Cassandra Clare shares unedited Clary and Jace cave scene from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

I was feeling bad about being unforthcoming with spoilers, so have some Clace feels from Cassandra Jean’s postcard set for City of Heavenly Fire! (Yes, these are all scenes that happen.)

Art by Cassandra Jean

Yes, you read that right! Six months after the release of City of Heavenly Fire – can you believe it’s been half a year already? Cassandra Clare has shared the unedited Clace cave scene with her fans.

Are you ready for the complete DSES (Dirty Sexy Edom Scene)?

You demand zee sexytimes? Fine, here they are! I break! My will = shattered. Okay, so basically this is just the Jace and Clary cave scene (yes, THAT one) from CoHF before it was edited down for length and Less Obviousness About What Was Happening. I don’t think they actually do anything different here, and really it’s a scene about people having feelings about sex rather than particularly about sex. But enjoy! Um, happy Thanksgiving!

…For a moment Jace just looked at her in astonishment, his lips parted slightly; Clary felt her cheeks flush. He was looking at her like she was the first star that had ever come out in the sky, a miracle painted across the face of the world that he could barely believe in. He swallowed. “Let me —“ he said, and broke off. “Can I kiss you? Please?”

Instead of nodding, she leaned down to press her lips to his. If their first kiss in the water had been an explosion, this was a sun going supernova. A hard, hot, driving kiss, a nip at her lower lip and the clash of tongues and teeth, both of them pressing as hard as they could to get closer.  They were glued together, skin and fabric, a heady mix of the chill of the water, the heat of their bodies, and the frictionless slide of damp skin.

Jace lifted her, dragging her up his body, and she felt him suck in his breath at the contact. His hands slid under her, grasping her thighs as he walked them both out of the lake. The cold air hit her body and she shuddered; Jace went down on his knees on the powdery sand beach, laying her gently atop the pile of their heaped clothes.

Clary stretched her body out, trying to line herself up with him, and saw his eyes darken as he watched her. Her wet underclothes clung to her body as Jace’s clung to his. She let her eyes roam over him, taking in what was familiar and what wasn’t: the flare of his shoulders, the curve of his waist, the scars on his skin … her gaze dipped lower …

He laughed, a low, dark rasp. “It’s a little unfair,” he said, breathlessly, “that you can tell how much I want this just by looking at me and I can’t tell the same thing about you.”

She shifted under him. Their bodies scraped together and his pulse jumped, his hands digging into the sand on either side of her. “Look at me,” she said.

His eyes had been half-lidded; he opened them wide now, and stared at her. There was hunger in his, a hot devouring hunger that would have frightened her if it had been anyone else but Jace. But it was Jace, and she trusted him. “Look at me,” she said, and his eyes raked her, adoring, devouring, swallowing, and her body felt as if burning liquid were surging through it everywhere his gaze touched. He dragged his eyes back up to her face: they fixed on her mouth. “I do want you,” she said. “I always have.” She kissed him, slow and hard. “I want to, if you do.”

“If I want to?” There was a wild edge to his soft laugh. She could hear the soft rasp of sand between his fingers, saw the hesitation in his eyes, the concern for her, and she lifted herself up and wrapped her legs around his hips. He pressed his hot face into her throat, his breath ragged. “If you do that — I won’t be able to stop —“

“Don’t stop, I don’t want you to stop,” she said, and tightened her grip on him, and with a growl he took her mouth again, hot and demanding, sucking her lower lip into his mouth, his tongue sliding against hers. She tasted him in her mouth, the salt of sweat and cave water. She had never been kissed like this before, even by Jace. His tongue explored her mouth before he moved down her throat: she felt wet heat at the hollow of her collarbone and almost screamed. She grabbed at him instead, running her hands all over his body, wildly free in the knowledge that she could touch him, as much as she liked, however she liked. She felt as if she were drawing him, her hands mapping his shape, the slope of his back, flat stomach, the indentations above his hips, the muscles in his arms. As if, like a painting, he were coming to life under her hands.

When his hands slid underneath her bra to cup her breasts, she gasped at the sensation, then nodded at him when he froze, his eyes questioning. Go on. He unsnapped the front and the bra fell open and for a moment he just froze, staring at her as if she shone like witchlight.

Then he bent his head again and the feel of his mouth on her breasts did make her scream. She clapped a hand over her mouth, but he reached up and pried it away. “I want to hear you,” he said, and it wasn’t a demand, but a low, prayerful yearning. She nodded and buried her hands in his hair.

He kissed her shoulders and her breasts, her stomach, her hips; he kissed her everywhere while she gasped and moved against him in ways that made him moan and beg her to stop or it would all be over too soon. She laughed through her gasps, told him to go on, tried to hold herself still but it was impossible.

He stopped before removing each piece of clothing from either of them, asking her with eyes and words if he should keep going, and each time she nodded and said yes, go on, yes. And when finally there was nothing between them but skin, she stilled her hands, thinking that there was no way to ever be closer to another person than this, that to take another step would be like cracking open her chest and exposing her heart.

 She felt Jace’s muscles flex as he reached past her for something, and heard the crackle of foil. “Good thing I brought my wallet,” he said, his voice unsteady.

Suddenly everything seemed very real; she felt a sudden flash of fear. “Wait,” she whispered.

He stilled. His free hand was cradling her head, his elbows dug deep into the sand on either side of her, keeping his weight off her body. All of him was tense and shaking, and the pupils of his eyes were wide, the iris just a rim of gold. “Is something wrong?”

Hearing Jace sound uncertain — she thought maybe her heart was cracking, shattering into pieces. “No,” she whispered. “Just — kiss me,” she pleaded, and he did, not moving to do anything else, just kissing her: hot languorous slow kisses that sped up as his heartbeat did, as the movement of their bodies quickened against each other. Each kiss was different, each rising higher and higher like a spark as a fire grew: quick soft kisses that told her he loved her, long slow worshipful kisses that said that he trusted her, playful light kisses that said that he still had hope, adoring kisses that said he had faith in her as he did in no one else. Clary abandoned herself to the kisses, the language of them, the wordless speech that passed between them. His hands were shaking, but they were quick and skilled on her body, light touches making her want more and more until she pushed and pulled at him, urging him against her with the mute appeal of fingers and lips and hands.

And even at the final moment, when she did flinch, she pressed him to go on, wrapping herself around him, not letting him go. “Jace,” she whispered, and he bent his head to kiss her as he carefully, carefully started to move. She could see in the tension of his body, his grip on her shoulder, that he didn’t want it to be over too quickly: he closed his eyes, his lips moving, silently shaping her name.

 In the past days, weeks, her body had been torn by weapons, by shards of glass, flung through Portals, broken and bruised. Now she let all that fall away, let her body remind itself that it was also a thing that could give pleasure to her, and to the person she loved most in the world.

“I love you,” she said, her hands in his hair. “I love you.”

She saw his eyes widen and something behind his expression crack. The last wall around his heart, the last piece of self-protection he’d held in place. It crumbled away into blazing light as he came undone against her, like sunlight bursting into a room that had been walled up for a long, long time. He buried his face in her neck, saying her name over and over before he collapsed against her shoulder. And when finally Clary closed her eyes she thought she saw the cavern blaze up in gold and white, wrapping them both in heavenly fire, the most beautiful thing she had ever seen.

By the Angel, who needs a cold shower? ;-)

Cassie also tweeted about the bonus content from the different City of Heavenly Fire editions:

Tell us your thoughts and share your fangirling about the DSES in the comments!

E! Online asks what YA franchise has the fiercest heroine?


E! Online asked which Young Adult franchise has the fiercest heroine? Here’s what they had to say about The Mortal Instruments‘ Clary Fray.

Clary Fray, The Mortal Instruments (Lily Collins)

Strengths: The Shadowhunter can see monsters mortals can’t—which comes in handy when they’re trying to kill her and the people she loves. Clary also possesses the ability to create new runes because of the extra angel blood running through her veins.

Weaknesses: Clary can be quite stubborn at times. Not long after her mother goes missing, she learns that her father, Jonathan Rhys Meyers‘ Valentine Morgenstern, has been experimenting on the Downworlders and demons, making him one of the most dangerous men she’s ever encountered. For a time, she even believed that that her boyfriend, Jamie Campbell Bower‘s Jace Lightwood, might be her biological brother. Talk about a head-trip!

Get Clary’s ‘City of Lost Souls’ cover look

Halloween is fast approaching, and in case you needed any help with possible costume ideas, Simon Teen created a post about how you can re-create cover looks from your favorite Young Adult books, including Clary from City of Lost Souls.

Clary COLS

Don’t forget to enter our third annual Halloween Costume Contest, which runs through November 2.

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Sneak peek at ‘The Shadowhunter’s Codex’ – A note from Clary

Simon Teen has shared their second sneak peek at The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis, coming October 29. This sneak peek features a note from Clary (as it is her copy) inside of the Codex. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks from The Shadowhunter’s Codex from Simon Teen!



‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’ calendar: Clary and Tessa

In addition to working on a calendar that features the male characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices and TLH, Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean are also collaborating on a calendar which will feature the girls.

Have a look at Clary who represents August and Tessa as Miss September:

Clary and Tessa as August and September for mine and Cassandra Jean’s calendar of Shadowhunter girls. Clary looks as if she is thinking ravishing thoughts about angels and Tessa is thinking ravishing thoughts about books: fitting!

Only 3 months left! Who else do you want to see? Sound off in the comments!

Adorable set photo of younger Clarys from ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

Cassandra Clare shared this adorable set photo of the two girls that played younger versions of Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. How cute are they?!


Going through and clearing out my camera I found this totes cute picture of the little girls who played Past!Clary in the TMI movie.


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Chroniken der Unterwelt – City of Bones) was released in German cinemas on August 29 and we have found a new German movie poster for you:

german movie posters

Here’s a closer look at our heroine Clary Fray:


© Constantin Film Verleih GmbH

So gorgeous, right?

UPDATE: Thanks to Constantin Film Verleih GmbH we also have bigger versions of two other movie posters.

Exclusive: Lily Collins talks journey, fan interaction and challenges in ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’

Lily Collins;Jonathan Rhys Meyers

We had the pleasure of chatting with Clary Fray herself, Lily Collins at The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones press junket on August 9 in Los Angeles, along with Page to Premiere and TMI Examiner.

Lily opened up to us about the long and arduous journey she went through to get to this point, how thrilled she is to interact with fans, the challenge of having to convey an array of emotions as Clary, and how Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine genuinely terrified her.

Angelic Power Rune

Can you talk about the process you’ve gone through with this project?

Lily Collins: I was a fan of the books before I was cast and so it was a story that resonated a lot with me. The relationship with her mom, I’m super close with my mom. The fact that she’s never victimized. She’s passionate, compassionate, loyal. All these attributes that she has are so important to me in a character. And the opportunity to be an actress to play a character like that is one that you just don’t want to give up. You don’t want to threaten that. The idea that I was signed on for three years I think everything happens for a reason. It allowed me – because it kept pushing or changing hands – it allowed me to do Mirror Mirror, The English Teacher, Stuck in Love and other projects that had it gone when it was originally supposed to go I wouldn’t have had the chance to do. I think it fell into the appropriate hands and casting worked out. At that time, Jamie (Campbell Bower) they were looking at going into a second season of Camelot and had it gone at that time he may not have been able to do it. And I can’t ever imagine Jamie not having been Jace. It’s like Kevin Zegers playing Alec and Jemima (West) and Robbie (Sheehan). Like everyone that became a part of the project did so organically and for the right reasons. I’ve just always loved the character. I never wanted to give it up. And luckily they didn’t make an ultimatum like, ‘Either we go now or you can’t do it.’ It all just really happened. It’s always had this positive glow about it. Nothing really bad ever happened with it.

In the movie your character is thrown twists and turns every five minutes. What was it like portraying that?

LC: Oh my God, that’s what I was probably most nervous about. As a reader of the books, you really love the fact the she is so tenacious and yet she shows this vulnerability. When you read somebody reacting to this news every five minutes obviously you can be upset because of anger, frustration, fear, hesitation, confusion. There’s so many emotions that you could play. As the actress every five minutes wanting to play her never as a victim and also allowing her to show vulnerability and reacting different ways every time she’s thrown something, that’s hard to think about playing. You want to show this journey of her character and you don’t want it to be one note. You don’t want it to be fear all the time or sadness all the time. It was kind of pinpointing exactly which emotion at which moment she was showing. I think the script itself did a great job of allowing moments of vulnerability and Jace taking over for her or at least emotionally helping her get to a place where he’s like, ‘You have to come with me.’ Because why would a girl who’s seen what she’s seen really willingly go with a guy like that? She has to have a breakdown moment, which she does in the film and he lifts her up. But then at times she has to combat him with his comments, like a Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy, which she doesn’t take his crap. And she’s like, ‘Wait a second. Now this is actually what I need to do and what I want to do and this is how I’m going to do it.’ So it really was a challenge to come up with different inspirations for each emotion. But I think once we did that it kind of flowed a little bit better as opposed to being stop-start. It’s never like, joke here, fear here, confusion here. It’s very much kind of a normal – as normal as a teenage girl going through an identity crisis would be. I mean teenage girls are all over the place anyway, and so I think it’s ok for Clary to be like that. It’s ok to be confused.

How has it been interacting with fans at WonderCon, ComicCon and the mall tour?

LC: How crazy is that?! I think it’s crazy that we got as many fans as we did at each location wearing costumes, fainting or crying and the first one hasn’t even come out yet. I kept saying to them, ‘I really hope you like what I’ve done,’ because everyone has this idea in their heads of what it is. No one has seen the movie, it’s not the sequel yet. But seeing that passion I think – not that any of us needed re-igniting passion-wise – but it just furthered the excitement. It’s felt like this progressive up, up, up, up anticipation. And then it’s like going to be next Monday and you’re like, ‘Woo, the premiere!’ I think when I did Mirror Mirror, for me, the best thing was having little girls come up to me and be like, ‘Oh my God, you’re Snow White.’ It was seeing the little girls that loved the story so much. For this movie, the best part has been going to these malls and interacting with true fans and the readers of the books and those people that are going to buy tickets. Meeting the parents that have slept overnight with their kids and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, my daughter is a huge fan,’ and I’m like, ‘You’re the best mom ever.’ And they bring their friends and they get so excited for like two seconds of interaction time with us. It’s been the most humbling and exciting experience to just be one-on-one with people. I never thought I’d get the chance to do that. I didn’t do that with any other movie.  It does kind of go, Wow, this is just for the first one.’ Obviously we’re starting the sequel next month so I’m sure we’ll be doing something like this again. Like, how can we top that? It was really cool though.

Was there an added sense of pressure with the built-in fan base?

LC: I didn’t know how big the fan base was when I signed on three years ago. I literally was a fan of the books, saw that Stephenie Meyer had that quote on the front and I was like, oh, wow, obviously it’s got a fan base. But I had no idea because I’m not in the whole social media world like at that point also I wasn’t very aware, and all of a sudden social media blew up. Like blogs and Twitters and Facebooks about my casting and my hair color was wrong like all of these things and I was just like, Oh my God, I had no idea. I knew it had sold over 22 million copies, and obviously that number has become that number since the movie was being made. Like I just had no concept of how many true fans there were. I didn’t sign on for that reason. I thought, wow, this fantasy world, this character, why would I say no? I love her and I love the world she lives in and I’ve always wanted to do something like this. And I love the dark undertone. I’ve always loved dark, grittier, edgier, gothicy things, and so the blending of the two worlds together was so intriguing to me. But I had no concept of the fandom until I was cast. Then when Jamie (Campbell Bower) was cast and the whole backlash and it was just like [gasp]. For every positive comment you find two or three negative. But that’s always what it’s going to be like and, again, I was a fan so I can’t say as a fan that I wouldn’t have had an opinion on actors that were cast, too. I wouldn’t have tweeted about it, but as a fan you always have an envisioned person in your head and if that person’s not who gets cast a lot of people can’t see past the fact that there’s going to be hair and make-up and wardrobe. That’s what makes me laugh so much is when certain people are cast and they’re like, they look nothing like the character and then all-of-a-sudden they see the first image and they’re like, oh my God, that’s it! Yeah because it’s hair, make-up, wardrobe, acting. You’re an actor because you take on these different roles and it allowed me to see all of that in action from a fan perspective and the actor perspective. Being a part of the production so early on and being involved in casting and involved in writing certain things in the script. The involvement was really important for me over that span of time because any nerves that I had originally with this kind of interaction with fans it was able to be kind of smoothed out. By the time I started filming, I already felt like I was Clary because I’d had all that time.

How was it like working with Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Because he is scary in this movie.

LC: Isn’t he scary?! Honestly, he’s like the coolest guy. He’s super sweet, not a mean bone in his body, but he is the definition of intense. When he walked on set everyone just froze because he brought that intensity that only Valentine can. It was perfect because in the scenes with him I was genuinely terrified of him. He would improv things. Like when I’m standing there and he has the [Mortal] Cup and he’s like, ‘Drink it,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to drink it.’ And then he added that ‘Drink it!’ That was totally not scripted and that’s why I’m like shaking. He did that all the time with things or he’d like make a motion and then I’d jump. He really became Valentine and I was genuinely terrified. I think when he came into the set, with the scenes with Jamie and I and him, it just elevated our fear but also elevated our performance because he brought something totally new to the table. He’s like the perfect Valentine because he’s just so alluring and appealing but at the same time so evil, and that’s what Valentine is. I think he was drop-dead perfect casting.

Can you talk about your involvement in the whole process with getting this movie to the big screen?

LC: It was a different director and I think it was way more CGI heavily based at the beginning, and then when Harald [Zwart] came on it really became character and emotion and the CGI was like icing on top. It felt way more real and raw of a script the second time around because it wasn’t reliant on a lot of post-production things. The Jace auditions started with the original director [Scott Charles Stewart], who is a lovely man. Again, things happen for a reason. It just changed hands. He’s a fabulous person. I read with a couple of guys before Jamie and I had actually put Jamie’s name up for it from the get go because I had met him years ago. But I had always felt like I’ve known him for longer than I have. Like it was this weird kind of – you know when you meet someone and you’re like, ‘I swear I know you.’ That’s how I felt with Jamie and so I just put him forward. I didn’t realize he’d already gone in for an audition and then he came in for the read and he came in and just – literally as he was walking in – we just knew, well I knew. Him as Jamie was Jace. He didn’t need to act. He already had all the qualities there and not to mention he looks like a Jace. It just all kind of worked out. So he was cast and then we were both on it for a long time with no real other progress. I’d never started reading with Simons until it was announced that we were starting again with Harald. And then I read with a couple of Isabelles. Never met Jemima. She was cast. I’d never read with her, but she was cast and then the other people I didn’t read with. It all just kind of just then – once the ball starts rolling people are cast left, right and center. Kevin [Zegers] was cast like two weeks before we started shooting. He said that he got flown to Toronto, had a wardrobe fitting, still didn’t know the film was his and he left going, ‘I think it went well.’ He didn’t even know that he was cast. It really just all kind of happened – the ball rolling. It was just great to be involved with some of the rewriting of it. I had a meeting with all the scriptwriters and we just sat there and they literally were like, here’s the script, come back tomorrow and let us know some notes. I went home, took a bunch of notes and then everything was taken into consideration. Having Cassie (Clare) on set there was amazing because near the end of shooting, the ending started to change on how we were dealing with the end of the movie. Jamie and I were like – we felt so strongly about how certain changes were affecting the characters and we brought it up to Cassie and she agreed with a lot of it. She literally overnight rewrote it, submitted it and we all talked about it and collaborated and the ending is what the ending is now. It’s kind of amazing that you can do that on a set and have the ability to have people believe in you enough to have that input. That really was amazing especially for the sequel. It’s like, wow, what are we going to be able to put together this time?

What are you most looking forward to in the sequel?

LC: More action.

What every day mundane tasks do you think runes would be really useful for?

LC: Doing up the dishes, laundry. I would love a rune that could just transport you anywhere, anytime so for all these mall tours we wouldn’t have to go to so many airports. Honestly, the getting to the airport and the packing takes longer than the actual flight itself. If we could just be there we could go to so many more malls, think about it. We could do all 50 states. It would be so much easier.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is in theaters now.


Shadowhunters! Take a look at photos of Clary Fray (Lily Collins)’s room from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, thanks to the Clary Fray Pinterest page.

Interior Fray Apartment






Check out this new still from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones shared by Seventeen. Lily is the September 2013 cover girl for the magazine, where she dished on Mortal Instruments: City of Bones set secrets and more.

TMI still



In the interview, Lily talked about the struggle of performing stunts in heels:

“That was part of the struggle with the stunts. It’s one thing doing it in yoga pants, it’s another to do it in a short dress and heels. […]Even though Clary is not 100% comfortable in them because that’s not who she is, she owns it because she starts to own her power!”

Be sure to pick up the September 2013 issue of Seventeen Magazine when it hits newsstands next month.

Lily Collins is Seventeen Magazine’s September Cover Girl

Lily Collins is rocking the cover of Seventeen Magazine‘s September 2013 issue. Check out the cover, which hits newsstands next month.

Lily 17 cover

Check out all the scoop below from

Lily Collins spills ‘Mortal Instruments’ set secrets

How Lily Prepped To Play Clary

“I re-read the first book again [before filming]. I definitely did my research with the book. I talked to [author] Cassandra Clare about it, but the rehearsals were what really got me into Clary’s mindset. It was more about being on set, living in the moment, and seeing what came to me.”

What The First Day On Set Was Like

“On the very first day, everyone was pretty nervous, but also really excited. We started out filming the normal Clary world, so it wasn’t too hardcore the first couple of days. The first shot on the first day was epic. It was the scene in the movie where you first see Clary.”

Her Favorite Scene To Film

“Filming the greenhouse scene was really fun because it’s an epic scene that everyone is looking forward to and it’s in this beautiful greenhouse. The set was stunning. It’s exactly how you read it in the book. But all of the action fight sequences were really fun too because we trained so hard for them!”

The Hardest Scene To Film

“There is one scene with over 100 stunt guys playing vampires attacking us. The five main characters in that scene—including me—had all these crazy moves. It took so much choreography, dirt was flying everywhere, and plates were being thrown. There were so many chances to get injured, but since everything was choreographed, it worked.”

The Funniest Scene To Film

“We made every scene funny, even if it was intense! We joked around so much that usually the action scenes—which are usually the toughest—ended up being the funniest because someone would mess up and giggle.”

The Person On Set Who Surprised Her The Most

“I think Jonathan Rhys Meyers [who plays Valentine] surprised me the most. He’s so dedicated to each role, and I didn’t quite realize how perfect and intense he’d be as Valentine. His character is evil in the movie and Jonathan brings such life to him in a fearful, yet enticing manner. It was creepy yet so real at the same time!”

Her First Impression Of Jamie Campbell Bower

“I [immediately thought] Jamie was perfect as Jace. He is the best mixture of being so funny, confident, and witty, but at the same time shows a vulnerable side and isn’t afraid to be sensitive. I think it takes guys a lot to show both sides. Jamie is extremely talented and he just lights up a room.”

The Funniest Person On Set

“Kevin Zegers [who plays Alec] is hilarious. He just cracks everyone up all the time. He can be so deadpan with his jokes and his accents are really good!”

Lily’s Favorite Line In The Movie

“I love when Clary says, ‘I’m not a mundane.’ That the first time that she acknowledges that she’s not normal, and she accepts and embraces that. I like the tenacity she has when she says that. It shows her growth.”

What She Hopes People Learn From The Movie

“If you put your mind to it, you can do something bigger than yourself. At first, Clary didn’t want to accept that she had a strength she knew nothing about. She didn’t want to accept that she had a journey to go through, but along the way she learns a lot about herself. You can conquer and do more than you think you can.”

5 Things You Don’t Know About Lily Collins

She’s Embracing Her Spontaneous Side

“I used to be a big planner and had to have things figured out ahead of time, but I’m learning to love living in the moment. Last night, I called my friend up randomly and said, ‘Where are you? I want to come see you!’ It’s not a new version of me. I’m just embracing it more.”

She’s Not Hiding Her Relationship With Co-Star Jamie Campbell Bower

“We’ve made a conscious decision to go out and live life. I’m not one to hide anything, but I don’t feel the need to comment directly on it…I think it would be a shame to not live in the moment and not enjoy everything that’s happening in fear of other people’s opinions.”

She Was A Good Girl In High School

“I didn’t feel the pleasure in drinking or doing drugs. I wanted to remember the fun moments that I had with my friends and not wake up and go, ‘Um, I think I had fun?’”

She’s Developing A New Sense Of Style

“I’ve definitely edged-up my style a little, but not for any reason other than I’m experimenting with myself. I always wanted tattoos, so this past November, I got two. I got my back done first and its my handwriting and it says, ‘Love, always and forever.’”

She Looks Up To Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart

“I admire how they’ve both handled the fame that came with those roles and their ability to step outside those roles and do other projects. That’s what I want to do: balance fun big movies with gritty passion projects I love.”

Lily Collins’ Fashion Faves

Lily talked about doing stunts on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in heels:

“That was part of the struggle with the stunts. It’s one thing doing it in yoga pants, it’s another to do it in a short dress and heels. […]Even though Clary is not 100% comfortable in them because that’s not who she is, she owns it because she starts to own her power!”

On what guys love most:

“To guys, if you’re confident, that’s appealing.”

On how Clary has influenced her style:

“I never normally would have worn probably as much leather. I’ve definitely edged-up my style a little bit! It’s fun to experiment like that.”

On her favorite style on guys:

“I like someone who’s interesting and has a bit of an edge. Someone who’s into fashion as well, and can appreciate when I throw on something and even say, “Hey I like that jacket.” [Fashion is] a form of self-expression that some people shy away from—but in a guy it’s really attractive!”

On her first-day outfit flop:

“I remember my outfit was so horrendous! I think it was, like, cargo shorts with a t-shirt with a slogan on it and a sweatband and flip-flops. Everyone had their own look, which I was really surprised about—that first day was really a reminder to me that I can really be whoever I want to be.”

On her current personal style:

“I’m big on layering—you never know with the weather in L.A! I like skinny jeans. I’m definitely a comfort girl but at the same time I like to look put together. And I love an ankle boot.”

Be sure to pick up the September 2013 issue of Seventeen Magazine when it hits newsstands next month.

Set Interview: Lily Collins is a ‘fan that got to play a heroine that she admired’


Lily Collins has always had an edge when it comes to portraying Clary Fray. Being a fan of the books prior to getting the coveted role definitely brought a sense of confidence to the fandom in regards to her portrayal and understanding. Lily has been passionate about this project since she was cast in 2010. She’s been through the ups and downs and remained as dedicated since the day she was cast. And eventually everything worked out for the best. Simply put, it was worth it.

For Lily, being a “fan that got to play a heroine that she admired” was not only surreal and thrilling but nerve wracking. As a fan of the books she understood Clary and the weight of tackling the beloved heroine. But it was that prior knowledge of the series and her love and passion for Clary that  brought out the best in her character.

When I first saw Lily on the set, she walked in to join us on the City of Bones set with that trademark red hair, black Shadowhunter gear and sporting a warm smile. All I remember thinking was: “that’s Clary.”

But, as we know, portraying a character isn’t about the physicality of it but the emotional connection and acting chops. So when Lily started talking about the film, the sets, the surrealism of being a part of a project that she has loved for years, you could just tell how much this movie, this story, these characters meant to her. And it’s for those reasons why Lily is the perfect Clary. Like us, she gets it. After all, she was one of us.

Angelic Power Rune

What scene were/are you most nervous to shoot when you were cast as Clary?

There are so many intense moments in this, especially in the script, the way that they’ve translated parts of the book that you wanted to, to do it justice. One of the scenes I was most nervous about I think was my first encounter with Jace in the alleyway because I’m doubting everything that I’ve ever known to be what I thought my life was and who I was and I’m confronted with this mysterious person who is both intriguing and extremely frightening at the same time and I have no idea what’s going on. The way that we’re doing this film, it’s really trying to stay true to a realistic sense of the fantasy world, it’s not just taking the book and making a movie version of it, so I wanted to stay as real as possible in the sense of freaking out about “if you found out that your Mom wasn’t your Mom” as opposed to just keeping it that “I’ve got these special powers”, it was really about making the fantasy realistic…so trying to act out being paranoid and intrigued at the same time and threatened but also curious – so many emotions going on at once that a normal typical teenage girl doesn’t have to go through. I was kind of nervous about that, and especially since it was the second day of filming with Jamie, and we were just thrown into it, and it was like “ok, go ahead and have that moment”, so I was nervous about that but again it was the second day and it was really really fun and when you feel it in the moment and then you watch it on playback, you’re like “ok I think everything I wanted was coming out of my eyes” so I am happy with that. But it was really really fun.

What was it like getting to wear the awesome Shadowhunter all-leather outfit for the first time?

It was fun. What I love about this is that you do see this normal Clary, you know, kind of hippie chic artsy girl, wearing boyfriend jeans and Doc Martens, going into this tube top of a dress and then into the Shadowhunter leather gear. When I first saw the outfits on the rack I thought they were Isabelle’s and then they were like “no, no, actually these are yours”. And so, I love it. It’s really fun to be able to have this other persona of Clary brought out in the clothes as well as in her situations and what she’s put through. But I would not wear what I saw in Pandemonium because they really went there, which is great, I mean, it looks beautiful on screen, um, but it’s very edgy and very sexy and very much how it should be in that fantasy world.

If you could create a rune like Clary can, what would you make one for?

I think it’s something that I feel I have but maybe could use a little more in different situations. Determination. I think that sometimes it’s easy to get told “no” and maybe give up right away or be told something that you can’t do something and then take someone’s word for it and not continually try to push forward. So if you had a Determination Rune that when you’re feeling down, you could then use it to encourage you to keep going or go after something that you really want. Just that extra oomph of enthusiasm to keep going.

What was your first impression of Clary when you read the script or the book?

Oh wow. I think she is just amazing, she is a heroine. But she is a normal girl at the same time and this kind of encompasses another question that maybe one of you have but it goes towards Clary..Is that this whole series is based in this fantasy world yet is still so realistic because it’s based in modern-day New York, in situations that every teenager goes through as well as having this parallel universe and it’s completely fantasy, but it marries the two together so well. I love that Clary lives in our world and also lives in another universe and she goes between the two and she’s fighting these demons of a fantasy world but also demons that every teenage girl goes through and she is able to do so without losing herself completely. I just love the way that she’s comedic and doesn’t take this fantasy world too seriously but knows when to really stay focused. She is such a well-balanced character and she is so much fun to play as well, especially in the version that we are doing, we do play up Cassandra’s comedy because that’s the beauty of the book. You read and you start giggling because they’re really funny and yet there is demons and this fantasy world going on and you’re like this shouldn’t be funny but because you’re not taking it too seriously, you’re able to agree with what’s going on and to actually understand it. That’s what I love most about Clary is that she is able to play that balance…and kick butt. It’s been so fun doing all the action! I was like, “do I get to do all this hanging from a wire and sword fighting?!” I LOVE the action part of it and they’re letting me do as much of it as I can, and that’s really fun.

If there is one word that explains an attribute of your character, but could also be used to describe yourself, what  would that be?

I would say Passionate. Definitely passionate because another thing about Clary that I love so much that I completely feel the same way about with her is that my Mom and I are best friends and so if something were to happen to my Mom, I would do everything in my power to get her back or to find her. I’m so passionate about our relationship and I would do whatever it would take to get back and so I think Clary is passionate about so many things and that translates to any generation. Whether it’s her artwork or family or a guy, or whatever it is, she puts a 100% of her heart and soul into what she does and I’d like to think that I am a very passionate person too.

What do you love most about The Mortal Instruments series?

I have been a huge fantasy fan since I was little. I would read every series of books that involved anything to do with magic or fantasy because I love because I loved disappearing for a little while. But what I love about this is that you can disappear for a while but still feel involved in it because it’s based in reality as well. It’s got this really cool parallel universe going on at the same time as keeping you grounded and, like I said before, Cassandra includes humor into it so it’s not this dark story taking itself so seriously that you kind of just play it off as a series of books, you actually become invested in the story, you laugh along with it, you side with the characters. And at the end of the day, yes it’s a fantasy series, but it’s got so much realness to it that you can get involved in the story and not just reading about these fantastical creatures that are unbelievable. And Harald has taken that kind of feeling of the series and brought it to the movie where we’re not relying on CGI in order to convey the scariness of a situation or the fact that people are actually demons. It only enhances the movie because he’s made it so character-based and emotionally-driven and that’s how the book has already made as well, incredibly emotionally driven and the characters is what sells the story not necessarily the fantasy world itself. I think no matter what generation you are you can always associate yourself with a character and an emotion as opposed to a fantasy world.

Were you familiar with the series before you acquired the role?

I was and that’s what made it even more…I was a fan of series and all of a sudden it was like I was being cast as a heroine that I admired. My Mom’s read all the books and the prequels. My Mom is just like “you remember that scene when…” and I’m like “Mom oh my god, I’m doing a movie, I need to focus on the first book right now. She and I would talk about it all the time and then I had just done Priest and Screen Gems and there was all this talk about making it into a movie and I was “just letting you know, I LOVE the series” and then I was cast and it was amazing because I was so passionate about the series of books and so aware, wasn’t aware of the huge fan base and the blogs and everything about that side of it until I was cast – when all of a sudden everything blew up about casting – Oh my god, I can’t imagine if anything had been taken badly in the Twitter sphere and the blogging, because I had no idea about how big the books were, I just knew that I responded to the literature of it. So for me this is like I’m a FAN that got to play a heroine that she admired. It’s really cool.

How do you think you are different from Clary? How have you worked around that aspect of it?

She needs a little bit more of encouragement from other people. Clary has one main friend – Simon – who she confides in and has confided in forever. I’m not someone that has a bunch of friends but I do have a close-knit group and so, I think I have kinda of grown up with so many different types of people that I’m not easily shocked by someone that’s different. My Mom would take me to all different countries and I would travel a lot so I’ve been kind of more exposed to the quirks of different people and such where I think Clary has been very sheltered in that sense which, rightfully so, her Mom wanted to keep her sheltered from this world so as to protect her and my Mom obviously wanted to protect me too but I feel like I have been more exposed to different types of people than maybe Clary was. So in those situations where she is very shocked and going to Pandemonium and going “I don’t fit in here”. I’m not necessarily saying that I would “fit in” to Pandemonium but I think I would maybe feel more comfortable in different situations than her because I have been exposed to different types of situations and people than her. Still protected, but less sheltered.

The novels have appealed to both teens and adults… How in your perspective, will this movie appeal to both teens and adults?

Well, I think the fact that Harald, is making it so character-driven and emotionally-driven and not based on just trying to aesthetically appeal to an audience – It’s beautifully shot and Geir is an amazing DP – but I think the fact that he’s spent so much time on making sure that what we are doing is believable and is not silly or too CGI or too heavily relying on post-production. It’s something that my Mom as I do, enjoy watching old movies, where – black and whites – you can say so much through your eyes and you don’t have to speak to actually convey a message. That’s why Audrey Hepburn, those types of actresses are my favorite, because you can she see her on screen and she conveys a message without saying anything at all, and the way that we are shooting this film, you could almost watch it on mute and understand what’s going on because it’s so emotionally charged and it’s not relying on instant gratification – image, image, image- and it’s not based on just the aesthetics. When reading a book like this where you can laugh, you can cry, you can side with the characters, it’s something that no matter what age you are, you can relate to. You can relate to passion. Passion is universal. It doesn’t matter how old you are. If you are passionate about something you feel for it, and our film is so filled with that and it doesn’t rely on just the imagery – that no matter how old you are you can become invested in the story, it just keeps you on your toes.

Ask Lily Collins your ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ questions!


Shadowhunters! Do you want to ask our Clary Fray, Lily Collins, about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones? Here’s your chance!

Lily will be answering Mortal Instruments questions on Teen Nick very soon!

Lily Collins on how she connects with Clary Fray

The Mortal Instruments Facebook page posted a video of Lily Collins talking about the ways she connects with her character Clary Fray.


Click photo to watch video at

Shadowhunters, in what ways do you connect with Clary? Sound off in the comments!

New ‘MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’ still with Clary + Valentine

Shadowhunters! Check out this new Mortal Instruments: City of Bones still with Clary (Lily Collins) and Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

Clearly, Clary is not a daddy’s girl.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters and IMAX on August 21.


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