It was a gloomy, rainy, 40-degree evening, but on a blue carpet at the French Consulate General on the Upper East Side ahead of a special screening of season 3 of Emily in Paris last week, the cast was as colorful as the show.
Lucien Laviscount, who plays Emily’s British boyfriend Alfie, flashed a grin as he strolled through the line of reporters in a neon pink suit with matching trainers. Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, who plays Emily’s French boss Sylvie, shyly raised an eyebrow at the cameras as she tilted her head to reveal a large silver arrow piercing her right ear over an asymmetrical black dress.
Kate Walsh, who plays Emily’s American boss Madeline, posed in a long white dress and stretched out her left leg to reveal a daring thigh-high slit over a sheer black mesh panel. She was accompanied by her fiancé Andrew Nixon.
The show’s star, Lily Collins, appeared in a sparkling white long-sleeved mini dress covered with silver bows, black tights and sparkling silver platform heels, and the blunt bangs her character, Emily, sported in the first episode of the new season cuts. (“Trauma Bangs,” as Emily’s roommate Mindy, played by Ashley Park, calls her.)
Emily is under pressure as the third season of the Netflix series returns on Wednesday. She faces big decisions at work and in love. Should she stay with her Chicago boss Madeline at Savoir, or with her French boss Sylvie at her new marketing company? And should she hope for the unavailable Gabriel, played by Lucas Bravo, or pursue a long-distance relationship with her London flame Alfie?
Woman. Collins and Mrs Park said they found it understandable that Emily would reach for the scissors amid crippling indecisiveness.
“I had a life-changing haircut when I was, I think, 26 years old,” Ms. Collins said. “I cut off all my hair — it was a pixie haircut — and I went to the Vanity Fair Oscars party and people were like, ‘What happened?'”
Woman. Park, who wore a purple and black zebra print dress and black latex boots, said she wanted wavy hair in seventh grade. “But I got a perm and it was way too much, so I had to wear my hair in this topknot for a year, which I called ‘the pineapple’!” said Ms Park, here dark brown eyes set with bold purple eyeshadow be dropped off; be discontinued; be deducted; be dismissed.
Jeremy O. Harris, the “Slave Play” playwright who plays designer Gregory Dupree on the show, didn’t hesitate when asked if Emily should return to Chicago.
“She just needs to get away from the men,” he said, dressed in a white patterned jumpsuit and long-sleeved red shrug.
“There’s too much romance in Paris,” he added. “I think she should stay in Europe, but I want to see Emily in Berlin or Emily in Italy.”
Darren Star, who created the series, said the show will stick to its title though — at least for this season.
“Emily is in Paris at the moment,” said Mr. Star, who is wearing a black suit. The series has been renewed for a fourth season, and he hopes it will be renewed beyond that.
“If they want us back, we’ll come back,” he said. “I think there is more to tell.”
Paris, of course, has so far demonstrated an inexhaustible sense of entertaining viewers, as Emily navigates cultural differences like a kiss on the cheek and an office that doesn’t open until 10:30am
“It was definitely funny that Emily came into the office so early,” said Camille Razat, who plays Camille, a Parisian socialite and a rival for Gabriel’s affections. Woman. Razat wore a long-sleeved red dress with matching opera gloves. “We work to live, not live to work,” she said.
French actor William Abadie agreed. He plays Antoine, the owner of a perfume company who is a customer of Savoir. “I live in America and I came here because I wanted to be an actor, but also because I respect professionalism,” he said.
The show’s French and American cast members shared one thing, however: an affection for the beret, the round, flat felt hat Emily wore at least half a dozen of during the show’s first two seasons.
“You have a lot of berets,” said Mr. Harris, his eyes shining.
“You have a winter hat, a summer hat. …”MS said Walsch.
The show’s French cast members had little personal experience of wearing them, although they weren’t opposed to the idea.
“Why not?” said Mr. Bravo, who was wearing a black velvet suit.
“I never wear them,” said Mr. Arnold said. “I think so,” he added, “but I like my hair too much.”
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