Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins didn’t want a ‘free pass’ in the industry: ‘It was out of the question’
Lily Collins wanted to do it on her own.
Collins, the daughter of famous musician Phil Collins, opened up to Vogue France in a recent interview to make sure she wouldn’t get a “free pass” because of her surname.
“There was no way people would think I was using a free pass because of my name,” Collins told the outlet, via “Entertainment Tonight Canada.” “I’m proud of my dad, but I wanted to be me, not just his daughter. For that, I was willing to wait to break through.”
Collins noted that his “failed castings” taught him to see acting as his “job”.
“By dint of failed castings, I learned to focus more on my work, and I managed to make comedy my job,” she said. “But I’m not resting on my laurels: this environment is very competitive and places are expensive.”
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Although she sings much like her father, the ‘Emily in Paris’ actress explained that she doesn’t want to follow in Phil’s footsteps.
“I love to sing. But since I wanted to chart my own path, far from the father’s genius, I preferred to be an actress,” said Collins.
She continues: “I have played in a few musicals because it is the only setting in which I allow myself to sing. Frankly, I would be too afraid of comparisons!”
The TV star isn’t the only famous person to have floated the idea of ”nepo[tism] baby” lately.
Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, brought up the subject during a recent interview with Elle magazine.
“The internet seems to care a lot about this stuff,” she told the outlet. “People are going to have preconceptions about you or how you got here, and I can definitely say that nothing will get you the part except being right about the part.”
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“The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than people throwing you into things. Maybe you put your foot in the door, but you still have your foot in the door. There’s a lot of work that comes after this.”
Depp then compared the situation to someone becoming a doctor, although the model noted that she was not directly comparing the two professions.
“It’s weird for me to reduce someone to the idea that they’re only there because it’s a generational thing. It just doesn’t make sense. If someone’s mum or dad ‘one is a doctor, and the child becomes a doctor, you’re not going to be like, ‘Well, you’re only a doctor because your parent is a doctor.’ It’s like, ‘No, I went to medical school and trained.'”
She clarified, “I hear a lot more about it from women, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”
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