Netflix鈥檚 To the Bone has yet to even be released, but already, it鈥檚 the center of some major controversy. Its leading lady, Lily Collins, has been candidly brave about her own disordered eating in her younger days: The actress said that in taking on the role, she felt she was confronting her anorexia head on in the hopes of giving others a voice.

With many speaking out with concerns over the film鈥檚 brutally honest depiction of eating disorders, fearing that it could be triggering for those with such issues, its star is now opening up about the problematic reaction she received for her own dramatic weight loss while prepping for the role with a nutritionist.

In an interview with The Edit, Collins admits that her extreme transformation didn鈥檛 seem to bother everyone, recalling a specific incident in which her mother鈥檚 friend actually praised her for it, commenting on how great the 28-year-old鈥檚 super-thin body looked. 鈥淚 was leaving my apartment one day and someone I鈥檝e known for a long time, my mom鈥檚 age, said to me, 鈥極h, wow, look at you!'鈥 the actress said. 鈥淚 tried to explain [I had lost weight for a role] and she goes, 鈥楴o! I want to know what you鈥檙e doing, you look great!'鈥

For the actress, it was yet another reminder of the cultural bias our society still has regarding our bodies, and the dangerous consequences it can lead to. 鈥淚 got into the car with my mom and said, 鈥楾hat is why the problem exists.'鈥

The problem that Collins refers to is, of course, the unhealthy eating disorders that can result from society鈥檚 obsession with obtaining an 鈥渋deal鈥 shape. While there are those that are naturally petite, cultural pressures to fit one particular body type can oftentimes lead to skewed perceptions of our own bodies, creating potentially life-threatening health issues.

With more focus on body positivity (which celebrates all body types, both big and small), and a greater focus on individual health and self love, having an actress like Collins be so forthcoming about her struggles with her form is certainly a step in the right direction toward reconciling one ideal with another鈥檚 truth.

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(h/t Teen Vogue; photo via Jason Kempin/Getty + Netflix)