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Phil Collins’ actress daughter Lily says filming in Ireland one of her ‘top experiences’

Exclusive: She's been in the spotlight since she was a tot and began her acting career on Growing Pains

Actress Lily Collins has revealed filming in Ireland has been one of the “top experiences” of her career to date – but she didn’t acquire a taste for Guinness.

The 31-year-old daughter of rock legend Phil Collins has been in the spotlight since she was a tot and began her acting career on Growing Pains.

She has made several critically-acclaimed movies including The Mortal Instruments, and Love Rosie – which was filmed in Dublin in 2013 and based on Cecelia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End.

Based in LA, where she now lives with film director fiance Charlie McDowell, Lily admits she still misses the Irish capital.

Lily Collins stars in a new trailer for Netflix series ‘Emily In Paris’ (Image: Netflix/Ruckas Pictures)

The star said: “I was a baby when we first went to Dublin, so going there to shoot Love Rosie was a whole new experience for me.

“We had the best weather Dublin has had in 30 years and it was very hot and gorgeous.

“Filming Love Rosie is still one of the top experiences ever for me.

“The story spans 10 years and I have a 10-year-old boy by the end of it. It’s terrifyingly heartbreaking but it’s also one of the funniest things I’d ever worked on.

“Everyone in Ireland was so lovely, like they are all so chill and I mean that in the best way possible. Like here in LA, it’s so stressful sometimes on set and to get things done takes so many people getting nervous and worried that it won’t happen.

“But in Dublin, everyone is like, “It’ll happen, it’ll happen” and it does get done.

“We went out to pubs after work and I learned Guinness is not my thing – it’s not a taste I enjoy, but I had to have one while I was there, watching a football match.

“I got to see some concerts when I was there and I went exploring, walking down Grafton Street on a Sunday and hearing all the musicians play, it was so lovely.

“I really hope to work in Dublin again. I had so many weird and wonderful encounters there.”

Les Miserables: Fantine (LILY COLLINS), Felix (JOHNNY FLYNN) (Image: Robert Viglasky/BBC)

She’s currently starring in the new TV show Emily In Paris, where she plays an ingenue marketing executive sent to Paris from Chicago to work for a year.

Lily explained: “I grew up going to Paris regularly and to be able to go live there for four months for work was really special – I spent every minute I wasn’t working exploring the city.”

In the series, written and produced by Sex And The City’s Darren Star, there are ample comparisons with Carrie Bradshaw and Lily thinks both characters are great role models for younger women.

She said: “Both characters are unapologetically themselves and they don’t change to fit in or be embraced.

“They are vocal about doing the work that they love. It’s an empowering thing to do your work and have your own money and having that drive is very important.

“We shot in Paris, the city of love, but I think the romance within oneself and finding oneself is crucial.

“You won’t be able to find the right person for you until you’ve done that, so like in Sex And The City, that story was about friendship between four women who didn’t need men to define them. All of that was really important for me.”

Like everyone, Lily has been in lockdown since March.

She finds an air of unreality watching the show on TV now, barely a year after finishing shooting it.

She added: “It’s so strange thinking about a character who gets lost wandering in a foreign city, which is such a foreign concept these days.

“The fact that Emily is a bright, bold and fun character does allow for brightness and lightness in a time we need that more than anything.

“The pandemic makes me eternally grateful for travel, as well as nostalgic for the world that once was before all of this.”

Lily Collins stars in a new trailer for Netflix series ‘Emily In Paris’

The costumes in Emily In Paris are every bit as fabulous and over the top as they were on Sex And The City.

Star called in top costume designer Patricia Field to advise on this show, which was a thrill for Lily.

She said: “She’s a genius who has mastered the art of creating clothing as a character itself, as well as an extension of the character’s personality. I grew up loving her style.”

We are speaking over Zoom and Lily looks every bit the glamorous actress on my computer screen, but she admits she got scrubbed up for the purposes of the interview.

She added: “I’m wearing sweatpants. Some things never change – glam on top, comfy on the bottom.”

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