Lily Collins, star of Ted Bundy biopic: 'Murder victims contacted me'

Danny Thompson
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Lily Collins attends the “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” European premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on April 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile star Lily Collins believes Ted Bundy’s victims contacted her to thank her for telling their story.

In the controversial movie the actress plays Elizabeth Kloepfer, long-term girlfriend of the infamous serial killer, played by Zac Efron. Bundy murdered at least thirty young women in 1970s America, and was executed for his crimes in 1989.

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Talking to the Guardian, the 30-year-old actress explained that while preparing for the role, she would would wake every night at 3.05am. She said: “I would go downstairs and have a cup of tea, trying to figure out why I had woken up again.

“I started being woken up by flashes of images, like the aftermath of a struggle.

“I discovered that 3am is the time when the veil between the realms is the thinnest and one can be visited.”

This lead her to believe women who were murdered by Bundy were trying to contact her. She said: “I didn’t feel scared – I felt supported. I felt like people were saying: “We’re here listening. We’re here to support. Thank you for telling the story.”

(Original Caption) Orlando, Fla.: Theodore Bundy watches intently during the third day of jury selection at his trial in Orlando for the murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.

Talking of her recent leaning towards darker film roles, the actress, who is the daughter of music superstar Phil Collins, said: “My choices have tended to go quite dark.

“I really enjoy playing these characters that, under the surface, have so much more going on than they are saying, or who seem like they are barely keeping it together.”

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Collins was praised by her co-star Efron for her performance in the film. He told ET Online: “I was like, ‘We didn’t even get to rehearse and Lily is going for awards already?’

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 26: (L-R) James Hetfield, Haley Joel Osment, Angela Sarafyan, Joe Berlinger, Lily Collins, Zac Efron, and Morgan Pyle (front) attends the “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile” Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 26, 2019 in Park City, U (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

“She’s so good! And I just sat at home and said, ‘Zac, you gotta be better, you gotta be better, how can you do it?’”

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, directed by Joe Berlinger, will be in theatres 3 May.