Lily Collins has revealed how old her character in Emily In Paris is really supposed to be – and it’s safe to say it’s left many fans a bit confused.
The actress portrays the role of Emily Cooper, an American woman who moves to Paris in order to work with a top marketing firm, in the popular Netflix series.
In the show, Emily states that she had completed a masters’ degree at university, and with a typical undergraduate course lasting four years in the US, and a masters taking a further two years, it led many viewers to believe she was in her mid-late 20s.
Not forgetting that Emily is helping to run the social media strategy for many high-end brands, and a job like that would no doubt require some years of experience.
However, Lily, 31, believes the character is meant to be much younger than some may think, telling Vogue UK: ‘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. She’s had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss. She’s gone to school for this, and she’s completed internships.’
Lily’s revelation has shocked many, with fans subsequently flocking to Twitter in disbelief.
One confused viewer wrote: ‘Um @lilycollins, I’m not sure how to tell you this but a 22 year old with a master’s degree AND relevant work experience is either a genius who graduated college at 18 or is lying about her age…’
Another added: ‘WAIT! NO, EMILY IN PARIS CANNOT BE 22 BECAUSE EVERY EPISODE SHE MENTIONS SHE WENT TO GRAD SCHOOL!!!’
While another fan agreed, as they said: ‘Wait – #EmilyInParis is 22-years-old with a master’s degree and running social strategy for multiple luxury brands in a foreign country?!?!?!?!’
Lily also explained that her character was not used to the concept of French culture, having only experienced a European lifestyle through watching films and TV shows.
She continued: ‘She’s not the person who travelled during college. She was really, really focused on her jobs in the Midwest, and I don’t think she’s been abroad.
‘Basically, she’s always 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.’
Emily In Paris is available to stream on Netflix.
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