'Mortal Instruments' Actress Lily Collins Didn't Want Clary To Be 'A Constant Victim'

Damsels in distress...ugh. We here at Hollywood Crush prefer our protagonists to be butt-kickers of the highest order—or, at the very least, BAMFs in training. And, happily, so too does actress Lily Collins, who plays teen Clary Fray in the upcoming "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

When we caught up with the starlet recently at WonderCon, she revealed how she made the character her own—and a fighter, to boot.

"I actually saw a lot of similarities between Clary and I," Lily said. "She's a go-getter. She's feisty. She fights for what she believes in, and I really associate a lot of her qualities with mine, but I also wanted to bring this realness to her, like she was just the girl next door, because I didn't want her to be this caricature of a fan-favorite heroine in a book. I wanted her to be someone you could be friends with next door."

Not an easy task, considering Clary is actually a descendant of a long line of demon-destroying Nephilim known as Shadowhunters. (I don't know about you, but the only super-human ability my childhood neighbor had was flying across the Slip 'n Slide really fast.) So how did Lily accomplish this feat?

"[By] incorporating a bit more humor into some of the situations with [Clary] and the boys—just not making her a constant victim," she explained. "Because I think when you're going through so many whats and whys in the span of every five minutes, those reactions could become really similar, and it becomes more of this, 'Oh, poor me. I'm in this situation.' When she's really like, 'Another problem? Solved! Another problem? Let's go!' So it's that really tenacious attitude I tried to incorporate more."

Tenacity will definitely be an asset when it comes to contending with a certain snarky Shadowhunter!

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" hits theater August 23.

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