- Oops!Something went wrong.Please try again later.
You needn't watch more than a few minutes of Emily in Paris to realize that Emily in Paris (Lily Collins) has no idea what she’s doing in Paris. 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 Emily cheerfully remarks, “Oh, I know that beach; Saving Private Ryan, right?”
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 a signature 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 indulge in this inexplicably Emmy-nominated show.
Now, the real question is: When will there be more?
Will there be a second season of Emily in Paris?
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.”
Has production begun?
In May 2021, the cast shared a video on the Emily in Paris Instagram account announcing they'd returned to set. Collins, Ashley Park (Mindy), Bravo, William Abadie (Antoine), Samuel Arnold (Julien), Leroy-Beaulieu, Bruno Gouery (Luc), and Camille Razat (Camille) all made appearances.
Production first started at the end of April in the south of France, Star told Vanity Fair. “We took over what is probably one of the most glamorous places in the world, the Four Seasons’ Cap Ferrat hotel, where we were staying and filming,” he said. “The hotel was essentially closed except for us. We had our writers room in a villa on the property, so it actually was surreal—everything in France was shut down at the time.”
Despite the pandemic's significant impact on how production played out, Star says COVID-19 itself won't make an appearance in the show. “In the timeline of the show, it just hasn’t happened yet,” he told Vanity Fair.
Filming finally wrapped as of August 4, 2021. To celebrate the occasion, Collins snapped a photo with her “partner in crime” Park.
Will there be more out-of-control fashion?
Would it really be Emily in Paris if there wasn't? The new season had only been filming for a single day before we learned season 2 has our Em in a set of increasingly alarming outfits, several of which seem inspired by the '60s. See a few selections here.
And in early July, paparazzi caught another shot of Collins filming in Paris, this time in a puff-sleeve peplum top, neon red mini skirt, lime green purse and navy blazer. Don't ask how long it takes her to buckle up those heels.
Finally, in a set of new photos released by Netflix, we got out first official glimpse of Emily's new wardrobe this season. And it leaves a lot to unpack.
What can we expect from the new script?
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Bravo hinted at the possibility of a queer relationship in the 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.”
Emily did say in season 1 that, “I usually prefer men.” Is there a little room to mix things up, Em?
The season 2 script might also feature some flashbacks to Emily's childhood. “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 a bit more of her backstory, and experience that with some of the other characters.”
Star also confirmed the Emily we'll meet in season 2 will have developed some maturity. “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.”
Finally, in an interview with People, he teased that this second season “is by far a stronger season” than the first. Does this mean Emily will be less of an embarrassment to Americans? Only time will tell.
Who's new to the cast?
Lucien Laviscount will join the cast as 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.”
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 guest star in season 2. An iconic Broadway playwright, Harris will play an obscure “iconic fashion designer,” while Binard will take on “the party boy owner of a popular Saint Tropez nightclub.”
#EmilyInParis Season 2 News:
Jeremy O. Harris will play an iconic fashion designer, Lucien Laviscount joins as a Brit who gets under Emily’s skin before she starts to like sarcastic charm, and Arnaud Binard guest stars as the party boy owner of a popular Saint Tropez nightclub. pic.twitter.com/lwiX1hZlsQ
— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) May 24, 2021
Star revealed to Vanity Fair that Harris's role has grown since he joined the cast. “The role was written and we sent it to him and honestly, once he said yes, the role got a little bigger!” Star said. “We got a little bit inspired by him so I wanted to bring him back and he plays an important part later on in the series.”
What's next for Emily's love life?
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.”
Will Emily finally speak more French?
It sounds like she might be forced to learn more than a few words. “Because the show was done for an American network initially, I didn’t know how much French with subtitles an American audience was going to tolerate,” Star told Vanity Fair. “Knowing that we’re reaching a global audience, there’s a lot more subtitled content.”
Later, in an interview with People, he elaborated on Emily's language lessons: “I think she also just gets more immersed in learning French and really struggling with the language in a way she didn't get to do first in the first season, because she's really trying this season.” We're proud of you, Em! Next, let's try learning some history, alright?
When will the new season arrive?
During Netflix's first-ever global fan event, TUDUM, the cast confirmed the series will return December 22. Watch the new teaser clip—featuring the awe-inspiring vistas Emily gets to explore this season—below.
You Might Also Like