Lily Collins Opens Up About Her Past With Eating Disorders

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11:  Actress Lily Collins attends the Glamour Magazine 23rd annual Women Of The Year gala on November 11, 2013 in New York, United States.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

The character that Lily Collins plays in the new movie To The Bone suffers from an eating disorder, but the actress revealed that her latest role hit close to home.

Speaking to IMDB Studio during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the 27-year-old said that she suffered from eating disorders as a teenager. She also touched on those experiences in her 2016 memoir Unfiltered.

“This was definitely a more dramatic role for me,” admitted Collins. “I wrote my chapter on my experiences a week before I got Marti’s script and it was like the universe putting these things in my sphere to help me face, kind of dead on, a fear that I used to have. And, a way to explain it as someone who’s gone through it and to open up a topic that is considered quite taboo with young people nowadays, male, female, and to really start a conversation.”

Collins was required to lose weight to play the role of Ellen in the film. But this time, she did so safely and had a nutritionist guide her through the process.

“It caused me to have to emotionally go there, but in a way that was the most safe, healthy way possible with a nutritionist, and really to physically go there [also],” she said. “It did require a different set of emotional skills, to kind of go back in time for me with my experiences.”

The actress also opened up about her former struggles via Instagram. She posted a photo of herself jumping in the air and received an outpouring of support from fans for sharing her story.

“Chilled to the bone but feeling so free,” she captioned the photo. “What a huge moment this is for me. Owning my past, being open, and having no shame or regrets about my experiences. Sharing my history with eating disorders and how personal this film has been is one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life… Remember, you are never, ever alone.”