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 36)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (B.F.A. 1999)
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Steven Strait (2007–present)
 
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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 36)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (B.F.A. 1999)
OccupationActress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Steven Strait (2007–present)

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.

Early life 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[8] in 2008 after a four-year relationship.[9] Describing herself in 2012 as "a functioning alcoholic" while shooting X-Men Origins: Wolverine in Australia in 2008,[9] Collins credits Strait with helping her recover when "I took it all to hell ... Whatever I was doing, he was the rock, and now there’s two rocks. It's a more equal relationship, but it wasn’t always like that."[9]

Collins was raised in a "very, very religious" family of Southern Baptists, and has since explored several religious faiths, describing herself as a "pretty spiritual person".[5][10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRole
2002Never Get Outta the Boat[citation needed]Stacy
2003Down with LoveBeatnik Girl
200413 Going on 30Wendy
50 First DatesLinda
The Merchant of VenicePortia
2006Return to Rajapur[11]Sara Reardon
The Lake HouseMona
The Dog ProblemLola
BugR.C.
2007The Number 23Suicide Blonde\Mrs. Dobkins\Young Fingerling's Mother
NumbSara Harrison
TowelheadThena Panos
2008Life in FlightKate
UncertaintyKate
EavesdropTallulah
2009Blood Creek[citation needed]Barb
X-Men Origins: WolverineKayla Silverfox
2010City IslandVince's Bombshell Girlfriend
2011Angels CrestCindy
10 YearsAnna
2012John CarterDejah Thoris
Unconditional[12]Samantha Crawford

Television[edit]

YearEpisodeRoleNotes
1999Law & Order: Special Victims UnitVirginia Hayes(1 episode)
2001Earth AngelsCatarin
The Education of Max Bickford(1 episode)
2002One for the MoneyStephanie Plum
Push, NevadaBRB's Wife(1 episode)
HauntedAssistant D.A. Jessica Manning(5 episodes)
2003Splitsville'
2008True BloodDawn Green(5 episodes)
2013ElementaryTanya Barrett(1 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. ^ a b 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. ^ Gelt, Jessica (September 9, 2000). "Supper Club, where dining is a class act". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 4, 1992 2011. "Other sun-soaked Hollywood guests included actress Lynn Collins ('True Blood' and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine') and her husband, actor Steven Strait...." 
  9. ^ a b c Barna, Ben (March 8, 2012). "Lynn Collins is Ready to Blast-Off in the Epic 'John Carter'". BlackBook. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012. "When you're a functioning alcoholic, you can hide it. And I was young enough that it didn't show in my face. But it got to a point where somebody was like, it's not cute anymore, and I was like, Oh God." 
  10. ^ Fanning, Evan. "Down to Earth with the Most Beautiful Woman in the Universe". The Independent (UK). Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Return to Rajapur - IMDB
  12. ^ http://unconditionalthemovie.com/

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