"Frankly, I would be too afraid of comparisons," Lily Collins confessed about her decision not to pursue a singing career like her father.
Lily Collins desired independence and to succeed on her own. Collins, the famous musician Phil Collins' daughter, discussed making sure she didn't receive a "free pass" because of her family name in a recent interview with Vogue France. "It was out of the question that people would think that I use a free pass thanks to my name," Collins told the outlet, via Entertainment Tonight Canada.
"I’m proud of my dad, but I wanted to be me, not just his daughter. For that, I was ready to wait to break through." She went on to explain how attempting to break into the acting industry had taught her to focus on the task at hand rather than attempting to utilize her kin's reputation to her advantage.
Lily continued about her decision not to pursue a singing career like her well-known father by saying, “I love to sing. But as I wanted to make my own way, far from the paternal genius, I preferred to be an actress.” She did dabble in music though, recalling, “I played in a few musicals because it’s the only setting in which I allow myself to sing. Frankly, I would be too afraid of comparisons!” According to PEOPLE, Lily is in a position to help her dad because she has made it to the spotlight on her own. She attended his band Genesis's final performance in London this past March and sent him well wishes on his 71st birthday earlier this year. "Thank you @genesis_band for the memories, thank you dad for being such an inspiration and thank you @nic_collins for making me the proudest sister there is," she wrote in an Instagram post.
The actress gives another relative credit today for assisting in her direction. The diva, who has been married to Charlie McDowell for over a year, raved over her union last month, calling the director her "best friend" with whom she can "conquer anything."
"We've been through so many changes globally, personally, and to be able to have a partner next to you that makes you laugh in times when you need it the most and helps you emotionally get through things, like moving to a foreign country for four months," she said in an interview with E! News. She added, "I just feel so grateful that I have someone next to me to be able to accomplish that and your best friend with you all the time."
The TV celebrity isn't the only well-known figure to discuss the "nepotism baby" concept lately. Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, brought up the subject in a recent Elle magazine interview, according to FoxNews. "The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things, she told the outlet. The model clarified that she wasn't directly comparing the two careers, but Depp continued to compare the situation to someone who decided to become a doctor. "Well, you’re only a doctor because your parent is a doctor.’ It’s like, ‘No, I went to medical school and trained."
Cover Image Source: (L) Getty Images | Amy Sussman; (R) Instagram | Phil Collins