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Lily Collins Recalls Being Praised For Drastic Weight Loss After Playing Anorexic Character — 'This Is Why The Problem Exists'

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Sadly, this doesn't surprise us one bit.

In the Netflix film To The Bone set for release on July 14, Lily Collins plays an anorexic girl named Ellen — a role for which she had to lose a drastic amount of weight.

Speaking to Net-A-Porter's digital magazine The Edit, the 28-year-old actress reveals that she was dumbfounded when she was complimented by a friend for her much-slimmer appearance after filming.

Related: Actors Who Have Lost A LOT Of Weight For Movie Roles!

The starlet recalled:

"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!' 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.'"

Ugh, exactly!

Miz Collins went on to say seeing the film was difficult for her mother, who had watched Lily battle a similar disease:

"The first time she was a bit in shock. The second time I looked over at the end and she was sobbing; it really hit her hard. I never wanted her to feel responsible; she's like my best friend. When she saw the movie, I think she recognized so much of me in Ellen."

She added:

"There's a scene where I'm taking my clothes off to be weighed by Carrie Preston, my stepmom in the movie, who takes a photo on her phone and shows it to me. I didn't think she'd actually take one but she did. I saw myself in the photo and my heart dropped. So when my mom saw the film, she saw Lily's reaction because she knows me the best."

To read the full interview, click HERE.

[Image via Net-A-Porter.]

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