Lily Collins Defends Her ‘Annoying’ ‘Emily in Paris’ Character

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Lily Collins as Emily in ‘Emily in Paris.’
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C’est la vie! Lily Collins doesn’t care what the haters say about her Emily in Paris character — she loves her all the identical.

The actress, 32, stood up for the titular Emily Cooper in a Nylon interview printed on Thursday, October 28. “A lot of the qualities that Emily has, if you put them on paper, would seem so annoying,” she confessed. “To have someone be optimistic, bright and bubbly — it’s sad to think that people would look and go, ‘That’s a lot.’ They’re such beautiful qualities, and the fact that she can partner that with being vulnerable and asking for help and making mistakes — she’s not infallible.”

Collins stars as a advertising govt from Chicago who strikes to Paris for work. The present grew to become an in a single day success on Netflix when it premiered in October 2020, however it additionally acquired criticism for its unrealistic concepts concerning the lifetime of a 20-something and its portrayals of French individuals and tradition.

“I think that this is a heightened reality for Emily, to be moving to Paris, and what she experiences and what she sees,” the Love, Rosie star defined to the outlet. “It’s just that when you put them all together in a TV show that also aesthetically looks the way it does, it’s a little less believable.”

Collins additionally addressed comparisons between Emily and Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) since Darren Star is the creator of each collection. “She’s in no way mimicking Carrie’s life,” she insisted, including that her character may have been a fan of the trendy New Yorker. “Emily probably grew up having Carrie Bradshaw posters on her wall.”

The Mirror Mirror actress beforehand addressed the negativity surrounding the present in her November 2020 Vogue Arabia cover story. “As disheartening as it sometimes is to read these things, it’s also a gift,” she stated. “You’re being allowed to improve.”

Collins, who can be a producer on the collection, applauded Star, 60, and his staff on the time, noting that they “championed my opinions and opened me up to an experience that was so rewarding and empowering.”

The Mank actress made headlines in October 2020 when she guessed Emily’s age. “I don’t believe we’ve ever given her a specific ‘number’ for her age, but I believe that she’s pretty fresh out of college. Maybe this is her first year after graduation,” she instructed British Vogue. “I want to say she’s, like, 22-ish. She’s had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss. … She’s gone to school for this, and she’s completed internships.”

After followers known as her estimation into question, Collins shortly admitted to getting Emily’s age “wrong” through her Instagram Story. “Sorry girl,” she quipped. “You might not be 22, but I gotta say – you do act like it sometimes!!!”

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