This is surprising.

Lily Collins is opening up about her character in Emily in Parisrevealing things we didn't even know were questionable. Namely the fact that Emily is supposed to be 22???

In an interview with  British Vogue, Collins explained, "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."

She added,  "She’s had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss. She’s a smart cookie and really innovative – and this is not her first rodeo doing what she does. She’s gone to school for this, and she’s completed internships."

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Of course, the character is controversial in a lot of ways. We even asked a bunch of social media editors about her questionable social media growth and they agreed, it's pretty outlandish. But her age versus her experience and opportunity was not the conversation we expected to see this week, but here we are.

Collins did admit, however, that Emily is not the most cultured character and that's where her struggle fitting in comes from.  "Basically, she’s always kind of been a big fish in a small pond – and then suddenly in Paris she’s a fish out of water. If she had gone to a different company in Chicago, she would have been taken seriously – but in Paris, she’s not prepared for the cultural shift that she experiences at Savoir. Her only real experience of Europe is through movies and TV," she explained.