Lily Collins Says It’s Dangerous to Hunt Demons In High Heels

Mark Deming
Movie Talk
Lily Collins
Lily Collins

What's the most dangerous part about saving the world from demons? Doing it in fashionable footwear, of course.

Lily Collins stars in next month's "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," the big-screen adaptation of the hugely popular fantasy book by Cassandra Clare. In the movie, Collins plays Clary, an ordinary teenager who discovers it's her destiny to become a demon hunter, and along with the fighting skills come the proper butt-kicking costume.

During an interview at the San Diego Comic-Con, where Collins was promoting the film, Collins talked about the fine art of running in five-inch heels, something every good demon hunter must learn to do.

"Doing stunts in a basic top that's a dress and 5-inch, leather thigh-high boots, that's not normal," Collins said. "That's not easy. I didn't have any injuries, though. That was great."

Of course, there's a lot to be for acquiring a new skill, and Collins says this one improved her self-image. "Running around in heels, being able to do all that and not injuring myself is kind of a boost of confidence," Collins said. With a smile, she added, "Every girl needs that experience."

So what advice does Collins have for fellow demon hunters who may have to chase some creature in snazzy boots? "Don't think about it too much," Collins said. "Because the more you think about it, the more you're going to trip."

The daughter of musician Phil Collins, 24-year-old Lily made her screen debut as Sandra Bullock's daughter in "The Blind Side," and played Snow White opposite Julia Roberts as the Wicked Queen in "Mirror Mirror." With "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," she's poised to become the lynchpin in a major franchise (a follow-up is already in pre-production). But even if "City of Bones" flops, she figures she can still put her new talents to work.

"I grew up loving trying on heels, so now I'm fine running in them," Collins said. "It's good. I can put it on my CV. If [acting] doesn't work for me, I could always run races for charity in heels."

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" opens in theaters on August 21, 2013. No word yet on a boot-endorsement tie in for the movie.