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I wrote a journal every day on the set of this movie. I love to write down things I notice about people or things I’ve overheard people saying that are interesting. I love people watching and I love taking the time to notice the small things. I will write down even if it’s text messages or emails that I’ve received that I want to remember forever, I always write those things down whether it’s to tell my kids or my grandkids or to tell myself in a week when I’m feeling horrible — they’re things you want to remember. Journalism comes in many shapes, sizes and forms whether it’s photography, writing, or just kind of asking people questions.

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I’ve always loved being active, and I used to do sports basketball, soccer, volleyball growing up. Now I love running, biking and swimming. I also go to these dance-cardio classes at Body by Simone. The trainers are so empowering, it doesn’t matter if you can’t dance well. I’ve always been a healthy eater. In England, it was basically eating at the farm. Bangers and mash, of course, but it was very much about fresh, healthy food. L.A. is ideal for that. I don’t eat red meat. I’m big on chicken, fish and vegetables. It’s a way of life for me. I don’t think about it as a diet. - Lily Collins photographed for the New York Times

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Get to know me: [1/?] Favorite Actresses ≡ Lily Collins.
“I like to think of myself as a very passionate person, and as very determined. So, if I set my mind on something, I definitely stop at no end to find within myself the power to keep going, whether that involves thinking of a new approach to a problem, or physically challenging myself.”

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I’ve always been a huge advocate of teens helping teens and speaking out on self confidence and body issues. I’m such a strong believer in open communication with young people to promote the idea that you are not alone in what you go through. I go through the same things you go through, even though you might not believe it. I’ve had my fair share of experiences and insecurities.

I’m a little bit more comfortable. I love wearing jeans, and I don’t wear stockings. I like to be comfortable but I also like to look put together all the time. I don’t wear dresses all the time–it’s nice to save those moments for certain occasions and to make it feel extra special. In the ‘30s, every day was an event. And, as much as I love that idea, I think nowadays it’s nice to have the differentiation of when you dress up and when you don’t. I think it makes it a little bit more special.