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Lily Collins inspired by dad

Lily Collins' famous father made her want to "make a mark on the world". The 24-year-old actress - the daughter of musician Phil Collins and his American second wife Jill Tavelman - has been determined to succeed since she was just a child and says the 'In The Air' hitmaker has always been one of her biggest inspirations.
She said: "I was a complete outsider when I moved to the States from London at five years old.

"Having an English accent, I felt alienated. I wanted to fit in and I learned to adapt. I've been driven since the day I was born. I grew up watching my dad, who is an incredibly strong man, and that made me want to make a mark on the world as well."

And Lily - who is dating her 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' co-star Jamie Campbell Bower - says her father has taught her to focus on her work and not worry about other people's opinions, particularly when it comes to her personal life.

She told Event magazine: "My dad has shown me the pros and cons of having your private life in the public eye.

"He says everyone is going to have an opinion about anything that you do, and most of the time what you read will be negative, so if you focus on that you're never going to be happy. What matters is the experience you have and if you're proud of the work.

"He comes and supports me with my mum at the premieres of my films. He's proud of me and laughs when he gets Google alerts about me.

"I think it's because tweeting and Facebook didn't exist in his day, and seeing his little girl being on a fan video is quite surreal."

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