The actress appeared on The Tonight Show in a glittering sheer suit and set the record straight.

By Isabel Jones
Dec 01, 2020 @ 10:16 am
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Netflix broke the internet last month when the streaming service’s Twitter account declared that we’ve been pronouncing the name of our latest binge-watch completely wrong.

“Friendly reminder Emily in Paris is supposed to be pronounced with a French accent so 'Emily' and 'Paris' rhyme,” Netflix tweeted.

Cue: croissants exploding in midair, millions frantically combing their store of ninth-grade geography knowledge for a city that rhymes with their own first name. (Isabel in New Rochelle.)

In fact, even Lily Collins, the woman behind Emily’s cherry red beret, was thrown for a loop.

"So here's the thing, when we were shooting it in Paris, we heard people referencing it as that more often,” Collins told host Jimmy Fallon during a virtual appearance on The Tonight Show. “Because we're in Paris and the accent. I was like, 'Oh yeah, it rhymes. That's cute.’"

But it didn’t quite stick. Collins said she “literally forgot about it” after she returned home when season 1 wrapped. "It was never like a big thing and then I felt like I was one with every single other person in the world that found that out the same day because I was like, 'Wait, have I been saying it wrong?’"

“So ... I'm Emily and I even was saying it wrong. So go figure," Collins said of the meta twist. "I feel like that's actually something Emily herself would be like, 'I guess I was part of the joke.’"

Collins, who’s currently doing press for her latest Netflix project, David Fincher’s Mank, appeared on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show in a glamorous sheer black Alexandre Vauthier suit with crystal-studded pinstripes. The actress and Lancôme brand ambassador wore her long dark hair straight and added pops of color to her look with a bright pale blue shadow and orange-red lip.