Lily Collins was 30 when she was filming the Netflix series Emily in Paris, but her character is a lot younger than she is in real life.
The actress, who is now 31, opened up about Emily’s actual age in a new interview with British Vogue.
“I don’t believe we’ve ever given her a specific ‘number’ for her age, but I believe that she’s pretty fresh out of college. Maybe this is her first year after graduation. I want to say she’s like, 22-ish,” Lily said.
Fans might be surprised to find out that she’s so young as Emily appears to be very experienced in her job and she gets a huge promotion right at the start of the series.
“She’s had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss,” Lily said. “She’s a smart cookie and really innovative – and this is not her first rodeo doing what she does. She’s gone to school for this, and she’s completed internships.”
Lily noted how Emily had never traveled while in college.
“However, she’s not the person who traveled during college,” she added. “She was really, really focused on her jobs in the Midwest, and I don’t think she’s been abroad.”
“Basically, she’s always kind of been a big fish in a small pond – and then suddenly in Paris she’s a fish out of water. If she had gone to a different company in Chicago, she would have been taken seriously – but in Paris, she’s not prepared for the cultural shift that she experiences at Savoir. Her only real experience of Europe is through movies and TV,” Lily said.
In the series, Lily‘s character dissed an actual Chicago restaurant and the owners of the restaurant are NOT happy.
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