Lily Collins: New series of Emily in Paris will focus on 'diversity'

Lily Collins says the second series of Emily in Paris will focus on ‘diversity and inclusion’ after it was criticised for its ‘outdated’ and ‘stereotypical’ portrayal of French people

  • Emily in Paris’ Lily Collins says second series will focus on diversity and inclusion
  • It was criticised for its ‘outdated’ portrayal of French people following its debut
  • Lily said she listened to viewers’ ‘concerns and dislikes’ about the 2020 drama

It was criticised for its ‘outdated’ and ‘stereotypical’ portrayal of French people following its debut season – but Emily in Paris star Lily Collins has insisted that the second series of the Netflix show will focus on diversity and inclusion.

The British-American actress, 32, who stars as Emily and is also a producer on the new series, said she listened to viewers’ ‘concerns and dislikes’ about the 2020 drama and focused on addressing them.

In an interview with Elle UK, for its December issue, Lily said: ‘For me as Emily, but also as a producer on [the show], after season one, hearing people’s thoughts, concerns, questions, likes, dislikes, just feelings about it, there were certain things that spoke to the time that we’re living in and what is right, and moral and correct and should be done.

‘And I really wanted diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera to be something that we really put our focus on, in a lot of ways.

It was criticised for its ‘outdated’ and ‘stereotypical’ portrayal of French people following its debut season – but Emily in Paris star Lily Collins (pictured) has insisted that the second series of the Netflix show will focus on diversity and inclusion

The British-American actress, 32, who stars as Emily (pictured left) and is also a producer on the new series, said she listened to viewers’ ‘concerns and dislikes’ about the 2020 drama and focused on addressing them

‘Hiring new people in front of the camera, also giving new storylines to different characters, which was really important,’ she concluded, reported The Guardian.

Following its debut last year, the binge-worthy Netflix series came under fire from critics for its ‘outdated and stereotypical’ portrayal of French people.

The series follows Emily, played by Lily, who has moved from Chicago to take on a new job with a marketing firm in the French capital, where she’s met with a frosty response from Parisians who show no patience for the bubbly American. 

Playing on outdated stereotypes about the French, the characters are portrayed as uncivil and unfriendly, and at times aggressive towards the foreigner, who doesn’t speak a word of the nation’s language.

 Following its debut last year, the binge-worthy Netflix series (pictured, season two) came under fire from critics for its ‘outdated and stereotypical’ portrayal of French people

The series (pictured is series two) follows Emily, played by Lily, who has moved from Chicago to take on a new job with a marketing firm in the French capital, where she’s met with a frosty response from Parisians who show no patience for the bubbly American

Many took to Twitter after watching it to complain that Emily in Paris was portraying all French people as rude, unfaithful types who take pride in being unpleasant and inappropriate.

After the criticism, Lily admitted to Vogue Arabia that while it was ‘disheartening’ to read the negative press surrounding the series, she also sees it as a positive as it gives her the ability to improve in the future.

She said: ‘As disheartening as it sometimes is to read these things, it’s also a gift; you’re being allowed to improve.’

Playing on outdated stereotypes about the French, the characters are portrayed as uncivil and unfriendly, and at times aggressive towards the foreigner, who doesn’t speak a word of the nation’s language

Lily told the publication that if the show is commissioned for another series she would ‘evolve the narrative’, while adding that the producers: ‘Championed my opinions and opened me up to an experience that was so rewarding and empowering.’

The second season follows the fallout of Emily hooking up with her French chef neighbour Gabriel (played by Lucas Bravo), who is still possibly dating Emily’s friend Camille (Camille Razat). 

Some viewers compared this to Sex and the City’s Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) hooking up with the married Mr. Big, particularly since both shows were created by Darren Star. 

The second series of Emily in Paris is scheduled for release in December. 

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