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In Lily Collins’ new role for the film To the Bone, she had to relive a deeply personal experience. The drama, which debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of a woman battling with anorexia—a challenge Collins has faced head-on. Now, the 27-year-old is speaking up for the first time about her experiences with eating disorders.
“I suffered with eating disorders when I was a teenager as well,” Collins said in a new interview with IMDb. “I wrote a book last year, and I wrote my chapter on my experiences a week before I got [director] Marti [Noxon]’s script, and it was like the universe kind of 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,” she said.
And while Collins worked with a nutritionist to embody the role physically in the safest way possible, she admits her headspace at the time was challenging.
“It did require a different set of emotional skills and to kind of go back in time for me, with…my experiences,” she said.
Collins took to Instagram to share her feelings about playing this role, posting a photo of herself jumping at the Sundance Film Festival. The caption reads: “Chilled to the bone but feeling so free. 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. Thank you for all your love and support. I’m sending all of mine right back (especially today!) and remember, you are never ever alone #Unfiltered…”
Let’s take a second and applaud Lily for taking this challenge head on and sharing her personal experiences with fans and other women and men living with eating disorders (according to The National Eating Disorders Association, 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified.
Hopefully, this film encourages more people to live #unfiltered.