Despite having Emmy and Golden Globe nominations under its belt, Emily in Paris hasn't had the easiest run in terms of public opinion. And while criticism about the show's first season was at an all-time high, the show's lead decided to share her perspective on the situation.
It all started when people brought their concerns forward about the lack of diversity in the show's first season. But according to Lily Collins, who not only starred in the show but also took on the role of co-producer, changes were in motion to right past wrongs. "For me as Emily, but also as a producer on [the show], after season one, hearing people's thoughts, concerns, questions, likes, dislikes, just feelings about it," she explained about the feedback. But there was an overarching theme that couldn't be ignored.
"There were certain things that spoke to the time that we're living in and what's right, and moral and correct and should be done," the actress continued to explain in the Elle cover story interview. "And [that was] something that I felt passionate about." And Lily wasn't alone ."[The producers] all believed in the same things. And I really wanted diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera to be something that we really put our focus on, in a lot of ways." But how would they turn thoughts into action?
Collins continued to explain in the interview how she enacted change on the hit Netflix show. "Hiring new people in front of the camera, and also giving new storylines to different characters," the actress explained, was just some of the ways she was hoping to bring season two to a better place, morally. The news of this updated direction has spread around the internet, with many expressing both excitement and apprehension about the upcoming second season, which was already polarizing Netflix users after the show was criticized as mediocre at best.
I haven't watched any Emily in Paris but if season 2 has a "focus" on "diversity" and "inclusion" then I'm in.— The Kentman™ (@kw_hc) November 1, 2021
We'll have to wait to see for ourselves what the final verdict will be. But be sure to check back soon for more Hollywood figures pushing for change.