Netflix‘s new series, Emily in Paris, is probably more divisive than creator Darren Star was anticipating. But ever since the Lily Collins starring show first premiered earlier this month, it’s been getting equal parts love and hate in reactions from viewers and critics, who either appreciate the series as an escapist light comedy or loathe it for its liberal use of French cliches.
Emily in Paris star Lucas Bravo, who plays Gabriel on the show, has heard it all, and even he’ll admit that the show isn’t perfect. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan, the French actor agreed that some of the critiques of Emily in Paris, especially those coming from French critics, are “valid.”
“I think they’re right, in a way,” he said. “We’re portraying cliches and we’re portraying one single vision of Paris. Paris is one of the most diverse cities in the world. We have so many ways of thinking, so many different nationalities, so many different neighborhoods. A lifetime wouldn’t be enough to know everything that’s going on in Paris.
“It’s an entire world in a city,” he continued. “At some point, if you want to tell a story about Paris, you have to choose an angle. You have to choose a vision. French critics, they didn’t understand the fact that it’s just one vision. They’re like, ‘Oh, this is not what Paris is.’ Of course. Paris is many things.”
Bravo’s comments come after multiple French publications published critical reviews of Emily in Paris, which follows a 20-something marketing expert named Emily (Collins) who moves to the City of Lights for a job opportunity, but arrives with zero grip on the language and endures quite the culture shock.
In an Oct. 3 review from the French website Sens Critique, a critic argued that you “have to strongly love science fiction to watch this series, knowing that Parisians are mostly friendly, speak irreproachable English, make love for hours and that going to work remains an option.”
Despite all of the backlash from critics, Bravo isn’t letting it get to him — in fact, he’s already looking ahead to a possible Season 2. The actor told Cosmo he’s looking forward to seeing what happens between Gabriel, Camille (Camille Razat) and Emily. “We planted a few seeds about different characters,” Bravo said, adding, “Anything could happen between the three of them. I think Darren wants this second season to be really open-minded.”
Emily in Paris hasn’t gotten the official go-ahead for more episodes just yet, but if they’re trying for an “open-minded” Season 2, maybe they’ll craft up something more pleasing for the French critics.
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