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‘Emily in Paris’ Star Lily Collins On Her Own Trauma Haircut


It was a depressing, rainy 40-degree evening, but on a blue carpet contained in the French Consulate General on the Upper East Side before a special screening of Season 3 of “Emily in Paris” last week, the forged was as colourful because the show.

Lucien Laviscount, who plays Emily’s British boyfriend, Alfie, flashed a smile as he strolled along the road of reporters in a neon pink suit with matching sneakers. Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, who plays Emily’s French boss, Sylvie, cocked an eyebrow coyly on the cameras as she tilted her head to point out off a giant silver arrow piercing her right ear above an asymmetrical black gown.

Kate Walsh, who plays Emily’s American boss, Madeline, struck a pose in a protracted white gown, thrusting out her left leg to showcase a daring thigh-high slit above a sheer black mesh panel. She was accompanied by her fiancé, Andrew Nixon.

The show’s star, Lily Collins, appeared in a sparkling white long-sleeved minidress covered with silver bows, black tights and sparkling silver platform heels, and the blunt bangs her character, Emily, cuts in the primary episode of the brand new season. (“Trauma bangs,” as Emily’s roommate Mindy, played by Ashley Park, terms them.)

Emily is under pressure at the start of the third season of the Netflix series, which returns Wednesday. She faces big decisions at work and in love. Should she follow her Chicago boss, Madeline, at Savoir or join her French boss, Sylvie, at her recent marketing firm? And may she hold out hope for the unavailable Gabriel, played by Lucas Bravo, or embrace a long-distance relationship along with her flame in London, Alfie?

Ms. Collins and Ms. Park said they found it relatable that Emily would reach for the scissors amid paralyzing indecision.

“I had a life change haircut once I was, I feel, 26,” Ms. Collins said. “I cut all my hair off — it was a pixie haircut — and I went to the Vanity Fair Oscars party and folks were like, ‘What happened?’”

Ms. Park, who wore a purple-and-black zebra print gown and black latex boots, said that when she was in seventh grade, she wanted wavy hair. “But I got a perm, and it was way an excessive amount of, so I needed to wear my hair on this topknot that I called ‘the pineapple’ for a yr!” said Ms. Park, her dark brown eyes set off by daring purple eye shadow.

Jeremy O. Harris, the “Slave Play” playwright who plays the designer Gregory Dupree on the show, didn’t hesitate when asked if Emily should return to Chicago.

“She just must get away from men,” he said, wearing a white patterned jumpsuit and long-sleeved red shrug.

“There’s an excessive amount of romance in Paris,” he added. “I feel she should stay in Europe, but I would like to see ‘Emily in Berlin’ or ‘Emily in Italy.’”

Darren Star, who created the series, said the show can be sticking to its title, though — not less than for this season.

“Emily is in Paris for the moment,” said Mr. Star, who wearing a black suit. The series was renewed for a fourth season, and, he hopes, it is going to extend beyond that.

“In the event that they want us back, we’re coming back,” he said. “I feel there’s more story to inform.”

Paris has, after all, proven up to now an inexhaustible sense of amusement for viewers as Emily navigates cultural differences like a double cheek kiss greeting and an office that doesn’t open before 10:30 a.m.

“Emily going into the office that early was definitely funny,” said Camille Razat, who plays Camille, a Parisian socialite and a rival for Gabriel’s affections. Ms. Razat wore a long-sleeved red dress with matching opera gloves. “We work to live, not live to work,” she said.

The French actor William Abadie agreed. He plays Antoine, the owner of a perfume company that may be a client of Savoir’s. “I live in America, and I got here here because I desired to be an actor, but in addition because I respect the professionalism,” he said.

The show’s French and American forged members shared one thing, though: affection for the beret, the round, flattish felt cap that Emily wears not less than half a dozen of within the show’s first two seasons.

“I even have a lot of berets,” said Mr. Harris, his eyes lighting up.

“I even have a winter beret, a summer beret. …” Ms. Walsh said.

The show’s French forged members had little personal experience wearing them, though they weren’t against the thought.

“Why not?” said Mr. Bravo, who was wearing a black velvet suit.

“I never wear them,” Mr. Arnold said. “I feel I’d,” he added, “But I like my hair an excessive amount of.”

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