It doesn’t take long to realize that Emily in Paris (Lily Collins) has no idea what she’s doing. 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 this woman straight-up says, “Oh, I know that beach; Saving Private Ryan, right?” Um, do you really want French people thinking you’re an ignorant American who gets her country’s history from a 1998 Tom Hanks movie? Maybe check in with yourself before flippantly referencing a World War II battle that killed thousands of people.
Despite Emily’s fumbles, you have to admit her journey is relatable to any American who studied abroad in Europe when they were young and stupid. Yes, Emily is supposed to be an adult woman from Chicago with a Masters degree and disdain for Lou Malnotti’s deep dish. But she’s living a glamorous life in Paris in 2020 while the rest of us are getting themed face masks shilled to us by Instagram. As my friend Laura put it on Twitter, “Emily in Paris, rest of us in hell.”
Not only does this tweet describe the experience of watching the show, but it simultaneously accepts that the series is our best option for escaping real life in our present circumstances. Emily gets to run around Paris and go to restaurants; have awkward, inappropriate interactions with her boss; and bang many mediocre men without a care in the world. She doesn’t have to quarantine for two weeks before going to her parents’ for the weekend or wear a mask as she makes any of her dozens of terrible choices. Emily is free to be an ignorant American in Paris, and that is reason enough to watch this show.
Now, the real question is: When will there be more?
Season 2 is officially confirmed.
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 has 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.”
Filming could start this spring.
Emily in Paris was actually filmed in Paris, and with the pandemic gumming up literally everything, it’s been hard to tell when production on season 2 would begin. In an interview with Deadline, Collins mentioned a tentative plan to start shooting in the spring: “We’re aiming to hopefully be going back soon,” she said. “Hopefully in springtime. We’re trying to move forward. Again, everything is Covid pending. When we got confirmed for season 2 it made us all even more excited and even more anxious to get back. Of course, there are so many regulations right now and we want to be safe, but we want to get back.”
The script could be refreshingly queer.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Bravo hinted at the possibility of a 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… Or maybe not.”
I don’t know about you, reader, but I definitely wasn’t sorry when that Emily-Camille kiss happened. Emily did say, “I usually prefer men.” It there a little room to mix things up, Em? Dear god, let’s hope so.
Collins doesn’t know much about the season 2 plot right now.
In that Deadline interview, 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. This is just my opinion (and I’m not alone), but Emily in Paris hasn’t made many advancements for diversity. Could we at least get a little shoutout for polyamory?
“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.”
Experience? Adventure? (Cough) please make it gay.
Season 2 could explore Emily’s past.
We definitely got our fill of Emily fumbling around Paris in season 1, and it seems season 2 will deliver less fumbling and more actual plot: “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 said. “Now that we’ve seen her with all these ‘Parisisms,’ maybe we get to actually get to a bit more of her backstory, and experience that with some of the other characters.”
Emily will grow up a bit in season 2.
If and when Emily does return, Star says she’ll be more settled into life in Paris. “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.”
Does this mean she will be less of an embarrassment to Americans? Time will tell.
In the meantime, au revoir, Emily! Read a history book!
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