Emily returns to Paris, promises to be less ignorant this time

The creator of Netflix’s hit ‘Emily in Paris’ says the eponymous character will “assimilate” into French culture in season two.

by Douglas Greenwood
07 May 2021, 2:18pm


The Emily in Paris discourse shaped so much of 2020. Some found the show -- about a young Chicago woman arriving in the French capital to impart her American wisdom upon a marketing company -- to be a bit naff in a good way. Others just downright hated it. But whatever opinion you had of it, one thing’s for sure: you most likely watched it. It dominated Netflix, racking up nearly 60 million household viewers in its first 28 days. It’s no surprise then that it’s back for season two.

Emily, played by Lily Collins, was famously starry-eyed in the first season, sauntering through Paris like a tourist completely ignorant to anything that wasn’t her own culture. But the show’s creator Darren Star, famed for Sex and the City, has explained why this framing was intentional. “For me, it’s the evolution of the character. I think when someone goes to Paris for the first time, they are overwhelmed by the beauty of the city and that’s what they’re seeing,” he told Variety. “I think, perhaps, a lot of viewers who lived in Paris for a long time didn’t quite understand that this was through the lens of a character who was experiencing the city for the first time. That’s how she was perceiving it -- she was really struck by the beauty that was all around her.”

It seems like she’s got her act together for season two, which has started shooting in Paris this week, with plans to shoot in the south of France too. “When she got there, she got a bit of a free pass in the beginning and I don’t think it will be quite as easy for her in the second season,” Darren said. “I think she will be more assimilated, in terms of living in Paris and stepping up to the challenges of learning the language”

So now we know she’s going to get her act together in season two, what else is in store for the next instalment of Emily in Paris? Here’s what we know so far.

What’s the plot of Emily in Paris season two? 

The show left us at a crossover point in Emily’s career. She may have just been fired (? idk lots about this show didn’t make sense), and her relationships with her boss Sylvie, lover Gabriel, her lover Mathieu, and his uncle, the designer, Pierre, who Emily works under may have come to no clear resolution, but the door has been blown wide open for new possibilities. “There was a twist at the end of the first season that she did not see coming, and I think there’s a lot of fallout that happens from that in the new season,” Darren told Variety, referring to her relationship with Gabriel. “Certainly, the more quotidian aspects of life start to come in and I think that’s what’s going to happen to her.” Expect her DuoLingo score to skyrocket: Emily is becoming a real French woman in season two. 

Is the whole cast returning?

As it stands, pretty much the entire cast has signed on to return for season two of Emily in Paris. Darren Star has even teased that there may be expanded storylines for characters he hasn’t fully fleshed out yet. Apparently Sylvie, Emily’s boss played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, is at the top of that list. 

All of the primary cast announced their return in a video posted to Netflix’s socials this week to mark the start of production.

Are there photos from the set?

You bet! Paparazzi have already caught on to where the show is shooting. The outfits are, as you’d expect, as pattern-heavy and out there as ever!

What’s the release date of Emily in Paris season two?

The first season of the show wrapped filming in November 2019, before hitting Netflix in October the following year. Obviously, the pandemic would have pushed some things back. With shooting set to wrap in mid-July, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the show have a quick turnaround due to demand – maybe late 2021. That being said, nothing has been formally announced yet, so keep your eyes peeled for Emily in Paris’ return for season two. J’excited!

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