Career Beginnings and Acting Breakthrough
Viola Lynn Collins was born on May 16, 1977 in Houston, Texas. From 1995 to 1999, she attended the Juilliard School’s Drama Division where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. It was also in 1999 that she made her television debut in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Her next role came in 2001 playing the part of Catarin in Earth Angels, followed by an appearance in The Education of Max Bickford. Her film debut came in 2002 with Never Get Outta the Boat. She next appeared as Stephanie Plum in One for the Money and in an episode of the television series Push, Nevada.
Also in 2002, she played a recurring character in the television show Haunted, playing the role of Assistant D.A. Jessica Manning. In 2003, she landed a small role in the romantic comedy film Down with Love starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. Reception for the movie was mixed to positive though it was a commercial disappointment, only making over $39 million worldwide.
In 2004, she appeared as Wendy in 13 Going 30 starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. Reception for the film was generally positive and it also became a commercial success, earning over $96 million on a $37 million budget.
She next appeared as Linda alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 2004’s 50 First Dates. The feature garnered mixed reviews from critics but it became a major blockbuster hit with a worldwide gross of over $196 million on a $75 million budget.
Her last movie for 2004 was The Merchant of Venice based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. In the film, she plays a more important role alongside Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino and Joseph Fiennes. Despite the movie’s positive reception, it was a box office failure, only earning over $21 million and failing to exceed its $30 million budget.
She then took a two-year hiatus, returning on the big screen in 2006 with the romantic drama film The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves. The movie garnered mixed to negative reviews but it was praised by the late noted film critic Roger Ebert saying the logical inconsistencies can be remedied by its “fundamental romantic impulse”.
She the joined the main cast that consisted of Giovanni Ribisi, Kevin Corrigan and Scott Caan in the latter’s film The Dog Problem. It was screened at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival where it garnered some positive reviews from critics. Over the next few years, she appeared in such feature films as Bug (2006), The Number 23 (2007), Numb (2007), Towelhead (2007), Life in Flight (2008) and Uncertainty (2008).
In 2009, she gained wider mainstream fame after being cast in the superhero film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, starring alongside Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Taylor Kitsch, Dominic Monaghan, and Ryan Reynolds. In the film, she plays Kayla Silverfox, Wolverine’s native American love interest who has the ability to practice telepathy/hypnosis.
Subsequent Appearances and Plastic Surgery
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is a prequel/spin-off focusing on the turbulent past of the mutant Wolverine, mainly received positive reviews from critics and became commercially successful as well, grossing over $370 million on a $150 million budget.
She next appeared in such movies as 2010’s City Island and 2011’s Angels Crest. In 2012, she starred as Dejah Thoris in John Carter, which was produced by Walt Disney Pictures. John Carter received mixed to positive reviews, and with its $250 million budget by Walt Disney, it was anticipated to soar at the box office but it didn’t turn to be as financially successful as expected, given its production and marketing costs, only grossing over $280 million.
The 37-year-old actress has her fair share of plastic surgery accusations. Rumor has it that Collins has had a rhinoplasty procedure as her original nose was bulbous. It seems to be a different story in the present as it has been observed that her nose has been refined to match her facial features, giving her an edgier look.
Aside from changing her nose, there have also been rumors that the John Carter star went under the knife to increase her cup size. According to some reports, there has been significant change on her breasts, which have gone way larger when compared to its previous size.
It can be noted that Collins can be recently seen in major films, exposing her to a wider, international audience. This may be part of the reason why she decided to enhance her appearance, if ever these rumors were true. However, some observers claim that the alleged cosmetic procedures made the actress look significantly older than her age. Sure, she looks polished and all but her youthful and girlish charm is long gone as her facial features have gone sharper.