the english teacher
In an interview with Collider.com for her upcoming movie The English Teacher, Lily Collins also talked about The Mortal Instruments. She reacts to the online response to the trailer, and also about her growing acting career. She touches on her next movie, Love, Rosie which stars Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin:
After the trailer for The Mortal Instruments debuted, did you see the overwhelming response for it online? Are you prepared for the level of excitement for that film?
COLLINS: I did a Q&A at The Grove where there were about 500 girls, all asking questions. Some of them were close to fainting and they were hyper-ventilating, and I was like, “This is so weird!” I was a fan of the books before I was cast, so I get being a fan of the series. But then, it’s really weird to be the actress who’s playing the role that people admire so much. It’s like, “I’m just me! Why are you so excited for just me?!” It doesn’t click for me. But, I’m so proud of this project and I’m so excited to share it. It’s something that I believe in so much, and I would love to play Clary for as long as I can. I’m a firm believer in whatever happens, happens, and just go with the flow, but if that means that people are in love with the movie and support it and continue to be fans, then that’s a blessing. That’s amazing to have.
Lily also talked about working on the indie movie:
For Collins, who last appeared onscreen as Snow White in Mirror Mirror and will star in this summer’s hopeful franchise The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the experience of working on a smaller movie was part of the appeal of the project. “The whole idea [that] this character got to go up against Julianne, I just saw as an amazing opportunity even if it was just a couple scenes,” Collins says about her work with her respected co-star. “I’d never done an independent film before and I thought it would be the best way to kind of introduce [myself] to that [world]. Not to mention, you don’t turn down an opportunity to work with Julianne! It’s the best way to learn and have experience.”
The film will have its theatrical premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26. It opens in theaters on May 17.
The official synopsis of the movie follows below:
Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature. She maintains no close personal relationships aside from those she has with her favorite authors and stories. Her life is far less complicated than the dramas she devours on the page, and she likes it that way.
But Linda’s simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Michael Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father, Dr. Tom Sherwood (Greg Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can’t stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play – a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work – as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Nathan Lane) directing.
As Linda, now well out of her normal comfort zone, takes further risks in life and love, the stage is set for highly comic downfall. With the play, her reputation, and her teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself. Amidst the ruins of her formerly perfect life, can she find a way to her own unique storybook ending?
The indie comedy movie will release on May 17th. It also stars Michael Angarano, Julianne Moore and Nathan Lane.