Lily Collins Is 'An Absolute Star' In The Mortal Instruments
EXCLUSIVE! The City of Bones actress wins over her co-stars…
Actress Lily Collins has been speaking to MTV about her role in the forthcoming movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and we've also been talking to her co-stars, who were quick to gush about her performance as Clary Fray.
"I love the stories. I love Clary because she's this heroine who's this normal girl, who finds out she has these powers," the Collins told MTV News during a recent visit to the Toronto-based set.
"The emotion is there. It's not just a CGI world. It's not just a translation of a book. It's more emotionally, character-based than just aesthetically beautiful."
Based on the first instalment of a six-book series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones follows Brooklyn teen Clary Fray (Collins) as she uncovers her family's legacy amongst a race of half-human, half-angel warriors known as Shadowhunters.
She teams with one such demon destroyer, the snarky yet dreamy Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower), to infiltrate the shadowy supernatural realm and rescue her kidnapped mother.
And the actress' dedication to the role of Clary and the long-gestating project hasn't gone unnoticed by her cast members.
"She's an absolute star and incredible, on-the-moment brilliant actor and consummate professional," said Robert Sheehan, who plays Clary's best friend Simon.
"It's lovely to have someone like that for the really emotional, dramatic stuff. That's what really makes the film, first and foremost, a human story. Because if it's not that, it's not really relatable or interesting."
Bower also admitted to a few mesmerised moments courtesy of Collins.
"To get to watch Lily do something - that's really amazing," he said.
"There have been times I've been in a scene with Lily, and she's doing something, and I just zone out, being like 'God, you're brilliant. Oh wait! I'm actually meant to be saying something.' I'm like, 'Oh, crikey! There's words at this point!'"
And, no surprise, Collins is ready for more.
"I love Clary. I love this series," she enthused. "I'm so ready. I'm so ready to be a Shadowhunter a little more since I've only gotten a taste of it in this film."
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits UK cinemas in August 2013.