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    Paris Hilton Seemed Ready To Ditch Her Old “Vapid Persona” — Then “Cooking With Paris” Happened

    "In her 'This Is Paris' documentary, she was very open, honest, vulnerable, real. All of that authenticity is gone from this new show."

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed Paris Hilton's return to reality TV, Cooking With Paris. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Variety's Daniel D’Addario about the new Netflix show Cooking With Paris and whether Paris Hilton's blasé attitude works in 2021. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: First of all, what even is Cooking With Paris?

    Photo of Paris Hilton standing at a kitchen counter wearing a "That's Hot" apron
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    Daniel D'Addario: This was the question that I struggled to answer in my review of the show. I've seen six episodes, and I think I have an idea of what it is, which is Paris is kind of putting on a bit of an act of being an extremely — poor isn't the right word — not a very good home cook. She isn't really that sophisticated in the kitchen. So she has people come and help her do these recipes that are kind of quirky in the sense that there's edible glitter; there's sweet sugary cereal encrusted on everything. There's a lot of pink foods, whether that's because of food dye or natural ingredients. And together she and her celebrity guests kind of struggle through this recipe and then at the end, eat it together in a room of her house that's been redecorated according to the theme. I found the redecorated rooms kind of the most compelling part and wish it had been more of a home renovation show."

    BuzzFeed Daily: There's a campy tongue-in-cheek vibe to the show that suggests Paris is kind of playing into her old, as you said, vapid persona. But it's interesting because that's an image that she seems like she was trying to overhaul with her This Is Paris documentary. In that documentary, she was very open, honest, vulnerable, real. All of that authenticity is gone from this new show. Why do you think that is?

    Photo of Paris Hilton dressed as Holly Golightly at a grocery store
    Kit Karzen / Netflix

    DD: I think that it's safe and it's just easy to go with what's familiar. What's the missed opportunity is that the Paris we saw in This Is Paris is someone who does have kind of ideas, who does think about things, think about the way she's perceived. And I kind of wish there had been more development in her persona because it feels a little bit like something we've seen before to see her kind of goofily being kind of bad on purpose at cooking. But if you're a familiar figure, there's kind of no risk in playing the familiar hits.

    BuzzFeed Daily: We're living in a moment where a lot of celebrities are really trying to recapture some sort of magic that worked for them a long time ago, like look at Bennifer 2.0 or all of these '90s shows that are getting rebooted, or all these cast members from these '90s shows are now doing podcasts about the show. You know, just last week, there were rumors about Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer dating, which I fully believe their publicists planted. What do you think it is about this particular moment in time that is making people so nostalgic for the past?

    Photo of Ross and Rachel kissing on Friends

    DD: I think that nowadays it seems as though everything is somewhat choose-your-own-adventure. You could be talking to a friend in your same generation who's had all your same experiences, and their favorite star could be someone from TikTok that the algorithm hasn't shown you yet. So it's nostalgic to think about a time when, you know, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer were, as Ross and Rachel, the biggest love story in the country. And 40 million people a week watched their story. That's not coming back. So to get to relive it feels a little bit, I think, especially for young people who didn't experience it the first time, thrilling.

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    It looks truly wild.

    As always, thanks for listening! And if you ever want to suggest stories or just want to say hi, you can reach us at or on Twitter @BuzzFeedDaily.

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