With filming on the second season of Netflix’s Emily In Paris now well underway, we now know a bit more about the faces (both new and old) that will be joining Lily Collins onscreen for the next series.
First off, it’s been announced that William Abadie (who plays Antoine, the founder of the perfume company Maison Lavaux who is having an affair with Emily’s boss, Sylvie), has been made a ‘series regular’ on the show, so we can expect to see a lot more of Antoine – and his investment in Gabriel’s restaurant – in season two.
Indeed, as a press release announcing his return to the show notes: “As [Antoine and Gabriel] cope with clashing visions for the venture, Antoine will become even more entangled in Emily’s world.”
Elsewhere, Lucien Laviscount (known for his roles in Katy Keene and Scream Queens) has also been cast in a recurring role as Alfie, described as a “sarcastic and charming cynic” who “refuses to speak French, or immerse himself in French culture” and “enjoys teasing Emily”.
As his character description reads: “[Emily and Alfie] have an antagonistic relationship that evolves into something more. Alfie is in Paris working for a UK bank, but unlike Emily he works to live, not lives to work.
“He’d prefer to be playing football or having a pint with the lads in an English-speaking pub.”
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Other new faces joining the cast for season two include playwright Jeremy O’Harris, who will take on the role of Gregory Elliot Dupree, an “iconic fashion designer” and former protégé of Pierre Cadault, and Arnaud Binard, who will play Saint Tropez nightclub owner Laurent G, who comes across Emily when she agrees to promote on of his brands.
Although we don’t know much about what to expect from season two of Emily In Paris plot wise, the addition of these new characters – especially Laviscount’s Alfie – could spell trouble for Collins’ Emily as she continues to build her life in Paris.
Keep reading to find out more about what you can expect from the upcoming season.
How was Emily In Paris season 2 announced?
The news was broken by Netflix on their official Twitter account in November last year, when they shared a video of the show’s stars saying the French word for two ‘deux’.
The clip, which you can watch below, ended with the phrase: “Deux is always better than un” and was accompanied by the caption: “Emily In Paris will return for season 2!”
What is the plot of Emily In Paris season 2?
After the cliffhanger that was the end of season one, it’s safe to say we can expect a lot more drama from season two.
Not only has Gabriel (one of Emily’s love interests) decided to stay in Paris after Antoine (another of Emily’s love interests) offered to buy him his restaurant, but Camille (Gabriel’s girlfriend whom he has been cheating on with Emily) wants to “talk” to our protagonist. To cut to the chase, things are just a little complicated.
We can also expect Emily to work even more of her American charm at work in season two – despite a rocky start with her boss, Sylvie, the pair seem to have patched things up at the end of season one.
In fact, if Netflix’s official season two announcement is anything to go by, Emily may finally be beginning to win Sylvie over. The release, which came in the form of a letter from Sylvie to Emily’s American employer, reads:
“Nous sommes désolées! We are writing to regrettably inform you that Emily Cooper will need to remain in Paris for an extended period of time. Despite her overconfident manner and lack of prior experience in luxury goods marketing, she has nonetheless managed to charm some of our hard-to-impress clients during her short time at Savoir. Call it bonne chance, or American ingenuity – I’m leaning towards the former – her results are impressive.
“We hope that by extending her time in Paris, Emily will further the relationships she has already made, delve deeper into our culture, and perhaps pick up a few words of basic French.
“We will work in conjunction with you on applying for a work permit on her behalf to prolong her time here. We love having Emily in Paris! But please don’t let her know that.”
Elsewhere, speaking to Oprah Magazine about where he sees Emily in season two, the show’s creator Darren Star (who also created Sex And The City) said he sees the character beginning to settle into life in the city.
“In season two, she’s going to be more of a part of the fabric of the world she’s living in,” he said.
“She’ll be more of a resident of the city. She’ll have her feet on the ground a little more – she’s making a life there.”
This isn’t the only teaser about season two Star has treated fans of the show to over the last couple of months. Speaking to TV Line at the beginning of October 2020, Star hinted that the relationship between Gabriel, Camille and Emily will evolve as the show moves into its second season.
“Nothing is sort of exactly as it seems to [Emily], and I think a lot of her ideas about life are constantly tested,” he said. “And they will be next season, as well. What happens in the next chapter, I think, can be a real exploration of how the relationship between these three characters evolves.”
Star continued: “That, to me, is such a fun thing to explore in season two, because these are not Americans. They’re French people. To me, a big part of the show is looking at everything through a different lens. Season two will open up some interesting and surprising relationship avenues.”
Outside of Emily’s love life, season two will hopefully see Emily develop her friendship with Mindy – at the end of season one, we saw the pair move in together after Mindy was fired from her au pair job for following her dreams and moonlighting at a drag bar.
Basically, there’s a lot to cover!
Who will star in Emily In Paris season 2?
If the teaser clip Netflix posted to their Twitter account is anything to go by, we’ll see all of Emily In Paris’ main characters returning for season two. That means the likes of Lily Collins (Emily Cooper), Ashley Park (Mindy Chen), Lucas Bravo (Gabriel), Camille Razat (Camille), William Abadie (Antoine Lambert), Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu (Sylvie), Samuel Arnold (Julien) and Bruno Gouery (Luc) will all be returning.
And of course, as we mentioned above, we’ll be getting some new additions to the cast in the form of Lucien Laviscount, Jeremy O’Harris and Arnaud Binard.
Is there a trailer for Emily In Paris season 2?
Not yet, but you can watch the teaser clip Netflix posted on their official Twitter account above.
When will Emily In Paris season 2 be released?
As sad as it is to admit, it’s likely we’ll be waiting quite a while to see Emily In Paris season two gracing our screens.
Because Emily In Paris is a show which needs to be shot on-location (Emily On A TV Set In Los Angeles doesn’t quite have the same ring to it), the cast and crew had to navigate the ever-changing coronavirus situation in order to be able to film, so the show only just started filming at the beginning of May.
If the schedule for season one is anything to go by, this means we’re likely to see season two hit our screens at the earliest in late 2021 or early 2022 – there were 14 months between the start of filming on season one and when it landed on Netflix.
Emily In Paris season one is available to watch on Netflix.
As Stylist’s junior digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.