EMILY IN PARIS Star Lily Collins Covers V MAGAZINE’s V140 Spring Preview Issue

Posted on December 26, 2022

Photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg and styled by V’s fashion director Gro Curtis, the “Emily in Paris” superstar transform in the boldest looks of the season with the dazzling jewelry of Cartier, as the global phenomenon gets candid with Mathias Rosenzweig about the hit Netflix show, the early days of her career, and how facing rejection can help motivate you for the better.




Lily on the Emily in Paris feedback: “The first season came out when we were experiencing COVID, so we didn’t get many human interactions after releasing the show. But when we came back to Paris, people were recognizing us, and the age didn’t matter—it could be 10 years old all the way up to one’s grandparents’ age.”

Lily on the early days of her career: “I wrote for magazines starting at 16 years old in England. I wrote for Elle Girl, the L.A. Times, I worked for Nickelodeon, I reported on Obama’s inauguration. 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.”

Lily on how rejection fueled her motivation to keep going: “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.” 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.”

Lily on becoming a producer: “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. I’ve always loved acting, but like I said, being a journalist and reporting from 16 years old, going into the editing room in college, putting together stories from the ground up, that’s producing content. And that always fascinated me because it meant that I was creating something bigger than just myself. Now having a platform as an actor, I can be a conduit through which a story is told.”



[Photo Credit: Nathaniel Goldberg for V Magazine]

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