Netflix is taking us to the City of Love in its newest series, Emily in Paris, launching globally this October 2! The series comes from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, and stars Lily Collins as Emily, an American girl who moves to Paris after landing her dream job at a luxurious marketing company.
It’s there that she goes out on an adventure, struggling to fit in a new place while trying to balance her work and meeting new friends and potential lovers.
Check out the trailer below:
Ahead of its premiere next week, we got to join Lily Collins and Darren Star in a virtual interview where they talk about the show’s concept, shooting in Paris, and more.
Here are 6 things to know about this new romantic-comedy series before it launches next week.
1. Emily in Paris is a story born out of Darren Star’s love for Paris.
A self-confessed Francophile, series creator Darren Star has always wanted to explore the story of an expatriate living in Paris and share the feeling of what it’s like to fall in love with the city to a wider audience. This gave birth to the concept of Emily in Paris which puts the spotlight on a character you’d consider a “fish out of water” and gives us a glimpse of “what it’s like to be an American living abroad.”
“Traveling and immersing yourself in a foreign culture renews you in a sense, and it opens your eyes to the world around you,” Star said in the official press packet. “You have to leave a lot of your preconceived notions behind. I think that’s something that Emily does in the series, and certainly something that I did when I was making the show.
2. Lily Collins stars as the lead character, Emily.
In the show, Lily Collins plays an American who suddenly has to move to Paris for a job, and the way she adapts to her new home and tries fit in her new workplace is something that everyone has experienced and felt at one point in their lives.
In the same way that we can relate to her, there’s also something we can take away from Emily. Despite all the obstacles she faced throughout the show, she — as Collins has described her — is “just really strong and passionate”. She also said that she is as a character who has an “American mentality of ‘everything is possible,'” and is not afraid to ask for help. “I think that allows Emily to stay in her head as a real tool to get through something that’s difficult,” Collins explained.
Joining her in the cast are Philippine Leroy Beaulieu, Ashley Park, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Camille Razat, and Bruno Gouery who play Sylvie Grateau, Mindy, Gabriel, Luke, Camille, and Julien, respectively.
3. It’s shot entirely on location in Paris.
Now that we’re in a time where we all can’t travel and even go out of our homes, Emily in Paris is the perfect show to watch as it takes us to one of the most romantic cities. The show is entirely shot on-location, so watching the show is also like experiencing the city through and with Emily!
Though we’ve already seen Paris so many times and in so many other shows and films, Star still managed to tell a fresh story set in the city. “I don’t think we’ve seen a workplace comedy or workplace show in Paris, and I think getting a peek into that is something that we’ve never seen before,” Star said. To him, the city serves as the “backdrop for a story that sort of transcends clichés on both sides.”
4. Sex and the City‘s costume designer Pat Field also worked on the costumes for the show.
Because the show comes from the man who gave us Sex and the City, there’s really no surprise that the show also features amazing designer clothes! For the show, Star collaborated again with Patricia Field who made sure that the every character’s outfits matches them and their personalities well.
According to Collins, she had always thought that clothing is “an extension of your personality in real life” so it was definitely appealing to see Emily’s boldness and personality represented in her fashion. “Adding those elements to the show only enhances everyone’s character because every supporting character has its own sense of style and has their own personality.”
Asked about what her favorite piece from the show was, she was quick to mention the “white outfit that looks almost like a blossoming orchid or a blossoming lily” during the art auction. She shared that the dress was actually designed by renowned French couture designer Stephane Rolland, who sent her a clean version of the dress after she got home from filming. “I also got to keep a couple of pairs of shoes and a purse, but I was really touched that [Stephane] sent that to me for a memento,” Collins added.
5. The show marks Lily Collins’ debut as a producer.
Aside from playing the main character, Collins also put on the producer’s hat for the first time in Emily in Paris. The experience got her involved in whatever way she could — from costumes and locations to schedule – and so she “felt very lucky” that Darren and the rest of the team let her in on the decision-making aspect of the show.
“For me, that was really special to have a say in the costumes, locations, and schedule, and all that stuff. I still have a lot to learn, and I hope that if we get to go to season 2, that I would be able to learn more,” she said.
6. It’s a fun watch for anyone who needs to escape from their stresses.
Since the show launches in the time of a pandemic, Emily in Paris is the perfect watch for those who need (and deserves) a break from stress and escape from their realities for a while. The show is light-hearted and fun, and it allows us to travel “through our screens,” as Collins put it.
Aside from being able to virtually go to Paris, Collins also thought that there’s something that people can take away from Emily’s character and journey throughout the show. “Emily’s optimism and sense of passion, determination, and willingness to overcome obstacles [is] really important to see as a character,” she said. To her, it’s inspiring to see Emily go through her ups and downs, especially “during a time that we’re all being thrown these curveballs in many different ways.”
Emily in Paris launches globally on Netflix this October 2. Visit its official Netflix page for updates.
Homestream image courtesy of Netflix.