"That is why the problem exists": Lily Collins reveals she was complimented for her weight loss after playing an anorexic character

Lily Collins has previously talked about suffering from anorexia so ensured that she played the role of Ellen in To the Bone with great care and purpose. 

But even though the Netflix film hasn't yet been realised, it was a compliment she got on her weight loss after playing the anorexic character that really caught her attention.

Appearing as this month's cover girl in Net-A-Porter's digital magazine The Editthe 28-year-old said that one of her family friends praised her weight loss, even though she had only dropped the pounds for her character who suffered from an eating disorder.

"I was leaving my apartment one day and someone I've known for a long time, my mom's age, said to me, 'Oh wow, look at you!' she recalled. 

"I tried to explain [I had lost weight for a role] and she goes, 'No! I want to know what you're doing, you look great!' I got into the car with my mom and said, "That is why the problem exists.'"

Lily also shared that magazines were refusing to put her on their covers or even inside their spread because they were worried what message her drastic weight loss would send to their readers. 

"I told my publicist that if I could snap my fingers and gain ten pounds right that second, I would,' she recalled.  

But since the end of filming Lily said that she's been blessed with a lot of support to ensure she remains in the right headspace and gets back to a healthy state. 

To the Bone will appear on Netflix on July 14th.