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Stepping out from her famous father’s shadow, Lily Collins (daughter of music legend Phil Collins) has come into her own as a Hollywood actress thanks to her breakout role in 2009’s The Blind Side. Now, the 23-year-old takes on the classic role of Snow White in Relativity’s Mirror Mirror.
“Growing up in England, I was all over every fairytale,” Collins told The Hollywood Reporter. “I loved Snow White, loved Aladdin. I knew all the words to all the songs. I was the kid that pressed rewind all the time.”
While Tarsem Singh’s retelling shares little in common with Disney’s adaptation, Collins does show off her vocal skills with a Bollywood-inspired dance number during the end credits.
“It’s so funny, I really want everyone to know because everyone’s like, ‘That wasn’t you,’ and I’m like, ‘It really was!’” Collins told THR. “I went into the sound studio, into a sound booth, and I recorded it and the dwarves recorded bits in the melodies. This was my first experiment with going out there and singing — Bollywood, nonetheless.”
“I never thought I’d be doing that,” she continued. “It was so much fun and I’ve always loved singing, writing songs and kind of experimenting with that. I wouldn’t say that it’s my goal right now to come out with an album or anything, but it’s so much a part of who I am and if there’s a movie like this one that involves singing, I think that’s kind of the perfect way to segue into it and experiment.”
So would Collins be open to pursuing a musical in the same vein of Hairspray, Mamma Mia or Rock of Ages?
“Yeah, why not? I used to do musicals on stage and in plays,” the actress replied. “I had so much fun with that and I think that’s a whole other element to add to a film. I enjoy watching them myself, so yeah, I’d love to do a musical.”
Mirror Mirror opens nationwide on Friday, March 30. To read The Hollywood Reporter’s review of the film, click here.
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