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    17 "Emily In Paris" Facts That'll Make You Love (Or Hate) The Show Even More

    :: Waits patiently for Season 2 ::

    1. Patricia Field, the legendary costume designer for Sex and the City, also did the wardrobe on Emily in Paris.

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    Emily's tulle dress during her first Parisian party is a nod to Carrie's tutu in the SATC series finale, which is also set in Paris.

    2. Place de l'Estrapade, the square where Emily lives in Paris, takes its name from a torture method that was popular during the Renaissance.

    Until 1687, this cute little place hosted an 'estrapade', or 'strappado', a torture instrument that is not exactly Instagram-friendly. It consisted in suspending the victim by a rope tied to the wrists, behind their back, resulting in dislocated shoulders.

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    That's because the quaint Parisian square where Emily discovers the joys of chocolate croissants and makes out with hot French chefs used to be the go-to spot to torture deserters and Protestants in Paris until 1687. Paris, the city of love and romance, am I right?

    3. The French actor who plays Camille is also named Camille in real life, and she's worked as a model.

    4. Lucas Bravo, who plays hot chef Gabriel in the show, used to actually work as a sous-chef.

    Lucas Bravo in Emily in Paris
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    The actor talked to EW about his time in a Paris kitchen: "A few years ago, I was working in this bar and one of the sous-chefs left, and I told them, "I don't think I can learn anything more at the bar. Can I assist you?" And he accepted. So for two months, I was basically a sous-chef and I had a blast."

    5. The little tour of Paris that Emily gets when she arrives in a cab from the airport makes zero practical sense.

    I couldn't resist mapping the cab ride montage. I swear I'm done

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    I hope she gave the drive a generous tip because he literally went out of his way (multiple times) to show her the sights.

    6. Ashley Park, who plays Mindy, is a Broadway star, and it's her real singing voice you hear on the show.

    Ashley Park singing on Emily in Paris
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    The actor has played Gretchen Wieners in the Broadway production of Mean Girls. Darren Star, Emily in Paris's showrunner, even tweaked Mindy's storyline to give her a chance to sing on the show.

    7. If William Abadie, the actor who plays Antoine Lambert, looks familiar to you, it may be because he also appeared on Gossip Girl.

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    He played Roman, Blair's dad's French partner.

    8. During filming, Lily Collins spent four months in Paris living as a local.

    Lily Collins in Emily in Paris
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    The actor also drew some parallels between her experience in the city and Emily's. "Things that happened to Emily also happened to me," Lily said in an interview on Live With Kelly and Ryan. "I lost hot water for two weeks, my apartment didn't have heating, my elevator stopped working, there was construction everywhere. There were these moments where I asked Darren [Star], 'Are you guys planning this so I have more empathy for Emily?'"

    9. They shut down the Paris Opera House for a night to film the opera scene.

    Scene at the opera
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    The scenes where Emily goes to the opera to talk to Pierre Cadault were really filmed at the Opéra Garnier, one of the most spectacular monuments in Paris.

    "We got to shoot all night in the Paris Opera House, which was so absurd!" Lily said in an interview. "I'm running around the Paris Opera House in hotel slippers in this gown, just soaking in the murals, the architecture," she said. "Even the crew that were born in France, and some from Paris, said that they'd never experienced the city that way."

    10. And Emily's outfit during that scene is an homage to Audrey Hepburn.

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    All the way down to her hairstyle, which is inspired by an Audrey look from the movie Funny Face (which is also set in Paris). Patricia Field said that she couldn't help taking inspiration from the Hollywood legend for this look: "I was worried people are going to say, 'Oh, she copied Audrey Hepburn,' but I couldn't resist it. Lily that strongly looks like Audrey Hepburn."

    11. The set decorator used a "dog poop spray" for the scene where Emily steps into dog poop outside her apartment.

    Emily stepping in dog poop
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    Yes, that's apparently a thing, as Lucas recalls in this interview. The crew ended up using it as a joke around the set, according to the French actor.

    12. Lucas, Ashley, and Samuel Arnold (who plays Julien) lived together during the shoot.

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    Ashley hosted the two actors in her two-bedroom apartment for the last month and a half of the shoot. "We moved in together, and it was just so much fun," Lucas said in an interview.

    13. And Lucas broke into the wrong apartment trying to get into Ashley's place.

    Lucas Bravo on "Emily in Paris"
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    At one point during her stay in Paris, Ashley forgot the keys to her place, and Lucas tried to get back in by climbing through a window.

    "So Lucas climbed up the window up two flights, and he was like, 'Is this the window?' And I was like, 'Yeah, it's unlocked, just bust it in,'" Ashley told Glamour. "He was like, 'I don't think it is.' And I was like, 'I'm telling you it is.' He busted into the window, and he was like, 'Do you play the cello?' And I was like, 'What?' And he had broken into the wrong apartment, so we ran!"

    14. Darren is fluent in French, although he won't admit it.

    Darren Star at a film premiere.
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    The showrunner actually speaks great French, according to Lucas: "His French is impeccable, but he doesn't want to tell anybody. He's being modest because at the wrap party, we started talking in French on his request, and he wasn't just passable, he was fluent."

    15. Lou Malnati's owner didn't appreciate the joke Emily made about their deep-dish pizza.

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    In a scene from the first episode, Emily's French boss tells her he found deep-dish pizza disgusting when he tried it in Chicago. Her explanation? He must have gone to Lou Malnati's. Well, the owner of the Chicago chain didn't appreciate the joke.

    In a press release, Marc Manalti wrote: "We've been serving Chicago's favorite Deep Dish since 1971. When Netflix’ Emily in Paris writers chose to take a shot at Chicagoans and our pizza to try to get a laugh, it felt heartless and not humorous in the midst of Covid-19.”

    16. That burger Emily swoons over when she has lunch at Ralph Lauren's Parisian restaurant costs more than $36.

    A cheeseburger on a plate in "Emily in Paris"
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    The cheapest burger from their menu costs €31 ($36), but if you want to try their black truffles and truffled Brie burger, you'll have to pay $57. At that price, it'd better be good!

    17. If the show gets renewed, the second season will further explore the relationship between Emily, Gabriel, and Camille.

    Gabriel, Camille and Emily
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    Netflix has yet to confirm that the show will get a second season, but if it does, you can expect more of that love triangle. “What happens in the next chapter can be a real exploration of how does the relationship between these three characters evolve," Darren told TV Line. "Season 2 will open up some interesting and surprising relationship avenues.”

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