Lynn Collins

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This article is about Lynn Collins the actress. For the soul singer, see Lyn Collins.
Lynn Collins
Collins at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere, April 2009
Born Viola Lynn Collins
(1977-05-16) May 16, 1977 (age 38)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Education Juilliard School (B.F.A. 1999)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Steven Strait (2007-2014)
Matthew Boyle (2015) (1 child)

Viola Lynn Collins[1][2] (born May 16, 1977)[2][3] is an American actress. She made television appearances in True Blood and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and is recognized for her roles in films such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and John Carter.

Youth and education[edit]

Collins was born in Houston, Texas, and has English, Scottish, Irish, and Cherokee ancestry.[4][5] She spent her formative years in Singapore,[1] with "summers in Japan where her parents were getting their fourth and fifth and sixth dan in Shitō-ryū ... Okinawa-style karate".[6] During a childhood Christmas pageant in which she played Mrs. Claus, Collins discovered her love for acting.[1]

She attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division (Group 28: 1995–1999)[7] where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[3]


Collins made her television debut in 1999, in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and went on to star onstage as Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, followed by a turn as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet.[1] After bit parts that included a stint on the show Haunted and roles in the movies Down with Love, 50 First Dates and 13 Going on 30,[1] she gained notice playing Portia in the film The Merchant of Venice, starring opposite Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes and Jeremy Irons.[1]

She furthered her profile in 2008 when she was cast as Jason Stackhouse's girlfriend Dawn Green in the first season of the HBO vampire series True Blood, and through a featured role as the hero's love interest in the 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman. Her first leading film role came in 2012 when she was cast as the headstrong Martian princess Dejah Thoris in John Carter.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Collins married then 21-year-old actor Steven Strait on December 23, 2007[10] after a four-year relationship.[11] Lynn and Steven Strait separated in 2013.

Lynn married musician Matthew Boyle, in November 2014. They have one child, Asher Hendrix Boyle.

Collins was raised in a "very, very religious" family of Southern Baptists, and has since explored several religious faiths, describing herself as a "pretty spiritual person." [5][12]



Collins at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Never Get Outta the Boat Stacy [citation needed]
2003 Down with Love Beatnik Girl
2004 13 Going on 30 Wendy
2004 50 First Dates Linda
2004 The Merchant of Venice Portia
2006 Return to Rajapur Sara Reardon
2006 Bug R.C.
2006 The Lake House Mona
2006 The Dog Problem Lola
2007 The Number 23 Suicide Blonde/Mrs. Dobkins/Young Fingerling's Mother
2007 Numb Sara Harrison
2007 Towelhead Thena Panos
2008 Life in Flight Kate
2008 Uncertainty Kate
2008 Eavesdrop Tallulah
2009 Blood Creek[citation needed] Barb
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Kayla Silverfox
2010 City Island Vince's Bombshell Girlfriend
2011 Angels Crest Cindy
2011 10 Years Anna
2012 John Carter Dejah Thoris
2012 Unconditional Samantha Crawford [13]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Virginia Hayes 1 episode
2001 Earth Angels Catarin Television movie
2001 The Education of Max Bickford 1 episode
2002 Push, Nevada BRB's Wife 1 episode
2002 Haunted Assistant D.A. Jessica Manning 5 episodes
2008 True Blood Dawn Green 5 episodes
2013 Elementary Tanya Barrett 1 episode
2014 Covert Affairs Olga Akarova 3 episodes
2015 A Mother Betrayed Monica Television movie


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Top 99 Women, 2012 Edition: Lynn Collins". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Collins, Viola Lynn", Texas Birth Index, 1926-1995. One source,, cited above, gives June 1, 1979. Collins, in the Daily Record interview below, refers to May as her birth month.
  3. ^ a b "Lynn Collins". All Movie Guide. Retrieved 2012-04-05 – via The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Mike (March 9, 2012). "Lynn Collins, 'John Carter' Star, Cried While Reading the Script (In a Good Way)". The Huffington Post. AOL. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ a b Millar, John (March 4, 2012). "Classic Actress Turns Alien Princess for Out-of-this-World Movie Epic John Carter". Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland). Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. 
  6. ^ Busch, Jenna (March 9, 2012). "'John Carter': Lynn Collins on Female Warriors, Actor Slapping". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. May 2008. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (June 12, 2009). "Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins blast off to Mars". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  9. ^ Marr, Madeleine (March 7, 2012). "Lynn Collins is 'John Carter's' Warrior Princess". The Miami Herald (McClatchy Newspapers). Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  10. ^ Gelt, Jessica (September 9, 2000). "Supper Club, where dining is a class act". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2011-02-04. Other sun-soaked Hollywood guests included actress Lynn Collins ('True Blood' and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine') and her husband, actor Steven Strait.... 
  11. ^ Barna, Ben (March 8, 2012). "Lynn Collins is Ready to Blast-Off in the Epic 'John Carter'". BlackBook. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11. When you're a functioning alcoholic, you can hide it. And I was young enough that it didn't show in my face. But it got to a point where somebody was like, it's not cute anymore, and I was like, Oh God. 
  12. ^ Fanning, Evan. "Down to Earth with the Most Beautiful Woman in the Universe". The Independent (UK). Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. 
  13. ^ "The Unconditional Blog". 

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