Lily Collins has revealed that ‘Love Actually’ is her ‘comfort movie’.
The 33-year-old actress has been a fan of director Richard Curtis’ celebratory romantic comedy, set in London, since its release in 2003 and she’ll watch it any time of the year if she wants to lift her spirits.
Appearing on the ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast, she said: ‘My favorite comfort movie is ‘Love Actually’. It’s been since it came out, and it’s also become that movie that every Christmas season, some of my best friends and I would just have to look at it. Every time I look at it I smile and feel warm inside.
Lily – who was born in Surrey but raised in Los Angeles from the age of six – loves hearing the cast’s British accents as it always makes her think of “home” when she looks at it.
The ‘Emily in Paris’ star – whose father is Genesis singer Phil Collins – added: “It’s not just because of the English accents, but growing up in England, every time I hear a British accent I feel straight back to youth, home, in a way. Even though LA is home, England will always be the other home. I have so much dual nationality, but at the Deep down inside, I feel much more European. When I hear it, it puts me so much at ease.
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Lily also adores the star-studded cast, which includes Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Rowan Atkinson and January Jones among many others.
She said: “It was the first time I can remember seeing so many intertwined stories intertwine in such a clever way. And Hugh Grant is so wonderfully Hugh Grant in this movie. And Alan Rickman, and oh my God, Emma Thompson, even as a young child who [storyline] was heartbreaking.
“All the characters – Kiera Knightly – each person makes you feel something different. Laura Linney – I could literally talk about every character arc. And the music, it brings me back to that first time I saw it every time I watch it, and it doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas or not.
The ‘Windfall’ star also revealed which scenes from the film are her favorites, and although she was asked to share one, she couldn’t help but name several.
She said: “One of course is when Hugh Grant is dancing up the stairs, and he’s doing his moves and you’re listening to him and you’re like, ‘I’m doing this! I dance when I think no one is watching! And then the way he turns around and gets caught and he’s like, “And, anyway, uh…” And that’s so Hugh Grant, that’s so suave, that’s so smart, and I love it.
“I also love Colin Firth, so for some reason every time he comes to the door and they’re like, ‘I hate Uncle Jamie! when he leaves with the little kids, or when Kiera Knightly is asked with the signs – my friend had someone do the prom that way when we were in high school. Because of the movie… It really affected us growing up.