Les Miserables’ Lily Collins on how she handles ‘baggage’ of challenging characters

Lily Collins has revealed how she copes with the "baggage" of playing challenging characters.

Over the space of a year Lily went from playing Edith Tolkien, the wife of famed author J.R.R Tolkien, to Ted Bundy’s on/off girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, and then Fantine, the tragic character in Les Miserables who is left destitute after giving birth and being left with nothing.

It can be difficult to move from one person to another in such quick succession, with Lily admitting to ITV’s Lorraine Kelly that there was only four days between Ted Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile and Les Miserables.

She said: "It was very piecey last year and characters were all over the place, but well worth it."

Les Miserables' Lily Collins on how she handles 'baggage' of challenging characters

Lily spoke out about how she deals with challenging characters
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Les Miserables' Lily Collins on how she handles 'baggage' of challenging characters

She explained how she deals with the characters
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Lily then talked about playing an anorexic character in Netflix film "To the Bone," adding: "I think for all of us who were all involved in the making of it, we were so thrilled that Netflix picked it up…

"It’s bought up a topic of conversation in a really exciting way."

But she also explained how portraying such challenging characters has sometimes had an affect on her, and how she’s tried to deal with it.

She continued: "We’ve all got our problems and our issues.

Les Miserables' Lily Collins on how she handles 'baggage' of challenging characters

Lily as Fantine in Les Miserables
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"Life’s not perfect and I think the second you’re honest and talk about the things you feel shame towards, all of that goes away because you can relate to somebody else who’s gone through the same thing.

"And at the end of the day, none of us are alone and I realised before I go and take on the baggage of another charatcer, I needed to get rid of all my baggage for myself.

"And I’m turning 30 next year, so I just wanted to start my 30s fresh."

Les Miserables comes to BBC on December 30 and play for six episodes, while Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV.

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