Lynn Collins

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Lynn Collins
LynnCollinsApr09.jpg
Collins at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere, April 2009
BornViola Lynn Collins
(1977-05-16) May 16, 1977 (age 37)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (B.F.A. 1999)
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Steven Strait (2007–)
 
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This article is about Lynn Collins the actress. For the soul singer, see Lyn Collins.
Lynn Collins
LynnCollinsApr09.jpg
Collins at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere, April 2009
BornViola Lynn Collins
(1977-05-16) May 16, 1977 (age 37)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (B.F.A. 1999)
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Steven Strait (2007–)

Viola Lynn Collins[1][2] (born May 16, 1977)[2][3] is an American actress. She made television appearances in True Blood and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and is recognized for her roles in films such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and John Carter.

Youth and education[edit]

Collins was born in Houston, Texas, and has stated that she is of Scottish, Irish, and Cherokee descent.[4][5] She spent her formative years in Singapore,[1] with "summers in Japan where my parents were getting their fourth and fifth and sixth dan in Shitaru ... Okinawa-style karate".[6] During a childhood Christmas pageant in which she played Mrs. Claus, Collins discovered her love for acting.[1]

She attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (Group 28: 1995–1999)[7] where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[3]

Career[edit]

Collins made her television debut in 1999, in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and went on to star onstage as Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, followed by a turn as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.[1] After bit parts that included a stint on the show Haunted and roles in the movies Down with Love, 50 First Dates and 13 Going on 30,[1] she gained notice playing Portia in the film The Merchant of Venice, starring opposite Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons.[1]

She furthered her profile in 2008 when she was cast as Jason Stackhouse's girlfriend Dawn Green in the first season of the HBO vampire series True Blood, and through a featured role as the hero's love interest in the 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman. Her first leading film role came in 2012 when she was cast as the headstrong Martian princess Dejah Thoris in John Carter.

Personal life[edit]

Collins married actor Steven Strait in 2007 after a four year relationship.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Collins at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
YearFilmRole
2002Never Get Outta the Boat[citation needed]Stacy
2003Down with LoveBeatnik Girl
200413 Going on 30Wendy
200450 First DatesLinda
2004The Merchant of VenicePortia
2006Return to RajapurSara Reardon
2006The Lake HouseMona
2006The Dog ProblemLola
2006BugR.C.
2007The Number 23Suicide Blonde\Mrs. Dobkins\Young Fingerling's Mother
2007NumbSara Harrison
2007TowelheadThena Panos
2008Life in FlightKate
2008UncertaintyKate
2008EavesdropTallulah
2009Blood Creek[citation needed]Barb
2009X-Men Origins: WolverineKayla Silverfox
2010City IslandVince's Bombshell Girlfriend
2011Angels CrestCindy
201110 YearsAnna
2012John CarterDejah Thoris
2012Unconditional[8]Samantha Crawford

Television[edit]

YearEpisodeRoleNotes
1999Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVirginia Hayes1 episode
2001Earth AngelsCatarin
2001The Education of Max Bickford1 episode
2002One for the MoneyStephanie Plum
2002Push, NevadaBRB's Wife1 episode
2002HauntedAssistant D.A. Jessica Manning5 episodes
2008True BloodDawn Green5 episodes
2013ElementaryTanya Barrett1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Top 99 Women, 2012 Edition: Lynn Collins". AskMen.com. 2012, n.d. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Collins, Viola Lynn", Texas Birth Index, 1926-1995. One source, AskMen.com, cited above, gives June 1, 1979. Collins, in the Daily Record interview below, refers to May as her birth month.
  3. ^ a b "Lynn Collins". All Movie Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Mike (March 9, 2012). "Lynn Collins, 'John Carter' Star, Cried While Reading the Script (In a Good Way)". The Huffington Post. AOL. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ Millar, John (March 4, 2012). "Classic Actress Turns Alien Princess for Out-of-this-World Movie Epic John Carter". Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ Busch, Jenna (March 9, 2012). "'John Carter': Lynn Collins on Female Warriors, Actor Slapping". Zap2it.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. May 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  8. ^ http://unconditionalthemovie.com/

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