11:39 PM IST - Monday March 30, 2015

Collins was mistaken for heroin addict

Los Angeles, March 17 Actress Michelle Collins says her battle with bulimia early in her acting career left her looking so ill that a casting agent mistook her for being high on drugs.

The “Coronation Street” star, who plays landlady Stella Price in the soap, was snubbed off a fashion commercial due to the misunderstanding.

“I went to audition for a fashion commercial and they said they didn’t think I was right for it because I wasn’t upmarket enough,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Collins as saying.

“Later that day my agent called to see if I was okay and told me that actually I had looked so awful the casting directors thought I was a heroin addict and wanted to know if I was on drugs. That was the wake-up call I needed,” he added.

The 50-year-old actress admits she used alcohol as a replacement for food and opened up about how she had the body of a child.

“I used to joke with friends that I would order a salad without the oil and then drink copious amounts of alcohol like them. That was just what I did because I thought it had fewer calories than food. I went for weeks without really eating any food. I’d starve all day then binge on anything I could get my hands on,” she added.

She also said that she used to raid the fridge and cupboards.

“I had the body of a child, but when I looked in the mirror, I still wanted to lose more.”


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