Lily Collins busted up over Julia Roberts' mean queen

Feb 24, 2012 at 2:59 p.m. ET

Having a hard time picturing Julia Roberts as a mean queen? So did Lily Collins, who admits she struggled to stay in character while filming Mirror, Mirror!

Lily Collins

Lily Collins worked hard to secure her role in the upcoming Snow White-based film, Mirror, Mirror. Though she's the daughter of world-famous drummer Phil Collins, the young actress insists she's paving her own path to success.

Speaking of second chances, Lily Collins told Nylon magazine, "[At my Mirror, Mirror audition], I just had this gut feeling that I needed to try one more thing because I wanted it so badly... so I went back in and I knocked on the door, and they let me [audition] again."

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The 22-year-old continued, "I'm persistent but not in an annoying way. I'm really determined, and I want to try my best, and once I've known I've done all I can do, it's totally fine."

Working opposite of her idol, Julia Roberts, proved to be a particular challenge for Lily Collins. "I would be in a scene with Julia, and she would be saying something mean -- and I would find myself almost smiling because I was enjoying it so much," said the actress. "Then I'd be like, 'Oh f***, I have to be really upset right now.'"

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On having Phil Collins as a father, Lily shared, "Obviously, I grew up seeing the pros and cons of the business with my dad, but he was really passionate about what he does, and you can't stop doing what you're passionate about because someone is photographing you."

"A lot of people's perception is that I don't have to work my way to get in a room because someone's always interested in the last name, but I always say that personality opens doors, but character keeps them open. Everyone can have something special to get them in, but once you're in, it's sort of like, 'OK, so?'"

Pick up the March issue of Nylon for more with Lily Collins!

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