It doesn’t take long to realize that Emily in Paris (Lily Collins) has no idea what she’s doing. The Netflix show follows a clueless young American woman who walks into a culture with which she’s made no effort to familiarize herself; when she first meets her downstairs neighbor, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), he tells her he’s from Normandy, and this woman straight-up says, “Oh, I know that beach; Saving Private Ryan, right?” I’m sorry, but do we really want French people thinking we get our history from 1998 Tom Hanks movies? Maybe check in with yourself before flippantly referencing a World War II battle that killed thousands of people.
Ah, but despite Emily’s egregious fumbles, you simply must admit her journey is transfixing—particularly to any American who once studied abroad in Europe when they were young and stupid. Yes, Emily is supposed to be an adult woman from Chicago with a master’s degree and disdain for Lou Malnotti’s deep dish. But, when the show first premiered in 2020, Emily was living a glamorous life in Paris, taking photos of her croissants while the rest of us were getting themed face masks shilled to us by Instagram. How could we not want to be her?
Emily gets to run around Paris and take selfies; have awkward, inappropriate interactions with her boss; and bang many mediocre men without a care in the world. She doesn’t have to unscramble CDC guidelines and decide whether she should wear a mask or not wear a mask every time she makes dinner plans. Emily is free to be an ignorant American in Paris, and that is reason enough to watch this show.
Now, the real question is: When will there be more?
Season 2 is officially confirmed.
On Wednesday, November 11, Netflix confirmed Emily in Paris would return for a second season with a quirky note penned by Emily’s long-suffering boss Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu).
TO: MADELINE WHEELER
c/o: The Gilbert Group
Nous sommes désolées! We are writing to regrettably inform you that Emily Cooper will need to remain in Paris for an extended period of time. Despite her overconfident manner and lack of prior experience in luxury goods marketing, she has nonetheless managed to charm some of our hard-to-impress clients during her short time at Savoir. Call it bonne chance, or American ingenuity—I’m leaning towards the former—her results are impressive.
We hope that by extending her time in Paris, Emily will further the relationships she has already made, delve deeper into our culture, and perhaps pick up a few words of basic French.
We will work in conjunction with you on applying for a work permit on her behalf to prolong her time here.
We love having Emily in Paris!
But please don’t let her know that.
Before the renewal news, creator Darren Star told E! News he had some ideas for the next season. “I think Emily has some surprising tough choices,” he said. “The show’s so much about the culture undermining her expectations of how things are and how things seem. And everything will not be as it seems. It’s always about challenging her American worldview. We certainly have a lot of forks in the road and a lot of places to go.”
Filming began on Monday, May 3, 2021.
The official Netflix Instagram account for Emily in Paris announced season 2 returned to production with a video of the cast sharing the good news. Collins, Ashley Park (Mindy), Bravo, William Abadie (Antoine), Samuel Arnold (Julien), Leroy-Beaulieu, Bruno Gouery (Luc), and Camille Razat (Camille) all make appearances.
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Netflix also announced that Emily in Paris was its most-watched comedy of 2020, with 58 million households viewing the series. (It’s unclear how many of them watched the series in full.)
The first photos from set reveal some truly out-of-control fashion.
Emily in Paris had only been filming for a single day before we learned season 2 has her in a set of increasingly…interesting oufits. See them here.
The script could be refreshingly queer.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Bravo hinted at the possibility of a second season. He said that the first season has “planted a few seeds about different characters.” This is where it gets interesting: “Like Camille, when she kisses Emily on the mouth, and she’s like, ‘I’m not sorry.’ And then when they’re in bed, and I’m liking the picture, it’s all little seeds,” he explained. “Anything could happen between the three of them. I think Darren wants this second season to be really open-minded.”
In an interview with Vogue U.K., Collins said, “there are tons of little moments where you’re like, ‘…Does Camille like Emily?’ You can’t really get a vibe, and I feel like that ambiguity is what keeps Emily intrigued. I think anyone in that position would be like, you’re my friend, but now I have this romantic connection [with Gabriel], and I don’t want to hurt you, but… Oh my God! So, you know what, it’s really confusing. I feel like the next season will only create more love triangle drama, although maybe Emily will have a little bit of a stronger handle on the situation… Or maybe not.”
I don’t know about you, reader, but I definitely wasn’t sorry when that Emily-Camille kiss happened. Emily did say, “I usually prefer men.” Is there a little room to mix things up, Em?
Lucien Laviscount has joined the cast.
Another love interest for Emily—and could he possibly be less of a Francophile than she? As reported by Deadline, Laviscount will join the recurring cast as Alfie, a Londoner who “refuses to speak French, or immerse himself in French culture.” Lovely! It would seem he starts his relationship with Emily as an antagonist, until that inevitably turns into something beguiling and sensual. He’s a finance bro who works for a British bank, and “unlike Emily, he works to live, not lives to work. He’d prefer to be playing football or having a pint with the lads in an English-speaking pub.”
Antoine will be a regular in season 2.
If you remember from season 1, Antoine Lambert is one of Emily’s clients as well as an investor in Gabriel’s restaurant. He owns a fragrance company and apparently has some strong opinions on the direction for Gabriel’s establishment—much to Gabriel’s chagrin. With Abadie bumped to a series regular in the coming season, expect drama. Lots of drama.
We’ll also get some exciting guest stars.
Continuing the thread of Emily in Paris leaning into the absolutely bonkers, Netflix announced in May 2021 that Jeremy O. Harris and Arnaud Binard will join the cast as guest stars. An iconic Broadway playwright, Harris will star as an obscure “iconic fashion designer,” while Binard will take on “the party boy owner of a popular Saint Tropez nightclub.”
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Collins doesn’t know much about the season 2 plot right now.
In an interview with Deadline, Collins said she’s in the dark as to what’s next for her wacky character’s romantic life, but she reminded us that Camille is still in the picture.
“I don’t know what they’re writing right now,” Collins said, “but I think it would be a little early for Emily to lock something in. I think she’s still exploring the prospects. Honestly, I think Emily doesn’t even know [what will happen], and that’s the beauty of the way that they write the show. She has yet to find all the qualities she maybe is looking for. But that being said, there is that connection with Gabriel, but now she has Camille in that love triangle, so I think there’s still experiences to be had, adventure to be had and she’s still finding herself.”
Experience? Adventure? And it could be gay?
Expect much more from Sylvie.
Everyone’s favorite boss will be a main focus of season 2, Star told Vanity Fair back in October 2020. “I’d like to explore so much more of the supporting cast, like Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, who plays Emily’s boss,” he explained. “I think we’ve just scratched the surface of who she is and what makes her tick…” Intriguing!
Collins wants Emily to explore Europe.
Think of it as the ultimate girls’ trip. “At some point, I was joking with Darren and said, ‘Couldn’t they just, like, hop on the Eurostar and, like, have a British excursion?’” Collins told HarpersBAZAAR.com. “I think it could be Emily going to all these different places. It’s Emily in…and then insert the city. She could just take the train and go all over Europe, and Mindy and her could go together.”
Bravo wants Gabriel to get his own restaurant.
Here’s something we could get behind. “I hope he’s going to get a brand-new restaurant where he will be able to bloom and do what he wants,” Bravo told HarpersBAZAAR.com. “He was still a little constricted in the old one. I just want to see his creative mind at work in a new place, backed up by Antoine.”
Season 2 could explore Emily’s past.
We definitely got our fill of Emily fumbling around Paris in season 1, and it seems season 2 will deliver less fumbling and more actual plot: “The first season, we only had ten episodes to really explore her new friends at work and who she meets outside of work, so I’m excited to dive deeper into those backstories and spend more time intermingling the two groups of people that she meets,” Collins told Deadline. “Now that we’ve seen her with all these ‘Parisisms,’ maybe we get to actually get to a bit more of her backstory, and experience that with some of the other characters.”
There’s room for a Sex and the City crossover.
Star created both shows, and Collins would love to see a tribute to Carrie Bradshaw somewhere in the new season. “She could be like an apparition,” Collins told Variety. “Emily walks by, and there’s a reflection in a window, and she looks in, but she sees Carrie. Then it goes back and it’s her, and she’s like, ‘What?’ I think that’d be kind of great.”
Emily will grow up a bit in season 2.
When Emily returns, Star says she’ll be more settled into life in Paris. “In season 2, she’s going to be more of a part of the fabric of the world she’s living in. She’ll be more of a resident of the city,” he told OprahMag.com. “She’ll have her feet on the ground a little more. She’s making a life there.”
Does this mean she will be less of an embarrassment to Americans? Time will tell.
In the meantime, au revoir, Emily! Read a history book!
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