Emily in Paris
|Emily in Paris|
|Created by||Darren Star|
|Theme music composer||James Newton Howard|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production location(s)||Île-de-France, France|
|Running time||24–34 minutes|
|Distributor||Netflix Streaming Services|
|Original release||October 2, 2020|
Emily in Paris is an American comedy-drama streaming television series created by Darren Star that premiered on Netflix on October 2, 2020. The series stars Lily Collins as the main character, Emily, an American woman moving to Paris to give an American point of view in a marketing firm there. There, she struggles to succeed in the workplace while searching for love and experiencing culture clash with her "boring" Midwestern upbringing. It also stars Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Camille Razat, and Bruno Gouery.
Emily in Paris follows Emily, a driven twenty-something American woman from Chicago, who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity. She is tasked with bringing an American point of view to a venerable French marketing firm. Cultures clash as she adjusts to the challenges of life in a foreign city, while juggling her career, new friendships and love life.
Cast and characters
- Lily Collins as Emily Cooper, a 20-something American who moves from Chicago to Paris for a social media strategy job at Savoir. She falls in love with a French man named Gabriel.
- Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie, Emily's tough French boss at Savoir in Paris
- Ashley Park as Mindy Chen, a nanny and Emily's first friend in Paris
- Lucas Bravo as Gabriel, Emily's attractive hot downstairs neighbor, who is a chef and Emily's love interest
- Samuel Arnold as Julien, Emily's co-worker, trendy and high drama, he plays a funny duo with Luc
- Bruno Gouery as Luc, Emily's quirky other co-worker, he plays a humourous duo with Julien
- Camille Razat as Camille, Emily's new friend and Gabriel's girlfriend
- Kate Walsh as Madeline Wheeler, Emily's American boss in Chicago who cannot take the job in Paris after learning that she is pregnant
- William Abadie as Antoine Lambert, Emily's client who owns a perfume company called Maison Lavaux and is having an affair with Sylvie
- Arnaud Viard as Paul Brossard, the owner of Savoir
- Roe Hartrampf as Doug, Emily's boyfriend in Chicago. They break up and no longer date.
- Charley Fouquet as Catherine Lambert, Antoine's wife
- Eion Bailey as Randy Zimmer a well-known hotel owner
- Jean-Christophe Bouvet as Pierre Cadault, a famous flamboyant French designer and uncle of Mathieu
- Charles Martins as Mathieu Cadault, business man who becomes a love interest of Emily
- Aleksandra Yermak as Klara, representative of Hästens, a Swedish luxury bed maker
- Julien Floreancig as Thomas, a French snob, philosophy professor
- Carlson Young as Brooklyn Clark, a young and famous American actress
- Elizabeth Tan as Li, Mindy's best friend who has brought her five bridesmaids to Paris to shop for her bride's dress
- Alice Hewkin as Shay, a friend of Mindy's and who is a bridesmaid of Li's
- Feichan Zeng a bridesmaid of Li's
- Victor Meutelet as Timothée, the younger brother of Camille
- Camille Japy as Louise, Camille's mother
- Christophe Guybet as Gerard, Camille's father
- David Prat as Théo, Camille's other brother
- Faith Prince as Judith Robertson, a member of The American Friends of the Louvre
- Claude Perron as Patricia
- Isiah Hodges as one of the two Grey Space designers
- Christophe Tek as one of the two Grey Space designers
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Emily in Paris"||Andrew Fleming||Darren Star||October 2, 2020|
|Emily Cooper, a workaholic employee at the Gilbert Group, a Chicago-based marketing firm, is sent to Paris by her company to provide an American point of view to the newly acquired French firm, Savoir. Due to her inability to speak French fluently, Emily faces fierce backlash from her colleagues, especially by her boss, Sylvie. Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Doug, plans to visit her a week later.|
|2||"Masculin Féminin"||Andrew Fleming||Darren Star||October 2, 2020|
|Emily befriends Mindy, a nanny of Chinese-Korean descent. Doug calls off his plan of coming to Paris and wants Emily to return to Chicago, leading to their breakup. Emily is invited to a soirée where she meets Antoine Lambert, the owner of a well-known perfume company called Maison Lavaux. Antoine, who is already married, flirts with Emily. Her co-worker Julien warns her about his affair with Sylvie.|
|3||"Sexy or Sexist"||Andrew Fleming||Darren Star||October 2, 2020|
|When her post of a product related to menopause is retweeted by Brigitte Macron, Emily's reputation among her co-workers is improved. When Antoine shoots an advertisement for his perfume which involves a naked woman being stared at by several men, Emily protests against his misconceived notion of sexual objectification. Antoine is impressed by Emily's dissimilar ideas and as a token of appreciation sends her lingerie as a gift. Emily hides the sender's identity from Sylvie.|
|4||"A Kiss Is Just A Kiss"||Zoe Cassavetes||Kayla Alpert||October 2, 2020|
|After an odd confrontation with a grumpy flower shopkeeper, Emily meets Camille. She invites Emily to an art opening at the gallery where she works. Camille informs Emily about the presence of Randy Zimmer, a famous hotel chain owner from Chicago. When Emily finds Antoine disagreeing with Sylvie and threatening to contact other marketing companies, she promises him Randy Zimmer as a new client and credits the idea to Sylvie. Emily successfully convinces Antoine to create a trademark perfume for Zimmer's hotels. To celebrate, Emily makes an online restaurant reservation at a well-known restaurant, but fails to understand the French date format, thus her reservation is not for that night. She desperately seeks a favor from her chef neighbor, Gabriel, to take her group to his restaurant. Softened by Emily's favors, Sylvie encourages her to start a relationship with Gabriel. After Emily kisses him, she discovers he is Camille's boyfriend.|
|5||"Faux Amis"||Zoe Cassavetes||Ali Waller and Joe Murphy||October 2, 2020|
|Emily and Mindy discuss the unfortunate discovery that Camille is Gabriel's girlfriend and how Emily should handle the situation. Emily is invited to Durée's Influencer lunch. Durée is a former client of Savoir's, but Emily wants to win them back despite being told of the bad blood between the two firms. As Emily approaches her apartment building, she runs into Gabriel and Camille. Camille invites her to join them on a night out. Sylvie makes a pitch to Hästens, a Swedish luxury bed company, but Klara, the company's representative, is not impressed. Emily then pitches her idea for a social media campaign of showing the beds outdoors at well-known Paris locations. Sylvie does not like Emily being a social media influencer for clients who are not Savoir's and demands she delete her Emily in Paris Instagram account. Before she shuts it down, she and Mindy spend the evening visiting various well-known Parisian locations which she then posts. The next day, Klara from Hästens calls Sylvie to tell her she likes Emily's last Instagram photo taken at La Place Dalida and wants Emily to post their bed on that same street.|
|6||"Ringarde"||Andrew Fleming||Matt Whitaker||October 2, 2020|
|7||"French Ending"||Andrew Fleming||Emily Goldwyn and Sarah Choi||October 2, 2020|
|Because Sylvie is going on vacation to St. Barts, she assigns Emily as babysitter to the young, ditzy, obnoxious American actress Brooklyn Clark who is in Paris to host the Fourtier Flagship party and to model a 2 million Euro watch. Gabriel's restaurant is for sale, but the price is very expensive and out of his financial reach. At the Fourtier party, Emily and Sylvie encounter Antoine and his wife who lets it slip that Antoine is taking her to St. Barts on vacation. Brooklyn ditches the party while still wearing the super expensive watch so Emily has to track her down with help from Gabriel who she invited to the party. Because Emily's ride share car fails to arrive, Gabriel comes to her rescue by obtaining a moped to take her to the club where Brooklyn is partying. They find Brooklyn who is high and she ditches them again. Emily and Gabriel go the Hôtel Plaza Athénée where Brooklyn is staying to get the watch back, but the front desk clerk is uncooperative and won't divulge Brooklyn's room number. Sylvie arrives and threatens the clerk with scandal and possible damage to the hotel's reputation should the famous actress be harmed. He reluctantly takes them to the room and opens the door.|
|8||"Family Affair"||Andrew Fleming||Grant Sloss||October 2, 2020|
|Camille invites Emily to lunch and asks if Savoir could take on her family's champagne vineyard as a client. Mindy's friend and her five bridesmaids are in Paris for wedding dress shopping. Camille invites Emily to meet her family at their chateau. Gabriel surprises Emily by joining them for the weekend trip which makes Emily uncomfortable. Emily takes a tour of the winery and meets Camille's younger brother Timothée. Gabriel refuses Camille's mother's offer of a business loan. At a club where Mindy's girlfriends are partying, they force her on stage to sing the song she flubbed on Chinese Popstar. Back at the chateau, Camille and her mother are arguing so Emily takes refuge by the pool where she is joined by Timothée. They drink champagne and their night ends on a fun note. At breakfast the next morning, Emily meets Théo, Camille's other brother. Emily finally gets an opportunity to pitch her idea to Camille's mother.|
|9||"An American Auction in Paris"||Peter Lauer||Alison Brown||October 2, 2020|
|Sylvie is unimpressed with Emily's idea to market Camille's family's champagne. Emily meets Judith Robertson who is a member of the American Friends of the Louvre (AFL). She is aware of Emily's association with Pierre Cadault and asks if Pierre might be willing to donate a dress to be auctioned at AFL's fundraising benefit. Emily calls Mathieu Cadault to arrange a meeting so she can ask him about the dress donation. They agree to meet at an art opening at Camille's gallery. Sylvie and Luc also arrive at the opening to meet Camille. At the AFL auction, Grey Space, which consists of two fashion designers, show up and bid for Pierre's dress. As Emily models the dress on stage, Grey Space shoots her with paint as a publicity stunt which shocks the audience. The next day, the stunt is featured in all the newspapers and online. Pierre is despondent and takes to his bed. Emily visits him to try and positively spin the incident, but to no avail. As she leaves Pierre's home, she runs into Mathieu who makes a pass at her.|
|10||"Cancel Couture"||Peter Lauer||Grant Sloss||October 2, 2020|
On September 5, 2018, it was announced that Paramount Network had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of 10 episodes. The series was created by Darren Star, who was also expected to serve as an executive producer alongside Tony Hernandez. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Jax Media. On July 13, 2020, it was reported that the series would move from Paramount Network to Netflix.
On April 3, 2019, Lily Collins was cast in the titular role. On August 13, 2019, Ashley Park had joined the main cast. On September 19, 2019, Philippine Leroy Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Camille Razat, and Bruno Gouery joined cast in starring roles, while Kate Walsh, William Abadie, and Arnaud Viard were cast in recurring roles.
Principal photography for the series was expected to begin in early 2019 in Paris and its suburbs, but began in August 2019.
Many scenes are filmed at Place de l'Estrapade in the 5th Arrondissement. It's the original site of Emily's Apartment, the Restaurant "Les Deux Compères", and the bakery. Some scenes are also filmed at Cité du Cinéma, a film studio complex in Saint-Denis. An episode was also filmed at the Château de Sonnay in the department of Indre-et-Loire. Additional photography took place in Chicago during November 2019.
The series was released on October 2, 2020.
For the series, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 64% based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 5.26/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Though its depiction of France is très cliché, Emily in Paris is rom-com fantasy at its finest, spectacularly dressed and filled with charming performances." Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 63 out of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Daniel D'Addario of Variety described the series as "a delight that poses the question of what it really means to grow up, against a truly inviting backdrop," and that Collins is "an inherently winsome performer who has never been quite as well used as she is here." Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a "B" and wrote, "If you need a five-hour brain vacation, Paris is a worthwhile destination." The New Zealand Herald considered the show "visually delectable" and that "Collins has a pixie-ish charm which makes her endearing", but also that the show is "as ephemeral as fairy floss." However, Rebecca Nicholson of The Guardian gave the series one out of five stars, praising Collins for her "amiably breezy" performance, but warns viewers "the show is far better if you stop looking for rhyme or reason and just look at the scenery".
However it was met with a negative reception from French critics, who condemned the show for being racist and negatively stereotyping Parisians and the French. Charles Martin wrote in Première that the show unfairly stereotyped and depicted the French as "lazy and never arrive at the office before the end of the morning, that they are flirtatious and not really attached to the concept of loyalty, that they are sexist and backward, and [...] have a questionable relationship with showering"
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