Mindy from "Emily in Paris" is the BFF That We Wish We Could Have

Tamara Fuentes
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Photo credit: CAROLE BETHUEL - Netflix
Photo credit: CAROLE BETHUEL - Netflix

From Seventeen

While we all wish we could be just like Emily and book a trip to Paris, we know that it better if we got to go with our BFFs. And there is none like Mindy Chen from Emily in Paris. Right from the get go, Mindy and Emily became absolutely inseparable as they navigated the streets of Paris. Together, they not only helped each other follow their dreams, but they also got to enjoy everything the city had to offer them. While we'll have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens to her in season two, that doesn't mean we can't talk about everything we know about her now. So who is she? And who is the actor that plays her?

*Major spoilers for season 1 of Emily in Paris below!*

Here's everything you need to know about Mindy from Emily in Paris.

What's Mindy's story?

Mindy first meets Emily out in a park. Shocked to see someone being kind and speaking English, Emily is surprised to meet Mindy in Paris. Mindy reveals that she is an au pair for two children and that she's been in the city for a year. Emily admits that she doesn't have any friends in Paris so Mindy shares her phone number and encourages her to hit her up whenever she wants to grab dinner.

At a dinner in episode two, Mindy reveals that she originally ended up in Paris for business school, but decided to quit after realizing that she didn't want to take over her family's company in China. Mindy also throws Emily a welcome to Paris party in effort to help her feel more at home in her new city.

Mindy slowly becomes Emily's closest confidant and helps her navigate the messy love triangle that Emily is suddenly in after meeting Gabriel's girlfriend, Camille, and realizing her feelings for him. When Emily has to shut down her Emily in Paris Instagram account, Mindy takes her around Paris one last time so she can fill it with some special memories before she has to take it down.

When Mindy's dad tries to bribe her to come back to China, she reveals that she auditioned for a Chinese music TV competition, but choked while singing her song causing her embarrassment. Emily encourages her to get back into performing and Mindy starts to sing in the middle of a park, which helps her realize how much she missed it.

In episode 8, some of Mindy's friends from Shanghai come to Paris for a Bachelorette party and she asks Emily to come over. They surprise her with the opportunity to sing at a local club where she is able to successfully sing the song she messed up on TV. Finally getting the courage to perform around Paris, Mindy gets fired from her au pair job and moves in with Emily.

Who plays her?

Ashley Park plays Mindy Chen in Emily in Paris. Ashley is a Tony-nominated actress known for her roles on Broadway. She previously starred in the musical Mean Girls as Gretchen Weiners and MwE in the Ars Nova production of KPop.

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