You’re About To Fall In Love With Every Character In Emily In Paris — Even Sylvie

Paris is the city of love but Netflix’s newest comedy Emily in Paris reminds us that it is also a center of enviable fashion, amazing friends, and mouth-watering food. Emily (Lily Collins) is excited to indulge in all these Parisian luxuries but she also has to win over a few of the locals. It is going to take a lot of work.

Emily in Paris follows the titular character as she moves from her comfortable life in Chicago to Paris for a job opportunity to bring the American perspective to a French marketing agency called Savoir. The show is actually set (and filmed) in France which means not only is every scene incredibly beautiful, but a majority of the actors are actually French. So, like Emily, you will be introduced to a lot of new faces (and fantastic accents) while watching the show.

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Collins, who also serves as producer, leads the cast comprised of rising stars and actors known for their international work who are gracing the States with their stylish presence. Some become Emily’s loyal friends while others need some time to warm up to her Midwestern charm. Here's everyone you're about to fall head over heels for.

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Lily Collins Plays Emily Cooper


Bright-eyed and more than a little naive, Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) arrives in Paris ready to embrace her new job abroad. She landed the opportunity with short notice, so I’ll cut her some slack for not learning French before moving to Paris. She is well-intentioned, but her overly energetic personality rubs quite a few Parisians the wrong way. 

Emily is the most bubbly role Collins has played in a long time. Her most recent projects were the drama mystery Inheritance, released earlier this year, and the 2019 films Tolkien and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.
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Ashley Park Plays Emily's Friend Mindy Chen 


If you move to a foreign country without any friends or family, you are going to want to run into someone like Mindy. She and Emily become instant friends after meeting each other in the park. Mindy is much more worldly, as she went to school in Indianapolis and arrived in Paris by way of Shanghai. She is a ball of energy, just like Emily, but she has much more practice juggling life in Paris. 

This is Park’s biggest television role yet. She is mainly known for her work on Broadway in the 2015 revival of The King and I and the original Gretchen Wieners in the musical Mean Girls. She also had roles in the series Tales of the City and Nightcap.
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Lucas Bravo Plays Emily's Neighbor Gabriel


Gabriel is the mysterious, handsome chef who lives in the apartment below Emily. He is one of the first French people Emily meets who is actually immediately kind to her. He seems to be a good guy, but he is keeping some very important information from Emily. 

Bravo has not worked on too many acting projects so far in his career, but I have a feeling he will book plenty of roles in the future. Prior to Emily in Paris, which is his first leading role, he appeared in television series Plus belle la vie and T.O.C. He will next appear in the drama Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

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Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu Plays Emily's Boss Sylvie 


If there was a French equivalent to Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada it would be Sylvie. She gives Emily the cold shoulder when she first arrives which is, again, understandable considering Emily is working at a French marketing agency despite not speaking French. While Sylvie’s conversations with Emily often include insults, they are also some of the funniest moments of the series. 

Leroy-Beaulieu’s first gig, according to IMDb, was in 1982. Since her start, she has dabbled in American and French projects. She recently starred in international spy thriller series Mirage, but some of her most well-known roles were in the films Three Men and a Cradle, Natalia, and Love and Other Disasters.
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Samuel Arnold Plays Emily's Coworker Julien


Another member of the Parisian office crew that doesn’t give Emily a warm welcome is Julien. He enjoys mocking Emily but he is not as cruel as some of his coworkers. He slowly builds a friendship with Emily, but his initial reaction to meeting her is one of the best moments in the first episode. 

Like multiple people on this list, Arnold is a new face in the TV world. He played a role in the National Theatre Live: Antony and Cleopatra in 2018 and last year appeared in the television series Platane.
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Camille Razat Play's Emily's New Friend Camille


Just like Emily and Mindy, Camille has an outgoing personality and the most desirable wardrobe. She shows up in episode 4, “A Kiss Is Just A Kiss.” She hits it off with Emily pretty quickly but she drops a plot twist at the end of the episode that affects the rest of the season. 

In addition to being an actress, Razat is also a model. She had a role in Clint Eastwood’s 2018 film 15:17 to Paris and French films (Girl)friend and Paris Pigalle.
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Bruno Gouery Plays Emily's Odd Coworker Luc


Rounding out the group of judgemental coworkers is Luc. He is often seen with Julien when the two are mocking Emily to her face and giggling behind her back. He also gives Emily a harsh reality check in the first episode to help her understand why she is not fitting in and then proceeds to get weirder and weirder with each episode.

Gouery has booked parts in a few French television shows and is also a writer. Some of his previous projects include series Super Jimmy, President Alphonse, and Doc Martin, which he wrote three episodes for while working on the show.
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Kate Walsh Plays Emily's Boss Back In Chicago, Madeline 


I am very grateful for Kate Walsh’s character Madeline because without her Emily would not be in Paris. Madeline is Emily’s boss at the American marketing company that acquires Savoir. She is supposed to be the employee going to Paris, but an unexpected change of plans leads to Emily getting the job.

Walsh has been all over Netflix lately. She starred in a couple seasons of 13 Reasons Why and has a recurring arc on The Umbrella Academy. Her most recognized role is playing Dr. Addison Montgomery on Grey’s Anatomy and the spin-off Private Practice for six seasons.
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William Abadie Plays Emily's Client Antoine Lambert 


Antoine is one of Savoir’s clients who owns a cologne company. He has some outdated views on how to market his product and Emily is quick to counter his opinions. He is more open to Emily’s ideas than her coworkers, which is a plus. However, he is also having an affair, so he is not Emily’s favorite person. 

Lambert has popped up in multiple, popular American shows throughout his career. Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, The O.C., Gossip Girl, and Homeland are just a few of the shows he has appeared in. His most recent project was a war drama called Waiting for Anya

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Jean-Christophe Bouvet Plays Fashion Designer Pierre Cadault


If I could turn any of these roles into a real-life person it would be Jean-Christophe Bouvet’s character Pierre Cadault. He is a theatrical, emotional fashion designer who Savoir desperately wants to represent. Pierre is also a fan of Gossip Girl, which automatically makes him one of the best characters on the show. 

It is hard to believe Bouvet is not an actual fashion designer because he is so convincing. He has been acting for decades and he most recently had parts in French series Plus belle la vie and British show Riviera.
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Charles Martins Plays Pierre Cadault's Nephew Mathieu

 

Unfortunately, Pierre’s nephew Mathieu doesn’t appear until episode 7, “French Ending,” but he leaves a lasting impression on Emily. The charming sweet-talker is also one of the most eligible Bachelors in Paris. 

Martins has mainly worked in television. His past credits include roles in French shows Versailles and Virgin.
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Arnaud Viard Plays The Original Owner Of Savoir, Paul Brossard 


Paul is another reason Emily is living her best life in Paris because he sold Savoir to the American business that she works for. He is not as blunt as Sylvie, but he also thinks Emily won’t survive in her new French office. 

Viard is known for the French films Clara et moi, Paris, Love, Cut, and I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere.
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