Lynn Collins is an American actor who is best known for playing key roles in films such as ‘John Carter’ and ‘X- Men Origins: Wolverine.’ She was born in Houston, Texas, and later shifted to Singapore during her adolescence. Following her graduation from the drama division of ‘Juilliard School,’ she continued to pursue her dreams of being an actor. Thereafter, she got her breakthrough role, which was for a single episode of the TV series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’ She garnered recognition for the role of ‘Portia’ in the film ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ Since then, she has appeared in films such as ‘Down with Love,’ ‘Fifty First Dates,’ ‘13 Going on 30,’ ‘The Lake House,’ ‘Life in Flight,’ and ‘The Wolverine.’ She also appeared in TV series such as ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘Earth Angels,’ ‘The Education of Max Bickford,’ ‘Push, Nevada,’ ‘Haunted,’ ‘True Blood,’ ‘Elementary,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ ‘A Mother Betrayed,’ and ‘Manhunt: Unabomber.’ Lynn was nominated for the ‘Golden Satellite Award’ and the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for her roles in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ respectively.
Childhood & Early Life
Lynn Collins was born Viola Lynn Collins, on May 16, 1977, in Houston, Texas. She moved to Singapore with her parents when she was four years old. She spent her summers in Japan, as her parents were getting their karate ranks upgraded there. She, too, is a trained martial artist.
After spending six years in Singapore, she returned to Houston along with her family. While in Texas, she completed her elementary education from ‘Klein High School.’ After moving to Singapore, she joined the ‘Singapore American School.’ In 1999, she graduated with a BFA degree from ‘Juilliard.’
She discovered her passion for acting at an early age. Her desire turned into a dream when she acted at a Christmas pageant. As soon as she completed her graduation, she went to New York and bagged her first acting project.
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In 1999, she made her first TV appearance in an episode of the series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’ She played ‘Virginia Hayes,’ a single-episode role in the series. Following this acting stint, she also appeared in plays such as ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
In 2001, she bagged the role of ‘Catarin’ in the TV film ‘Earth Angels.’ She then appeared in small roles in series such as ‘The Education of Max Bickford’ and ‘Push, Nevada.’ Following this, she bagged the role of ‘Assistant D.A. Jessica Manning’ in the 2002 series ‘Haunted.’ Her role in this series continued for five episodes. It was her longest appearance in a series till 2002.
Finally, in 2002, she made her film debut with ‘Never Get Outta the Boat.’ This was a small role that went unnoticed by audiences. The film failed to earn her the appreciation she deserved.
In 2003, she was cast in the role of ‘Beatnik Girl’ in the film ‘Down with Love.’ She also starred in films such as ‘50 First Dates’ and ‘13 Going on 30,’ but her roles failed to earn recognition.
Finally, in 2004, she bagged a major role that changed her career forever. She got an opportunity to portray the character of ‘Portia’ in the film ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ This role earned her the recognition she deserved. Her performance was appreciated by both critics and audiences. Her performance earned her a nomination for the ‘Golden Satellite Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actress- Musical or Comedy’ in 2005.
Her portrayal of ‘Portia’ helped her grab various other film offers. In 2006, she bagged the role of ‘R.C’ in the film titled ‘Bug.’ The same year, she appeared in an Indian film named ‘Return to Rajapur.’
Over the next few years, she continued to appear in many films. She appeared as ‘Mona’ in the film ‘The Lake House’ and as ‘Lola’ in the film ‘The Dog Problem.’ She also played key roles in films such as ‘The Number 23,’ ‘Numb,’ and ‘Towelhead.’
In 2008, she appeared as ‘Dawn Green’ in the dark fantasy–horror TV series ‘True Blood.’ She appeared in the first season of this series. It consisted of 12 episodes, of which Lynn appeared in five. The same year, she appeared in films such as ‘Life in Flight,’ ‘Uncertainty,’ and ‘Eavesdrop.’
She extended her TV roles with sitcoms such as ‘Elementary,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ and ‘Manhunt: Unbomber.’ In 2015, she appeared in a TV film titled ‘A Mother Betrayed.’
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In 2009, she appeared in the film ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ The movie gathered immense appreciation. The American superhero film featured her as ‘Kayla Silverfox,’ a mutant equipped with the superpower of convincing people to work according to her whims by merely touching them. Her role in the film earned her a nomination for the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for the ‘Choice Movie: Fresh Face- Female.’
In the years that followed, she appeared in films such as ‘City Island,’ ‘Angels Crest,’ and ’10 Years.’
In 2012, she was cast as ‘Dejah Thoris’ in the American science-fiction film ‘John Carter.’ The film received average reviews.
She also appeared as ‘Samantha Crawford’ in ‘Unconditional.’ In 2016, Lynn appeared as ‘Maria’ in ‘The Hollow Point.’ She is currently busy filming her upcoming film ‘Rim of the World,’ which is scheduled to be released in 2019.
Lynn Collins grew up in a spiritual and religious family as an ardent Christian. Hence, she developed an inclination toward spirituality. Later in life, she explored various religions and did not limit herself to any particular faith.
She studied astrology but felt it was a challenging art.
Since 2013, Collins was in a relationship with American actor Steven Strait. They got married on December 23, 2007, after a serious relationship of four years.
However, things turned sour between the couple soon. They decided to part ways and filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in 2013.
In 2014, she found love again. She married musician Matthew Boyle in November, 2014. They have a child.