The coronavirus pandemic should be ongoing in the true world, however within the reel world of “Emily in Paris,” it merely doesn’t exist.
Season 2 of Netflix’s hit romantic comedy drops Dec. 22, nonetheless, viewers shouldn’t count on to see any point out of COVID-19 within the Metropolis of Lights and Love.
Star Lily Collins defined the rationale behind the producers’ determination to not dive deep into the pandemic.
“Season 1 allowed us an escapism when it got here out that it felt it was one thing that wanted to proceed — not addressing it as a result of it brings a way of escapism and pleasure and laughter in a time that we want it probably the most,” Collins, 32, informed Variety on the present’s premiere on Wednesday.
The “Love, Rosie” actress then defined that filming through the pandemic in fact got here with some challenges. The staff was “capturing a present in a metropolis that’s extremely populated the place individuals are sporting masks, but we’re capturing in a world that doesn’t exist with COVID — so it’s ensuring that once we’re rolling the masks are off and once we cease rolling they arrive again on,” she stated.
“There have been a few occasions once they began capturing and I used to be like, ‘Wait, half the folks within the scene are nonetheless sporting masks,’” Collins added.
Different reveals have chosen to embrace the truth of the pandemic, together with drama collection equivalent to “Gray’s Anatomy,” “The Resident,” “This Is Us” and “Shameless.” Season 17 of “Gray’s Anatomy” had its star Meredith Gray affected by the virus, for instance, whereas the earlier season of ABC’s “The Resident” passed off in a post-COVID vaccine society.
The British-born actress is a producer on the upcoming season and likewise addressed the present’s criticism final month. The collection has been blasted by followers and critics alike for its inaccurate portrayal of the French capital.
Collins additionally addressed considerations over variety and inclusion in an Elle UK profile.
“For me as Emily, but in addition as a producer on [the show], after Season 1, listening to folks’s ideas, considerations, questions, likes, dislikes, simply emotions about it, there have been sure issues that spoke to the time that we’re residing in and what’s proper, and ethical and proper and needs to be completed,” she revealed to the magazine.
The “To the Bone” star continued, “And [that was] one thing that I felt keen about. [The producers] all believed in the identical issues. And I actually needed variety and inclusion in entrance of and behind the digicam to be one thing that we actually put our concentrate on, in plenty of methods.”
“Hiring new folks in entrance of the digicam, additionally giving new storylines to completely different characters, which was actually vital,” she said.
The dreamy but highly fashionable collection follows social media advertising genius Emily Cooper (Collins), who strikes to Paris for a job supply and spends her days Instagramming croissants, wine and falling in love with Frenchmen.
A tradition conflict ensues together with her co-workers, however she learns to mix in as she earns her place in her firm’s good graces. Ashley Park, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Lucas Bravo, Samuel Arnold and Camille Razat additionally star.