Lily Collins is set for another Parisian adventure after Netflix renewed Darren Star’s Emily in Paris.
The romantic comedy originally was set up at Paramount Network but moved to the streamer over the summer and launched at the start of October, when it moved into Netflix’s Top 10 list, per Nielsen.
The renewal came in the form of a letter from Emily’s fictional boss, Sylvie Grateau (see below).
In Emily In Paris, Emily (Collins), an ambitious twentysomething marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping its social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends and navigating new romances.
Ashley Park co-stars in the show, whose series regular cast also includes Philippine Leroy Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold, Camille Razat and Bruno Gouery. Kate Walsh, William Abadie and Arnaud Viard recur.
The half-hour series was created, written and executive produced by Star (Younger, Sex and the City). Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns of Jax Media also exec produce alongside Andrew Fleming. Collins produces. Produced by MTV Studios, the series was filmed on location in Paris and across France.
Collins, speaking at a PaleyFest even said that shooting Emily in Paris was very much “life imitating art” and full of “meta moments” where her real-life experiences in the European city mirrored those of her character.
It’s October 14 and Lucas Bravo is sitting in a Budapest flat scrolling through Instagram. Since the release of Emily in Paris at the beginning of the month, the latest Netflix series from mega-creator Darren Star, Bravo’s popularity has exploded. He went from around ten thousand Instagram followers to well over a million in just a few days and messages of support have been pouring into his inbox from all over the globe. While he’d love to meet his new fans in person, Bravo is currently quarantined inside his rented Hungarian home until he can return to set for his upcoming film Mrs Harris Goes to Paris — and thus, the endless Insta-scroll continues.
“It’s hard, you know?” Bravo starts with a happy huff. “All your friends tell you, ‘Don’t get sucked into your phone and try not to reply to everybody.’ But I have a lot of time on my hands, and it’s just so flattering, and I feel so grateful.” He chuckles. “I’m just so humbled by all this. I want to be able to give back as much as possible.”
Emily in Paris sees Bravo playing Gabriel, Emily’s (spoiler) chef neighbour-turned-lover. Gabriel is an object of desire from the moment he hits the screen, and over the past weeks, audiences have fallen for his accent and charm right alongside the titular lead. Such a role suits the actor perfectly; a model and former sous-chef with a naturally chipper demeanour, Bravo seems to be as close as one could get to the real-life Gabriel.
While the series is Bravo’s first American production, it’s not his first flirtation with the USA. He’s previously lived in Los Angeles, has attended Burning Man on more than one occasion, and even took a journey to Alaska to visit the abandoned bus once occupied by Chris McCandless, the subject of the book and film Into the Wild.
“I found the bus after three days and lived in it for a little week,” he reveals. “When I saw the movie, I think in 2009, I was in shock… I was already transported by the movie, but when I saw the picture of the real Christopher McCandless, I was so touched by this adventure that I promised myself I would do it one day. It took me ten years, but one winter, I booked my ticket and I just went there.”
The experience of living in the bus sounds miserable — “30 degrees below zero. I couldn’t really sleep,” he remembers — but the mere fact that he went at all speaks to his powerful sense of adventure. Bravo loves to travel, and with Emily in Paris, he hopes he can bring the joy of globetrotting to viewers who have found themselves unable to leave their familiar surroundings due to the present pandemic. “I’ve gotten many messages from people telling me, ‘Now I want to go to Paris.’ And this is the best compliment because that’s really what Darren wanted,” the actor explains. “People tell me about how the show allowed them to travel and feel better. This year has been really hard on everybody, and I’m glad to have these positive stories and cheer up people. It’s a great feeling, and I’m very proud to have it.”
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Bonjour, ‘Emily in Paris’ fans! Lucas Bravo is dishing cliffhanger secrets and if Gabriel should choose Emily or Camille in season 2. Plus, the 32-year-old actor is opening up about his sudden rise to fame, fans sliding into his DMs and his go-to pick-up line on dating apps!
The breakout star of Emily In Paris talks exclusively to ELLE about season two, star signs and what he learnt from Sex and the City.
For those who believe in the power of first impressions, we are pleased to assure you that Lucas Bravo makes a very good one.
And, no, we’re not just talking about Bravo as the dreamy chef Gabriel opposite Lily Collins in the hit Netflix series Emily In Paris. We’re talking about the man himself, who spoke to ELLE, all the way from Budapest, Hungary, where he’s currently shooting his upcoming film, Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris.
Chatting everything from Emily in Paris season two (series spoilers ahead!), to what he learnt from watching Sex and the City (12 times over), and all things astrology (zodiac calculators may have been involved), keep reading for our exclusive catch-up with the man of the moment, Lucas Bravo.
ELLE: Huge congratulations on show… I think it is quite literally an overnight success! How does it feel to be seeing your name all over the internet and have your Instagram blowing up? Was there a specific moment when it hit you that Emily In Paris has captivated millions of people around the world?
Lucas Bravo: I think everybody from the cast and crew was really surprised. You know, when we shot it, we were really proud of the project, we had so much fun and were close at the end of it, and hoped that the energy would translate on screen, but you can never predict how people are going to receive it.
So, it was a huge surprise for all of us. We all talked about it… Lily [Collins], Ashley [Park], everybody, we were all so pleased because not only it worked worldwide, but the way people received it… with such respect and telling us how it allowed them to escape their routine from this crazy year we’re all having.
Head over to Elle Australia to read the full interview!