For Lily, it doesn't get more real than this, since she herself suffered from an eating disorder.
Having such a strong connection to the character she plays, she felt the full weight of it when watching the final cut.
Speaking with Net-A-Porter’s The Edit magazine, Lily explained that her mum was in shock also.
"The first time she was a bit in shock. The second time I looked over at the end and she was sobbing; it really hit her hard,” Lily shared. "I knew it wouldn’t be easy with the book ["Unfiltered"], talking about all this. I never wanted her to feel responsible; she’s like my best friend."
She adds, “When she saw the movie, I think she recognised so much of me in [my character] Ellen. There’s a scene where I’m taking my clothes off to be weighed by Carrie Preston, my stepmom in the movie, who takes a photo on her phone and shows it to me. I didn’t think she’d actually take one but she did. I saw myself in the photo and my heart dropped."
"So when my mom saw the film, she saw Lily’s reaction because she knows me the best."
Lily went deeper into explaining her own disorder: "When I went through my eating disorder, I never sought medical assistance.
"I created myths in my head about how I should get through things, so the idea that I could surround myself with truth and feel comfortable enough to speak mine allowed me to breathe."
If you, or anyone you know are suffering from an eating disorder, contact The Butterfly Foundation at 1800 33 4673, or visit their site.