Netflix has just released the first trailer for its darkly comedic new feature film, To the Bone, starring Lily Collins. According to EW, Collins plays 20-year-old Ellen, a longtime veteran of the anorexia rehab circuit who finds new hope at her latest treatment center, run by an “unconventional doctor” played by Keanu Reeves.
To the Bone, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, is the feature film debut for writer/director Marti Noxon, co-creator of Lifetime’s UnREAL and one of the major creative forces behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The film was inspired by Noxon’s own adolescent experiences with anorexia and bulimia, but as important as the project was to her, it almost didn’t happen.
Noxon told Indiewire, “It seemed like male producers didn’t understand…I was told a number of times that it was just too small a topic. I was, like, ‘What? Really?’ Half the movies that get made are about some really talented white guy who understands jazz, you know? So many of the indie movies that get made are not about topics that touch millions and millions of people.” (Not to mention, eating disorders affect millions of people.)
Once Noxon found female producers, though, everybody was on the same page.
Collins, too, has experienced struggles with eating disorders. To prepare for the role, she drew on her own life experience and spoke to the head of the eating disorders department at UCLA.
Although she was supervised by a nutritionist as she lost weight for the role, she was scared to get back into that headspace for the film, she said in an interview with Refinery29.
Still, it felt like the right project at the right time; Collins had just completed the chapter of her book about her eating disorder struggles when she got the script for To the Bone, so “it was like the universe literally throwing it in my face saying, this is something you need to address either for yourself or for other young people going through it out there,” she said.
To the Bone hits Netflix on July 14. Of course, you can spot her in another Netflix movie, Okja, on June 28th.
For Lily Collins, There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Shimmer
Lily Colins, was all glitz and glam at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s party, wearing a brilliant blue sparkling gown by Zuhair Murad. 2013.
Lily Collins helped mom, Jil Tavelman, host A Night of Old Hollywood Glamour at The Waverly Mansion, wearing a knitted crop top and a sleeveless suit. 2015.
Lily Collins in Caterina Gata at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund show and tea in Los Angeles, California, October 2015.
Lily Collins in Burberry at the British Academy Britannia awards in Beverly Hills, California, October 2015.
Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad at the Breakthrough Prize award ceremony in Mountain View, California, November 2015.
Lily Collins in Stella McCartney at the Stella McCartney Fall 2016 show in Hollywood, California, January 2016.
Lily Collins in Saint Laurent at the Saint Laurent Fall 2016 show in Los Angeles, California, February 2016.
Lily Collins in Chanel at the Charles Finch and Chanel pre-Oscar awards dinner in Los Angeles, California, February 2016.
Lily Collins in Saint Laurent at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills, California, February 2016.
Lily Collins in Valentino at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala for ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’ in New York, New York, May 2016.
Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad at the Sony Pictures pilot premieres of ‘The Last Tycoon’ and ‘The Interestings’ in Culver City, California, June 2016.
Lily Collins in Elie Saab at the 10th annual GO Campaign gala in Los Angeles, California, November 2016.
Lily Collins in Elie Saab at the Museum of Moving Image salute to Warren Beatty in New York, New York, November 2016.
Lily Collins in David Koma at the Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 2016.
Lily Collins in David Koma on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, November 2016.
Lily Collins in Reem Acra at the premiere of Rules Don’t Apply at AFI Fest in Hollywood, California, November 2016.
Collins wore Zuhair Murad Couture to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
Lily Collins attended the 19th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards wearing a colorful Alexander McQueen dress that is a fresh, sophisticated take on the naked dress. 2017.
Lily Collins prepped for the Academy Awards at the Charles Finch and Chanel pre-Oscar Awards dinner, wearing a classic, black Chanel look and Christian Louboutin heels. 2017.
Lily Collins looked glamorous as she attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing another glittering, sheer feathered gown by Elie Saab. 2017.
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