Lynn Collins is truly a woman of the world. Born Viola Lynn Collins in Texas in 1979, Lynn spent her youth in Singapore before returning to study drama at the prestigious Julliard school in New York. She would find another home in London while working steadily in California. It was Shakespeare in which Lynn found her voice on stage, and indeed, she would find herself opposite Al Pacino’s Shylock in the film version of “The Merchant of Venice” in 2004.
Television was the medium that provided Lynn’s career to get moving, but by the middle of the 2000s, she was popping up on the big screen in films like “13 Going on 30,” “Bug” and “The Lake House.” She had a role as a blonde in Jim Carrey’s “The Number 23” just before an explosive 2008 in which she appeared in four projects including the HBO vampire drama “True Blood.” But with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Lynn finally has the opportunity for a mainstream blockbuster to spread her name throughout a vast audience, an opportunity she hopes to see again, and soon.
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Wolverine Has a Girlfriend
Video and images from the actress' photo shoot for GQ.com
Pics of Lynn in her various roles.
About.com “Merchant of Venice” Interview
Lynn on working with Al Pacino and others in the Shakespeare film.
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“Wolverine” World Premiere
Lynn and other cast members reflect on the making of the movie.
“Merchant of Venice” Clip
Lynn works the screen opposite Pacino in a brief excerpt.
“Number 23” Clip
Lynn and Jim Carrey in the “Suicide Blonde” scene from the film.
Lynn on the Screen
Lynn made her debut on “Law & Order: SVU” way back in 1999 when she was 20. Numerous TV roles followed before roles in “Down with Love,” “50 First Dates,” “13 Going on 30” and “The Merchant of Venice” came calling. She’s R.C. in “Bug,” the Suicide Blonde in “Number 23,” Thena Panos in “Nothing is Private,” and Dawn Green for five episodes of “True Blood.”
Kicking off the 2009 summer blockbuster season is “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Lynn is playing Logan’s old flame, Kayla Silverfox.
On the lesson of working on “Merchant of Venice”:
“As a woman in a group of men, I had to stop relying on anything other than my intelligence and my talent. And that was a big lesson for me that actually pretty much changed my life.”