Collins ready for a bite of stardom

Collins ready for a bite of stardom
Cinema still: The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones starring Lily Collins.

LOS ANGELES - Actress Lily Collins knows a thing or two about being famous.

She is the daughter of Phil Collins, one of the most successful pop singers in the 1980s, with hits such as Groovy Kind Of Love and Sussudio.

Now she is a rising star in her own right, having bagged the lead in the new The Mortal Instruments film franchise. The first instalment, City Of Bones, opened in Singapore on Thursday.

But the 24-year-old wants you to know that none of this was handed to her on a platter.

Speaking to Life! and a group of other reporters at a hotel in Los Angeles recently, she is poised and porcelain-doll pretty as she chirpily answers each question about the movie, in which she plays a "shadowhunter", or a human with demon-fighting powers.

Her dulcet voice hardens for just a millisecond when she is asked, as she has been many times before, whether her parentage has been a help or hindrance.

"My last name is my last name. I'm so proud of my mum and my dad and my siblings," says Collins, whose father divorced her American mother, Jill Tavelman, when she was five years old, and who has three half-brothers and a half-sister from her father's two other marriages.

"And as with any family, if you were the son or daughter of a famous doctor, your dad or mum would be huge in that hospital and you'd face expectations because of that.

"It doesn't matter if your family is in the industry or not. Your last name is something that you carry with pride and you add your own elements to, which I think I am doing.

"I never wanted to give anyone any reason to say that it was the only reason I was doing what I was doing."

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