03 October 2020 02:32
Photo: COURTESY OF NETFLIX Is it just me, or has television been a bit of a slog lately? Maybe I'm not watching the right stuff, but the algorithms keep offering me these boozy teen dramas and plotless, high-budget fantasies. No one wants that right now! I'm looking for something a little silly, a little sexy, with a bit of garden-variety drama, a.k.a. all of the things I'm missing in my life right now. And my God, does Emily In Paris — out on Netflix today — scratch that itch.
Emily In Paris is like Sex and the City if Carrie Bradshaw got the fantasy expat life she deserved. It follows Emily (Lily Collins), a marketing specialist from Chicago, who moves to Paris to provide the French firm her company recently acquired with "an American perspective." She arrives at the firm, Savoir, in an Eiffel Tower–themed blouse and booties printed with "Paris" and airmail stickers, and that's all you really need to know. She can't speak a lick of French, and her midwestern warmth and bubbly corporate energy immediately clash with her black-wearing, cigarette-smoking boss, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu). Sylvie hates her on sight — her vibe is Miranda Priestly, but make it French and cut the blouses lower — and she vows to make Emily's time at Savoir miserable. Photo: CAROLE BETHUEL/NETFLIX Speaking of blouses, the fashion in this show is gorgeous and ridiculous: Emily's wardrobe is a joyous, candy-colored runway of tulle and miniskirts, belts and berets; Sylvie wears only black and sex hair; and Camille (Camille Razat), Emily's French contemporary, exemplifies a Phoebe Philo–era Celine chicness.
It's the work of the legendary Patricia Field (who was actually nominated for an Oscar for her costuming on the Devil Wears Prada), and her fingerprints are all over it: Everyone seems to have an endless collection of Chanel, and they're always wearing heels, even when making their cobblestoned commute to work. (This is maddening but appropriate for a show where the main character goes jogging in an eyelet blouse.) Photo: STEPHANIE BRANCHU/NETFLIX Emily seems to be the only feminist around, and it being the city of love, her prudish behavior is irritating at first, but that's probably because I would die to hook up with a random French stranger. That said, it's nice to see her shut down unwelcome and inappropriate advances, whereas an earlier version of Emily in Paris might have seen her drooling over a gift of lingerie from an older male client. In spite of this, I can't begin to describe how satisfying it is to watch her fall for her downstairs neighbor, a sexy French chef named Gabriel, played by a disgustingly hot Lucas Bravo. So if you want to be delighted, if you want to feel the way you did the first time you watched The Lizzie McGuire movie when she toured Rome on a moped with the Italian hottie, crack open a bottle of Sancerre and check out Emily In Paris. Fair warning: It will make you want to drink wine at 11 a.m., eat a chocolate croissant, and make out against a tree in public, but some of those are manageable from your couch. Emily In Paris has a pretty fabulous cast (Picture: Getty) Calling all Gossip Girl, Younger and Sex and the City fans, Emily In Paris has finally landed on Netflix. The chic series from Darren Star features all the fashion, laughs and romance you could want, and it also boasts a stellar cast led by Lily Collins. The actress plays Emily, a twenty-something marketing executive who's sent to the city of romance for her dream job. And she comes across some pretty entertaining characters along the way. Here's everything you need to know about the fabulous cast… Lily Collins as Emily Cooper Emily is an ambitious Chicago-based marketing executive who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris after her company acquires a luxury marketing company. She is played by the daughter of music legend Phil Collions, who is famous for her roles in films such as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The actress – who recently got engaged – has also starred in flicks such as Stuck In Love, Shockingly Evil and Vile and J.R.R Tolkien in biopic Tolkien. Lucas Bravo as Gabriel Gabriel is Emily's downstairs neighbour who works as a chef at the bistro near their apartment building. The pair quickly develop feelings but it's complicated… He is played by French actor and model Lucas who is most famous for starring in a number of French titles including Sous le soleil de Saint-Tropez, T.O.C and Plus belle la vie. You might also recognize him from this cute Chanel advert, too. Kate Walsh as Madeleine Madeline is Emily's boss and mentor in Chicago who gifts Emily with the chance to move to Paris. She's played by the one and only Kate who is famous for her part as Dr. Addison Montgomery in Grey's Anatomy and Private Practise. But she's also starred in hit shows like Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and season two of The Umbrella Academy and films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower. William Abadie as Antoine Antoine is the very married yet super flirty owner of a French fragrance house that is a client of Savoir. He appears to take a liking to Emily which seems to be for more than just professional reasons. He is played by French actor William who has starred in shows like Gossip Girl Gotham, Homeland and 90210. Look out for him as Father Lasalle in upcoming war drama Waiting for Anya alongside Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp. Ashley Park as Mindy Mindy is a friendly au pair who is living in Paris that soon becomes Emily's BFF. As a fellow expat she acts as the cultural translator while Emily tries to adjust. The American actress is well known in the theatre world, having performed in The King and I and earning a Tony nomination for her part as Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls on Broadway. She recently appeared as Jennifer in Netflix's Tales of the City. Philippine Leroy Beaulieu as Sylvie Sylvie is the glamorous head at Savoir marketing agency, who intimidates the hell out of Emily in the office. French star Philippine has starred in lots French titles such as Neuf mois, TV series Call My Agent! and Trois hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle). Fans might recognize her from Brittany Murphy's 2006 flick, Love and Other Disasters. Camille Razat as Camille Camille becomes Emily friend after they instantly get along during a chance meeting. But Camille's connections soon turn out to be a bit of a problem as the series goes on. The French actress and model recently starred in French miniseries The Disappearance and crime drama Capitaine Marleau. As as model, she's previously walked for brands like Balmain, Celine, and Chanel. Samuel Arnold as Julien Julien is a colleague of Emily's at Savoir who is one of the more sympathetic staffers who help her get through the tough transition. Samuel Arnold has previously appeared in the National Theatre's run of Antony & Cleopatra. He also starred in the French comedy, Platane. Bruno Gouery as Luc Luc is another kind staffer as Savoir who helps Emily try and win over Sylvie, thought he also had issues with Emily at times. Bruno starred in the French version of Doc Martin as well as comedies President Alphonse and Super Jimmy. Emily In Paris is now available to stream in Netflix. Got A Showbiz Story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. Advertisement MORE: Netflix US October 2020: Best new shows and films including Emily In Paris and The Haunting of Bly Manor MORE: Emily In Paris review: Lily Collins catches flights and feelings in Sex and the City creator's love letter to French capital