Welcome to Miss Lily Collins, your source on the talented British-American actress Lily Collins. You probably know Lily from movies "Mirror, Mirror", "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bone", "Love, Rosie", and most recently seen in Netflix's "Emily in Paris" and "Mank". Her upcoming projects include "Windfall" and "Gilded Rage". Our goal is to bring you with the latest news, photos and media on Lily. Thank you for visiting, we hope you enjoy your stay and come back soon!
(Photos) Lily Collins for Glamour December 2021

Lily Collins (and Emily in Paris) are featured in the December issue of Glamour, and we bring you not only some behind the scenes from the upcoming season of the Netflix show but also an article with some details on what’s to come!

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In September 2020, when the first trailer for a new Netflix series called Emily in Paris was released, the internet almost immediately declared it your next TV obsession. “It looks like Sex and the City set in Paris,” PopSugar wrote. “Our Younger withdrawal just got a little more manageable,” proclaimed Vulture. And here at Glamour: “Netflix Just Released the First Trailer and It’s Perfect.”

And honestly, it was. During a year without much, if any, travel, or life as we knew it, Emily in Paris was the next best thing to savoring a croissant and a latte along the Seine wearing an Alaïa dress and not the same pair of sweatpants. Lily Collins was Emily Cooper, an ambitious, fashion-obsessed marketing/social media exec from Chicago sent to the City of Light to work at marketing firm Savoir. There was also a hot French chef and a new star in Lucas Bravo. There was eclectic fashion, and thanks to Sex and the City alum Patricia Field, along with Marylin Fitoussi, every episode was like watching a stunning runway show. And with SATC creator Darren Star at the helm and Collins as the lead—it was exactly what we needed, when we needed it.

The numbers reiterated that sentiment: Netflix announced that nearly 60 million households around the world watched the frothy comedy in the first 28 days of its debut on October 2, 2020.

But were they watching it because they loved it? Or watching because they didn’t? Or a little bit of both? It depended on whom you spoke to, but what was obvious was that people had opinions, and lots of them.

Whether it was the way in which the French were depicted (smoking in offices? sacrebleu!), how Emily approached her new surroundings (nope, a basic translation app isn’t going to cut it!), or just the fact that she was wearing over-the-top designer clothes that presumably cost more than her entry-level salary (a number we still don’t know), the internet had thoughts. Perhaps Emily’s French boss, Sylvie (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), said it best: “You come to Paris. You walk into my office. You don’t even bother to learn the language. You treat the city like it’s your amusement park. And after a year of food, sex, wine, and maybe some culture, you’ll go back to where you came from.”

Did we take Sylvie at her word? Because whatever the case, criticizing and hating on Emily became the thing to do. Hell, even the folks who own Chicago’s Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, which specializes in deep-dish pizza—that was the unfortunate target of one of Emily’s quips (the character described it as “quiche made of cement”)—were up in arms. (“Oh my God, I know,” Collins says now, clearly never intending harm to a beloved pizza place.) It got even worse when the actor casually mentioned in an interview with British Vogue that Emily was probably “fresh out of college” and around 22 years old. Social media was aghast that Collins could have assumed her alter-ego was so young, especially since Emily seemed to have so much influence and power at work. (“I made the silliest mistake [with] that,” Collins says. “And I’ve had to pay for that one. I’ve openly admitted, ‘I clearly got that one wrong.’”)

As ridiculous as the “controversies” seemed to be, the internet’s collective ire came to a head in February, when Emily in Paris was nominated for two Golden Globes, while the critically acclaimed HBO limited series I May Destroy You from creator, writer, and actor Michaela Coel—often called the best series of 2020—was shut out completely. The two wouldn’t have even been in the same category, but the backlash was so loud and so swift it caused a necessary reckoning and overhaul at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which was revealed to have no Black members on its roster.

“It was definitely an interesting time for the world when those Golden Globe nominations came out,” Collins says over Zoom. “Honestly, my focus and my concern [at the time] was more on the subject matter at hand and change that needed to be made, as opposed to how I fit into all of that with the show. Yeah, it was definitely a lot.”

More on that change in a minute, but understandably, the 32-year-old English-born, American-raised actor, who is also a producer on the series, was not prepared for the immense criticism (for example: “People Hate Emily in Paris So Much It’s a Global Crisis” screamed a Daily Beast headline a few weeks after the show’s release). “We never represented it as anything other than what it was going to be,” Collins says. “And we didn’t know the world would be in the state that it was in when it came out. People said they were laughing and smiling for the first time in a long time, that it reminded them of what fun felt like and that we were able to offer some escapism and romanticism and travel. I was so proud of that. I did not expect it to all of a sudden be something that people were upset [about].”

She continues: “And we do poke fun at America too. Emily is just as willing to mention things about where she’s from, and they joke about her as much as things are joked about her coworkers or the way of life there. And so when it was little nitpicky things about deep dish, or that I messed up from the age, I laughed about that. I messed up, I’m so sorry. I know that in this industry, having been in it, having grown up in it, you know that not everyone’s going to love what you do all the time.”

While it was unexpected, and Collins felt—and still feels—the need to defend the series, she also wasn’t about to turn a blind eye to the criticism. Having been born into the business (her father is legendary Genesis front man Phil Collins) and a mainstay since starring as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side, she has also felt a responsibility to learn and be open to feedback. So when the criticism started rolling in, she wanted to listen.

That meant having Emily embrace authentic French culture instead of just showing the typical Instagrammable tourist spots. In season two—out December 22—Emily starts attending French class and making a real attempt at learning the language, both spoken and unspoken. “You really go into different areas of the city, and see Emily trying a little harder and making an effort in her new city,” Collins says. “She’s really leaning into the environment and allowing herself to embrace it and become one with it.”

But by no means does that translate to a grittier, less colorful version of Emily in Paris. It’s still very much the same show you love—or love to pick on—from before. “It’s a heightened version of this world because it’s a comedy,” Collins emphasizes. “And it’s a Darren Star–produced, –created, colorful, bright, romantic version of what the story would be.”

Still, after the racial reckoning of 2020, Collins wanted to do more and, as a producer on the series, knew she had the power to make certain changes. She says she had “lots of conversations” with her fellow producers and Netflix executives about what happened over the summer and wanted to make sure that come season two, the crew and cast were more diverse.

“I was really passionate about including [more] women, people of color, and also sexual orientation, to really show more of what the world is, and be a part of the Emily family,” she says. That includes deeper storylines for some of season one’s stellar supporting characters (Sylvie, Mindy, Julien, Luc) and the introduction of several more (Lucien Laviscount as potential love interest Alfie; Jeremy O. Harris as Gregory Elliott Dupree, a fashion designer and former protégé of Pierre Cadault; and Arnaud Binard as Laurent G., a nightclub owner who has a surprising connection to a main character).

“If there’s ever an opportunity to be better, do better, and have more representation and inclusion, you should run with it,” Collins says. “There were certain conversations that we became a part of [such as the Golden Globes]…and while I don’t think I expected to be thrown into it in the way in which we were, I felt like it was definitely an opportunity to be able to do better in season two. It was definitely difficult to go through in a sense, but nowhere near as difficult as what the overall conversation was. And that was what was most important.”

Still, it’s about the overall journey, and progress over perfection, which Collins regularly posts about to her 24 million Instagram followers. “It doesn’t matter what stage of your life you’re in,” she says. “It’s okay to not have it all figured out, because none of us do.”

But that overall picture is getting much clearer. Going into season two a little wiser and more experienced—and with a validating Emmy nomination for outstanding comedy series under her belt (“We were thrilled, obviously,” Collins says)—there’s a lot to be excited about.

“I really hope people laugh and smile and get to have the same feelings of escapism and fun that they did the first season,” the newly married star says. “I hope viewers find more of themselves in different characters, and feel seen and represented in the show. And I hope that we get a season three, because I really hope we get to come back and do this again.”