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Emily in Paris creator Darren Star defends French ‘clichés’ in divisive show: ‘I’m not sorry’

Emily In Paris’ creator isn’t sorry about the cliches (Picture: Netflix)

Darren Star, the brains behind the recently-released guilty pleasure Emily in Paris, has defended its use of clichés, describing the show as a ‘love letter’ to the romantic capital of the world.

Ever since Emily in Paris was released on Netflix earlier this month, it’s caused quite a stir, particularly among those who feel it portrays Paris in a ‘clichéd’ light.

Starring Love, Rosie actor Lily Collins in the titular role, the programme follows a young American woman as she moves to Paris to start a new job at a marketing company, having never visited the French city before.

While many viewers have found Emily in Paris a much-needed escape – filled with leisurely lunches and eye-catching Parisian fashion – others have criticised the show for its overuse of French stereotypes.

But Star, who also created television series including Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sex and the City, believes it makes sense for the show to contain clichés, as it’s supposed to portray Paris through Emily’s eyes.

‘The show is a love letter to Paris through the eyes of this American girl who has never been there,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Lily Collins plays an American girl discovering Paris (Picture: Netflix)

‘The first thing she is seeing is the clichés because it’s from her point of view.’

Star added that he’s ‘not sorry for looking at Paris through a glamorous lens’.

‘It’s a beautiful city, and I wanted to do a show that celebrated that part of Paris,’ he said.

Star isn’t the only person involved in the making of Emily in Paris to have jumped to its defence.

Lucas Bravo, who stars opposite Collins as chef Gabriel, said that while he ‘understands all the critics’, he is ‘so happy and grateful’ to have taken part in the show.

‘I’m just so happy and grateful, and it’s humbling to see how people are responding to it,’ the French actor recently told People.

‘I understand all the critics – I am French, I know what they feel, how they feel and why they would feel that, but it’s a positive feeling.’

Bravo added that the ‘biggest cliché’ in the programme, which he said is ‘so true’, is that people in France smoke when they go to the gym.

Emily In Paris is available to stream on Netflix.

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