When it comes to dream TV roles for an actress, you could say it doesn’t get much better than Emily in Paris. After all, the new Netflix comedy (10-episode premiere this Friday) has just sex and the city and Younger creator/hitmaker Darren Star. Moreover, the series was filmed on location in the French capital, and the fashion is coveted.
“It was definitely an experience I never saw coming,” title star Lily Collins told TVLine. “When I heard about the show and read the pilot, and saw that Darren was doing it, and it was filmed entirely in Paris, and when he told me that [Sex and the City‘s] Patricia Field would most likely do costumes, I thought, “That’s just impossible. There’s no way that this the recipe is coming to fruition. I thought it was an absolute dream and something I would have cracked up on when it came out. So to be part of it in this way is then special.”
Below, Collins shares how Emily — a marketing executive from Chicago who gets a job at a Parisian boutique — compares to Star’s other main female characters and showcases Emily’s busy romantic life in the city of love.
TVLINE | What qualities do you think Emily shares with the heroines of other Darren shows?
Emilie is very passionate. She is very work driven and determined. She’s very smart, and she’s also witty, with a bit of sass. Darren created these characters that mimic all types of personalities, and I love that, because modern women have all these different types of personalities. Darren also makes sure his women are completely rounded, and they’re in on the joke as much as they are. are the joke sometimes. For example, Emily is obviously into the humor of the situation, but at the same time, she falls into the situation of making fun of him, and she takes it in stride because she’s strong and resilient. I like that she also has a bit of sass and stuff too.
TVLINE | Is there a character sex in the city Where Younger Who do you think Emily would be friends with?
I think Emily, like me, definitely grew up loving Carrie Bradshaw. I think she was huge sex in the city [fan]. I think she had posters on her walls and things saved in her phone and favorite episodes of shows and movies, and I really believe that when she finds out she’s going to Paris, she Is thinks of all those pictures she’s seen over the years and the characters she’s watched and loved so much, and thinks, “Wow, it’s now my chance. I can go in there and experience it like those characters would have.
TVLINE | Was there a memorable experience while filming on location that really stood out to you, where something went wrong or something unexpected happened?
One of the most special moments of filming was when we took over the Paris Opera and shot there at night. I was wearing this beautiful dress and this beautiful helmet. It reminded Audrey Hepburn, kind of a nod to her. We were able to film there on our own, and it was so magical to run around. When I wasn’t filming, I was just wearing hotel slippers with this ballgown, taking it all in and being like, ‘This is a dream. What’s going on?!” To be able to sit in the velor seats and be surrounded by this story, look up and see the beautiful paintings on the ceiling….
After one night, we had to go all the way down to the basement, where there’s, like, a water supply. I don’t know what it’s called, but there are these underwater caves under the Paris Opera, and there are small fish…. We have to go all the way down about four in the morning and watch this. It was really amazing.
TVLINE | Paris is the city of love, and there are certainly many men in Emily’s life. What can you say about her love life and, in particular, the very charming downstairs neighbor who is also a chef — which is like the jackpot?
It was really important for us to show her as someone who is really on this journey to the city of love, finding herself and loving herself more than anything – and through this trip, she meets all these possible suitors. Some have more comedic endings than others, and some are just fleeting moments where you think, “Oh, this is going to be a series regular”…and then all of a sudden, it ends, and you’re like : “Ohand then it happened!
Emily is in a serious relationship when she goes to Paris, then when she realizes he just isn’t willing to give her what she would do for him, she chooses herself, her life and her experiences. She enters this new life in Paris as a very independent young woman, ready to live and assume her work and everything that happens to her.
That being said, as she finds herself and goes through these experiences, she starts to open up to other possibilities, and that comes with work experiences, that comes with friendships, and then, well sure, that comes with the romance. ‘Cause like you said it’s Paris, and what would Paris be without a bit of romance? So she finds herself in these funny situations where sometimes cultural differences or misunderstandings [reveal they are] just not the right men for her. She strikes up a friendship with Gabriel (played by Lucas Bravo), and she strikes up a friendship with Gabriel’s girlfriend (Camille Razat) and doesn’t realize it, which adds a bit of wrench to the situation. But I think she’s just looking for herself and what makes her feel whole, and along the way, she has these experiences that I think a lot of people can relate to.
What I love about the way Emily treats them is that she really puts herself first and doesn’t figure out who she is to determine if someone is right for her or not. Or if something seems inappropriate or wrong, she says it and moves on instead of trying to make a situation work. Because she tried to make things work with her Chicago boyfriend, but found he just wasn’t willing to do the same. So, like I said, she put herself first. It’s really nice to play a character who falls in love with herself first and foremost.
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