Lily Collins: ‘I love baking. I see it as very therapeutic’

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W Magazine has their TV portfolio issue featuring Emmy nominated actors dressed as characters from their favorite show. Oya covered Jurnee Smollet’s interview, where she dressed as Walter White from Breaking Bad. Lily Collins, nominated for Emily in Paris, dressed up as Prue Leith from The Great British Baking Show! This was a genius move, because Prue is the best judge on that comfort watch show and her bright signature style is fun to homage. Lily talked to W about what it means to be nominated, how she got the role and how much she loves baking. She especially loves making vegan treats. I’m just going to excerpt the baking part, you can read more at the source.

When was the first time you saw The Great British Bake Off?
I saw the show’s first season. I feel so at home in the English countryside, having grown up there, and I love any show about baking and cooking. I love being surrounded by the British accent, especially if I’m not in England; there’s something very nostalgic about it. I just watch every season, even when they were changing hosts. I can’t stop watching. I binge it.

Can you bake?
I do love baking. I see it as very therapeutic. I like to think of it as a bit of a puzzle piece, as well, because I bake a lot of gluten-free, vegan things, which a lot of the time people think sounds not so fun or gross, but I get such a kick out of making something with vegan chocolate, or more ingredients, and seeing if it works. And when my little brother told me that my cookies were absolutely amazing and he loved them and ate five, I told him it wasn’t real chocolate, and his mind was blown.

[From W Magazine]

When Lily talked about her younger brother loving her cookies I remembered that her dad, Phil Collins, is having all that crazy drama with his ex, his third wife, Orianne Cevey. Lily is Phil’s daughter from his second marriage, to Jill Tavelman. Lily has two younger half brothers from her dad’s marriage to Orianne, Nicholas, 20, and Matthew, 16. (She also has an older half brother and sister from Phil’s first marriage.) Lily has been open about the fact that her dad wasn’t around during her childhood, and she says she forgives him. It sounds like they have a good relationship now.

I really covered this because I wanted to talk about baking though. Although I only got into it during lockdown, I love it for similar reasons to Lily. I’m not particularly inventive, I just follow recipes, but whenever I bake I know my son will eat everything and like it. When I cook a meal, even if it’s something he’s eaten and enjoyed before, I can never predict if he’ll feel like eating it. Bread, bagels and rolls will always get consumed though. Plus I really enjoy kneading the bread and the process of making it. Like Lily said it’s therapeutic. Maybe I should do some cookies next. That’s the advantage of having a teenager at home, you know you won’t be stuck eating them all.

Here is a link to my favorite bread recipe. If you’ve never made bread you’ll be surprised how easy it is!

Lily is a striking model. I haven’t seen Emily in Paris yet but I’ve heard it’s a fun, mindless watch.

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