June 21 (UPI) -- Actress Lily Collins was recently asked about whether her work on the film Okja influenced her feelings regarding animal rights and eating meat.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho and set to begin streaming on Netflix June 28, the drama follows Mija, a young girl played by Ahn Seo-Hyun, who is trying to keep a powerful company from taking back and killing her beloved pet -- a genetically modified super-pig that eats little, has a limited environmental impact and can potentially feed many people. Collins plays one of the animal-rights activists trying to help Mija and Okja.
"I've always been weirdly interested in food documentaries," Collins said at a recent New York press conference, "so during the prep for this movie, I watched more and Director Bong gave us all this [Animal Liberation Front] handbook. We saw lots of really difficult images of animals and the treatment [they undergo] in facilities, plants and factories and I am not a red meat eater anyway, so it wasn't necessarily that I changed my food habits, eating habits, but I definitely became more of a conscious consumer in many other types of products."
Collins went on to say she loves how many themes and issues the movie addresses.
"Nutrition and environment, politics, love, innocence lost," she offered. "There are just so many different things that could be taken from this film that I think are dealt with in a way that never tutorialize, but always just prompt conversation. ... I feel like what Director Bong is so amazing at is taking so many things and presenting them to you -- never telling you how to think, but, if you leave the theater thinking something, we've done our jobs right."