Lily Collins responds to ‘disheartening’ Emily In Paris backlash

Emily In Paris star Lily Collins is trying to see the bright side after the Netflix series has been hit with criticism from viewers.

Ever since the light-hearted series was released earlier this month, it’s caused a stir among viewers who feel it portrays Paris in a ‘clichéd’ light.

And speaking about the backlash in Vogue Arabia, the lead actress admitted: ‘As disheartening as it sometimes is to read these things, it’s also a gift; you’re being allowed to improve.’

The show follows a young American woman (Collins) as she moves to Paris to start a new job at a marketing company, having never visited the French city before.

While many viewers have found Emily in Paris a much-needed escape – filled with leisurely lunches and eye-catching Parisian fashion – others have criticized the show for its overuse of French stereotypes.

The 31-year-old actress is also a producer on the show and she promised to evolve the narrative in a second season, should the show be renewed.

Collins praised series creator Darren Starr who she claimed ‘championed my opinions and opened me up to an experience that was so rewarding and empowering.’

Lucas Bravo, who stars as chef Gabriel, said that while he ‘understands all the critics’, he is ‘so happy and grateful’ to have taken part in the show.

‘I’m just so happy and grateful, and it’s humbling to see how people are responding to it,’ the French actor recently told People.

‘I understand all the critics – I am French, I know what they feel, how they feel and why they would feel that, but it’s a positive feeling.’

The actor added that the ‘biggest cliché’ in the program, which he said is ‘so true’, is that people in France smoke when they go to the gym.

Emily In Paris is available to stream on Netflix.

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