takes a photo on her phone and shows it to me. I didn't think she'd actually take one but she did," Collins said.

"I saw myself in the photo and my heart dropped.

"So when my mom saw the film, she saw Lily's reaction because she knows me the best."

Watching her daughter portray a young woman with a severe eating disorder had a significant emotional impact on Collins' mum too. 

"The first time she was a bit in shock. The second time I looked over at the end and she was sobbing; it really hit her hard," Collins said.

We can't wait to watch To The Bone when it is released and hopefully it can help those suffering with such diseases to reach out and get help. 

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