Earlier this week, Emily In Paris star Lily Collins caused quite the scandal in an interview with British Vogue, when asked about the age of her character.
This is a subject that’s never explicitly discussed in the show – all we know is that Emily is a “twenty-something” working in social media – so it’s open to interpretation.
“I don’t believe we’ve ever given her a specific ‘number’ for her age, but I believe that she’s pretty fresh out of college … Maybe this is her first year after graduation. I want to say she’s like, 22-ish.”
Now, while this is a fairly trifling issue to be concerned with when there’s so much else going on in the world, the internet was still thrown into a state of disarray by this.
The maths didn’t add up – how could Emily, at 22, have graduated college and accrued the necessary experience to move up to a mid-level marketing job and get a transfer to Paris?
It all became so much that Lily Collins herself finally weighed in, taking to her Instagram stories to admit that maaaaaaybe she got it wrong.
Alongside a GIF of a judgemental Emily, she wrote:
“Emily looking at me when I get her age wrong – sorry girl. You might not be 22 but I gotta say, you do act like it sometimes!!!”
Lily Collins’ Emily In Paris co-star Lucas Bravo, aka the cute chef, was also asked about the character’s age, and he gave a more realistic estimate, telling The Rundown:
“I would say she’s probably 24. Something happens after 26 where women start exploring … in terms of personality. I feel like she’s still very strong willed and she has certainties, but yeah I would say [that she is] around 24.”