Ashley Park Brings Her Broadway Background and Fashion Sense to Emily in Paris

The key to surviving when you suddenly move to another country — at least in the new Darren Star Netflix rom-com Emily in Paris is to quickly find a sassy expatriate to school you in the language and make lots of sex jokes. Lily Collins’s midwestern social-media maven, Emily, happens to find that person in Mindy, a young Chinese-Korean woman who grew up partly in the U.S., fled a life of privilege, and spends her time as an au pair yelling at children in parks. She’s played by Ashley Park, a Broadway veteran who has been in everything from Mean Girls to The King and I. On the show, she gets to gallivant around Paris in fashions partly inspired by her own taste, and she shows off some of her singing talent as we learn about Mindy’s reality-competition backstory. Park caught Vulture up over Zoom to talk about

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Ashley Park Brings Broadway Background to ‘Emily in Paris’

Ashley Park.
Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

The key to surviving when you suddenly move to another country — at least in the new Darren Star Netflix rom-com Emily in Paris is to quickly find a sassy expatriate to school you in the language and make lots of sex jokes. Lily Collins’s midwestern social-media maven, Emily, happens to find that person in Mindy, a young Chinese-Korean woman who grew up partly in the U.S., fled a life of privilege, and spends her time as an au pair yelling at children in parks. She’s played by Ashley Park, a Broadway veteran who has been in everything from Mean Girls to The King and I. On the show, she gets to gallivant around Paris in fashions partly inspired by her own taste, and she shows off some of her singing talent as we learn about Mindy’s reality-competition backstory. Park

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