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Lily Collins Says 'Diversity & Inclusion' Was a Focus of 'Emily in Paris' Season 2

Lily Collins Says 'Diversity & Inclusion' Was a Focus of 'Emily in Paris' Season 2

Lily Collins is opening up about season 2 of Emily in Paris.

In a new interview for the December issue of Elle UK, which hits newsstands on Thursday (November 4), the 32-year-old actress discussed her hit Netflix show and shared that the response the first season helped shape the direction the second season took.

Click inside to find out what she said…

“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, 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,” she said. “And [that was] something that I felt passionate about. [The producers] all believed in the same things.”

She continued, “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. Hiring new people in front of the camera, also giving new storylines to different characters, which was really important.”

While she didn’t offer up too many hints in terms of potential storylines, the latest trailer for the series shows Emily and her friends leaving Paris for a vacation on the coast.

Lily told Elle UK that it was different working on the show this time around, as shooting began during the pandemic.

“There weren’t any Americans around because they weren’t allowed,” she said. “So that felt even more strange, because the only accents you would hear were French — which was also really lovely.”

“I definitely got to know it better this time around, just because I wasn’t taking a lot of public transport because of regulations for filming,” she said. “So I was walking a lot more. Charlie [McDowell, her husband] is great with directions and exploring and had marked places [to visit] all over Paris, even before I had the show. And so we were constantly walking and exploring. And, you know, our crew is all French. And so is most of our cast, except for Ashley [Park, who plays Mindy] and I. So you get to experience another side of Paris with them.”

Season 2 of Emily in Paris premieres Dec. 22 on Netflix.

Check out the photos we have of the cast on set!

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