Lynn Collins Career Milestones
Born: Viola Lynn Collins
Birth Date: 16 May 1977
Birth Place: Texas, USA
Actress Lynn Collins displayed her tremendous range and versatility starring opposite Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Joseph Fiennes in the leading female role in Michael Radford’s “The Merchant of Venice”. The film made its debut at the Venice Film Festival in August of 2004 and was released by Sony Classics on December 29th, 2004.
This past February, Collins was seen on stage at New York’s legendary Lucille Lortel Theater in the production of “A Very Common Procedure.” Collins received rave reviews for her portrayal of Carolyn Goldenhersh, a young woman who loses her baby during a routine surgery.
Most recently, Collins completed production on “Life in Flight” starring Patrick Wilson. Directed by Tracey Hecht, the film tells the story of a confused architect (Wilson) who begins to second guess life when he meets an urban designer played by Collins. She also rounds out the cast of Alan Ball’s highly anticipated film, “Nothing is Private”. Based on the novel Towelhead by Alicia Erian, the film also stars Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Toni Collette. Scott Rudin will produce.
NUMB, also starring Matthew Perry, tells the story of a chronically depressed screenwriter (Perry) who is desperately trying to cure his condition when he meets the girl of his dreams (Collins). The film will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 30, 2007.
Collins was last seen in Joel Schumacher’s THE NUMBER 23 with Jim Carey and Virginia Madsen, which was released by New Line on February 23, 2007.
In 2006, Collins starred alongside Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in THE LAKEHOUSE. The film, directed by Alejandro Agretsi, revolves around a lonely doctor (Bullock) and a frustrated architect (Reeves). The two begin exchanging letters and come to discover that they are actually living two years apart.
In the summer of 2005, Lynn played the lead role of “Rosalind” in The NYSF Public Theatre’s production of “As You Like It” at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, for which she received also rave reviews.
Also in 2005, she completed production on “The Dog Problem”, a film written and directed by Scott Caan. The film also stars Giovanni Ribisi, Mena Suvari, Don Cheadle and Scott Caan and screened at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.
In 2004, Collins appeared in the box office hit “13 Going on 30”, with Jennifer Garner and “50 First Dates”, with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Collins was born and raised in Texas but moved to New York upon acceptance into the esteemed Julliard School in Manhattan to study acting. While at Julliard, Lynn was honored with the two most prestigious awards given to drama students: The Houseman Award, for Exceptional Ability in Classical Theatre and Command of Language and The Michel St. Denis Award, given to one member of the graduating class for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to the Ensemble.
After graduating, Collins landed her first starring role on the New York stage, playing “Ophelia” opposite Liev Schrieber in The NYSF Public Theatre’s production of “Hamlet.” Among other roles that followed included Shakespeare’s “Juliet” in Sir Peter Hall’s production of “Romeo And Juliet” at the Ahmanson Theatre and John Barton’s Shakespeare special for PBS. Collins’ landed her first leading role on Broadway in Scott Elliot’s production of “The Women” at The Roundabout Theatre. Collins divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City.