In Lily Collins' new film, To the Bone, she plays the role of a young woman struggling with an eating disorder. As it turns out, this is a highly relatable part for Collins, who says she dealt with an eating disorder of her own. Now, Collins is using the movie as a platform to discuss a topic that she feels needs to be discussed more.
“It’s a topic that is taboo, I think, with young girls, and it’s really important to tell a story with this subject matter in the way that we tell it. I wrote a book last year and I wrote my chapter on my experiences a week before I got the 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.”
In order to lose weight for this role, Collins was under the supervision of a nutritionist to ensure that she remained healthy. Along with being a demanding physical experience, Collins also confessed that revisiting that time in her life took an emotional toll on her. Collins has been utilizing social media to talk about her struggles in hopes that those who need help will get it, adding, “Remember, you are never ever alone” to a recent Instagram post.
The film itself is based on the experiences of Marti Noxon, who had her own battle with an eating disorder in her youth. The movie follows Ellen, a young woman whose unconventional doctor, played by Keanu Reeves, forces her to deal with her anorexia and embrace life.
Here is the Instagram image in which Collins addresses To the Bone and her own past.
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...
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