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Lily Collins Jamie Campbell Bower And KevZegers Of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS In Chicago

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, And Kevin Zegers Of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS In Chicago

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Updated: September 24, 2013 6:14AM

LOS ANGELES — Lily Collins thought that she saw it all. But the fans she met promoting her new film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” had more enthusiasm than she ever expected from mere mortals.

“It’s crazy that I get paid to do something I love and interact with people who love it just as much as I do,” says the U.K.-born actress, daughter of rocker Phil Collins. “These books mean so much to them.”

“The Mortal Instruments” (now in theaters) is based on the young-adult literature series by Cassandra Clare about a teen girl who seems ordinary until she finds out about her real bloodlines and powers.

Playing Clary Fray, Collins (“Mirror Mirror”) is joined by a posse of male hotties including Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers.

Q. Were you a fan of the books?

A. I was a huge fan of the books even before I was cast. I read the books and emailed everyone I could think of to see what studio the project was at because I wanted to be in this movie. What I loved the most about Clary is she’s so close to her mom, and I’m really close to my mom. The whole story kick-starts after her mom is taken and Clary must go after her. I loved how feisty, determined and loyal she is. She never plays the victim and keeps going. Plus, I got to kick ass, which was fun.

Q. Were the stunts daunting?

A. I love doing them. For this film, I learned self-defense moves that will be good for life. I learned how to knife fight, which was great because I’m not an aggressive person. But I am persistent, which I guess makes me dangerous. I also learned hand-to-hand combat.

Q. So, muggers beware?

A. Absolutely, nobody better mess with me … especially in heels. I did all my stunts in thigh-high leather boots. The hard thing is I didn’t do any training in boots. When I got to the set, I said, “Really? I’m going to fight in heels?” But it becomes normal.

Q. What is your take on why these books are so popular?

A. They’re about how teens love to hate on their parents and cry, “They don’t understand me or get me.” The parents say, “I don’t understand my kids.” But at the end of the day, ultimately there is so much love that you’re willing to do anything for your kid ... or your parent.

Q. It must be a nice vote of confidence that a second film is planned.

A. It’s amazing to have a green light before the first film even comes out. The studio believes in us. And it just shows that people want to see this story continue. We set up so much in the first movie that it needs a franchise so it can play out. It would be a shame to leave audiences hanging.


How are you going to handle the fame that this sort of franchise might bring?

A. I say this now, but I will always say that I won’t change who I am. This might affect my life, but it won’t affect me. Plus, I don’t see fame as a negative change. I just won’t allow it to define my life. I won’t hide away either. That’s no way to live your life.”

Q. There are rumors of a recent breakup with Bower. Care to comment?

A. I try to keep my private life private. At the end of the day, that’s for me. I admire people like Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. They’ve had these franchises take off and they lead normal lives and try to find some privacy. I love that they don’t stay at home with the blinds down.

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