The series isn’t all croissants, cafes and wine (although there is plenty of that). Emily also has a lot of work to do to be accepted by her French colleagues. They don’t appreciate that she isn’t fluent in their language believe she speaks up when she should stay silent and find her enthusiasm off-putting. Emily is willing to take in her criticism and try to evolve, and Collins appreciates that.
“I feel like that’s what we’re all doing right now,” she said. “We’re educating ourselves and learning and growing and being forced to look at ourselves in the mirror, while also hopefully doing that for other people in a loving way.
“There’s a lot of hard conversations, I think, that we’ve all had to have recently with ourselves, with our friends, with our families, whether about current events, voting and Black Lives Matter. As long as we’re open to learn and educate ourselves and also lovingly do the same for others, that’s how we grow.”
The show also has great fashion, which is a hallmark of Darren Star productions. He’s once again enlisted famed “Sex and the City” and “Younger” costume designer Patricia Fields to outfit Collins and her co-stars. A highlight is when Emily wears a sweater decorated with the Eiffel Tower to her first day at work.
“What would you do if you knew that you were going to a country where that was like the iconic symbol?” Collins said. “Emily’s like, ‘I’m going to wear it.’ And that’s just so what Emily does. It’s just so endearing and it makes you laugh.”