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Lily Collins Admits She 'Got Rejected A Lot In The Beginning' Of Her Career: 'Ultimately You're Going To Get There Somehow'

Dec. 28 2022, Published 7:20 a.m. ET

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Though Lily Collins' parents, Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman, are famous it didn't mean that she got served everything on a silver platter. In fact, it was quite the opposite, according to the actress.

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"I definitely got rejected a lot at the beginning. I got told ‘no’ over and over and over again. The feedback was that I was too green. I was like, I don’t know what that means, like, green as in ‘go?' But really I needed a little more maturing, practice, and experience. I guess, for me, it was always really important to not take [rejection] as, 'No, this isn’t going to be for you,'" the 33-year-old told V magazine.

She continued, "It was just, 'No, not right now.' I think whatever creative outlet, whether it’s music, acting, or writing, if you want to be a lawyer, a dancer, if you feel strongly that it is just so much a part of who you are, deep down to the core, you know that, ultimately, you’re going to get there somehow."

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And that's just what the brunette beauty did, as she is now the star of Netflix's hit series Emily in Paris, in addition to having a lot of other roles under her belt.

"The first movie I did, I was 20 years old and I’m now 33. And to be able to have done my first film and now be talking about creating a production company, you know, 13 years later. If I were to have told my 20-year-old self I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, this is so long, that’s gonna take so long,'" she recalled.

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The TV star also noted that after she published Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me in 2017, new opportunities started to come her way.

"When I wrote my book, I said to myself, ‘I’m gonna have my Carrie Bradshaw moment. I’m gonna just move to New York, hide away in an apartment, and I’m just gonna write my book.' I got dates, I got an editor, I got a publishing house, and then I wound up booking three jobs back-to-back and had to write it all over the world," she shared.

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