Lily Collins Was Up for Gossip Girl Role, Thought Losing It Was “End of the World”

Lily Collins
Lily Collins is on the cover of Marie Claire UK. 

Xoxo, Lily Collins? In the October issue of Marie Claire UK, actress Lily Collins opened up about an audition she had for the hit TV series Gossip Girl, and how she felt when she didn't land the part. 

"I tested for Gossip Girl," Collins, 25, admitted. "I wanted to be in it so badly, I thought at the time it was the end of the world." 

While the actress didn't name the role she was up for, the two lead spots in Gossip Girl were filled by Blake Lively, who played blonde bombshell Serena van der Woodsen, and Leighton Meester, who played the preppy Blair Waldorf. 

"Now I think, 'Well I would have got pigeon-holed, have had to move to New York, leave high school and be signed away for six years,'" Collins continued. "I wouldn't have done the films I've done, and everything would have been so different."

Said films included 2009's The Blind Side, 2012's Mirror Mirror, and the first installment in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, which hit theaters in 2013. 

The daughter of singer Phil Collins, Lily told Marie Claire UK that her father's fame didn't help her book roles. 

"When I first met with agents I was asked, 'Well, what makes you so special?' Everybody in L.A. is a cousin or a daughter of someone," she explained. "At the beginning, that was the most interesting thing about me. Now I've done eight films, it's an afterthought. I get kids who say, 'Oh, I love your movie, but my mum loves your dad.' It’s really nice to be able to share that with him, but it doesn’t define who I am career-wise."

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