Listen, when an actor inhabits a role, far be it from us to judge their methods or the backstory they create for their fictional character to fully realize the role. But when Emily in Paris star Lily Collins explained in British Vogue that she thinks Emily is 22… Well, we’ve got to stop her right there.
Emily Cooper is a marketing executive from Chicago whose boss was supposed to be transferred to Paris; but instead, when said boss (Kate Walsh) finds out she’s pregnant, Emily receives the transfer instead. Emily is a scrappy young marketing manager with big ideas, working directly with clients, which suggests proficiency and experience. But Collins, 31, suggests that Emily is “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 a smart cookie and really innovative – and this is not her first rodeo doing what she does,” Collins adds. “She’s gone to school for this, and she’s completed internships. However, 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 kind of been a big fish in a small pond – and then suddenly in Paris she’s a fish out of water.”
Social media marketers and users everywhere have taken Collins to task for her claims that Emily is 22, which effectively means this would be her first year in a job — and it’s very, very unlikely that she’d be transferred to Paris at this point in her career. (Hell, she could be a “marketing savant” as one Twitter user joked but… it’s not likely.) According to actual people who spend their lives working in social media, Emily’s career trajectory is just not possible at 22. And besides that, she’s just not very good at her job!
Look, we don’t mean to drag a show that has been a lovely escape from the real world and basically the only way we can see Paris rn. And to be completely fair, the blame for these discrepancies in Emily’s character don’t lie squarely with Collins. Another Twitter user said it best:
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