The British born 23-year-old star of Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of pop superstar Phil Collins) told Kit that back in 2008, she was well on her way to becoming a journalist. In addition to getting published in Elle Girl and Seventeen magazines, she covered the U.S. presidential election for Nickelodeon. Collins enrolled in broadcast journalism and communications at USC, only to have a role in The Blind Side thwart those plans:
Collins had to decide between school and acting when she found herself shooting The Blind Side in Atlanta and flying back to LA for exams. She has since deferred her schooling but plans on returning… No matter what happens with school, Collins said she’ll always be a journalist even as her acting career grows.
“Journalism is something I’ve always loved and continue to use every day,” she confessed. “I’m a genuinely interested person. I carry a notebook. I ask questions, and I’m social. In learning about character traits for roles, it’s the best way to do research. So I’m still going to be a journalist at heart.”
[Photo: Matthew Rolston/Relativity Media]