It was a dark, rainy 40-degree night, but on a blue carpet inside the French Consulate General on the Upper East Side before a special screening of “Emily in Paris” Season 3 last week, the cast it was as colorful as the show. . .
Lucien Laviscount, who plays Emily’s British boyfriend Alfie, flashed a smile as he strolled down the press line in a neon pink dress with matching sneakers. Filipina Leroy-Beaulieu, who plays Emily’s French boss Sylvie, raised an eyebrow shyly for the cameras as she tilted her head to reveal a large silver arrow piercing her right ear above an asymmetric black dress .
Kate Walsh, who plays Emily’s American boss Madeline, struck a pose in a long white dress and stuck out her left leg to reveal a daring thigh-high slit over a sheer black mesh panel. She was accompanied by her fiance, Andrew Nixon.
The show’s star, Lily Collins, appeared in a sparkling white long-sleeved mini dress covered in silver bows, black tights and sparkly silver heels, and the punchy bangs her character Emily cuts in the first episode of the new season (“Trauma bangs,” as Emily’s roommate Mindy, played by Ashley Park, calls them.)
Emily is under pressure at the start of the third season of the Netflix series, which returns on Wednesday. He faces big choices at work and in love. Should he stay with his Chicago boss, Madeline, at Savoir or join his French boss, Sylvie, at her new marketing company? And should she hold out hope for the unavailable Gabriel, played by Lucas Bravo, or embrace a long-distance relationship with her London flame, Alfie?
Ms. Collins and Mrs. Park said it seemed to them that Emily reached for the scissors in the midst of crippling indecision.
“I cut my hair when I was, I think, 26,” said Ms. Collins said. “I cut all my hair off (it was a pixie cut) and I went to the Vanity Fair Oscar party and people were like, ‘What happened?'”
Ms. Park, who wore a purple and black zebra print dress and black latex boots, said she wanted wavy hair when she was in seventh grade. “But I got a perm, and it was too much, so I had to wear my hair in this bun I called ‘the pineapple’ for a year!” said Mrs. Park, her dark brown eyes framed by bold purple eyeshadow.
Jeremy O. Harris, the “Slave Play” playwright who plays designer Gregory Dupree on the show, didn’t hesitate when asked if Emily should return to Chicago.
“She just needs to stay away from the men,” she said, dressed in a white patterned jumpsuit and a long-sleeve roll-up with red shoulders.
“There is too much romance in Paris,” he added. “I think she should stay in Europe, but I want to see ‘Emily in Berlin’ or ‘Emily in Italy’.”
Darren Star, who created the series, said the show will follow its title, at least for this season.
“Emily is in Paris at the moment,” said Mr. Star, wearing a black dress. The series was renewed for a fourth season and is expected to extend beyond that.
“If they want us back, we’ll be back,” he said. “I think there’s more story to tell.”
Paris, of course, has so far proved an inexhaustible sense of fun for viewers, as Emily navigates cultural differences like a double-kiss greeting and an office that doesn’t open until 10:30 in the morning.
“Emily coming into the office so soon was definitely fun,” said Camille Razat, who plays Camille, a Parisian socialite and 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,” he said.
French actor William Abadie agreed. He plays Antoine, the owner of a perfume company who is a client of Savoir’s. “I live in America, and I came here because I wanted to be an actor, but also because I respect professionalism,” he said.
However, the show’s French and American cast members shared one thing: an affection for the beret, the round, flat felt cap Emily wears at least half a dozen times in the show’s first two seasons.
“I have a lot of augers,” said Mr. Harris, his eyes light up.
“I have a winter beret, a summer one. …” Mrs. Walsh said.
The show’s French cast members had little personal experience wearing them, though they weren’t opposed to the idea.
“Why not?” said Mr. Bravo, who wore a black velvet suit.
“I never wear them,” said Mr. Arnold said. “I think I would,” she added, “but I like my hair too much.”
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