Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lynn (Dawn Green) Collins is a hit in new Wolverine movie

Dallas notes that Lynn is a Texan and grew up in Houston!

No joke: Lynn Collins' role was vital to Wolverine' story
By RICK BENTLEY Kansas City Star

LOS ANGELES - Lynn Collins had little time to think once she was cast as Kayla Silverfox, the love interest in the new summer action film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

"When I got the job, within 72 hours, I was on a cliff in my underwear kissing Hugh Jackman in New Zealand. I had no time to prepare," Collins says during an interview at the 20th Century Fox lot.

The Texas native was already nervous about being cast in the biggest movie of her career - she is the only major female character in the film. She's appeared in an assortment of television and film roles - from "True Blood" and "The Lake House" - but nothing compared to the kind of notice she's going to get from "Wolverine." She felt like she was representing the entire female audience.

All that pressure looked like it was about to overflow when early in the filming Jackman told her there was a problem with the early footage: Her outfits weren't skimpy enough.

That made sense. Collins' character is supposed to be alluring enough to win the heart of Wolverine.

"So, I was like, '(expletive deleted). OK. Whatever.' He was like, 'So, we found something for you. We put it in your trailer. Can you please try it on?'" Collins says.

She went to her trailer and found a tiny silver Spandex dress - which she describes by forming a box with her hands. The dress was so tiny it didn't cover everything that needed to be covered. Collins had a panic attack.

Finally, after some clever adjustments of the material, she emerged from her trailer.

"I opened the door and everybody was cracking up. Hugh said, 'April Fool's,'" Collins says. "I finally decided it was OK because I didn't have to wear the green-and-black outfits Kayla Silverfox has had to wear in some of the comics."

Collins' familiarity with the character doesn't come from growing up as a comic reader. Friends have filled her in on the character's legend.

Collins spent her youth living in both Houston and Singapore because of her father's work in the oil business.

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