Talking Emily in Paris With Actress Ashley Park

If you could have brought home a look from Mindy, which one would you choose and why?

The reptile look, the red dress and the yellow costume are so good, but you know what it is? It must be the plaid suit that’s all cut out because it’s one of the ones Patricia used to say, “Okay, I have that idea.” It was originally a little boy’s costume, and she and Marylin Fitoussi, our amazing costume designer, simply cut it. It was one of the biggest projects of the series, because a lot of [the other looks] were pieces that already existed that we were going to adapt. When Patricia first described it, I thought to myself, “I don’t understand how it’s going to be a halter with the shoulders and the shirt, but okay, let’s try. I would keep this outfit because I feel like I could wear it a lot and with a lot of different things underneath, especially with the Dior boots with it too. It was a scene where we ran all over town, and my feet didn’t hurt, so I loved these boots, because they’re Dior, but they’re also super practical and go with a lot of things.

The fashion for the show was so good that we obviously had to bring it for our shoot.

Oh my God! Honestly, I also can’t believe all of the designers were Asian. It was so cool. I am really very proud of this and so happy that Lauren [Eggertsen] Do it.

Prior to Emily in Paris, you starred as Gretchen Wieners in the 2018 Broadway production of Bad girls. Yet another project with a fun wardrobe. I feel a theme …

First of all you should know what I love about Mindy too is that she is a nanny who wears stiletto heels. It was so funny. [The crew] would be like, “Do you need your slippers when we walk to bed or something like that? And I was like, “You don’t understand. I jumped and did cardio dancing and stiletto heel kicks eight times a week on Broadway for over a year. The blisters on my feet are so hard that walking and standing in these stilettos is a cinch!

I love the costumes so much. Coming from the world of theater, when you discover a character’s costumes, that character and his physicality come to life. It’s also the first thing the public tends to see. So I love to see how we can communicate different parts of the character and how that character feels and what he does to the audience first. And I think that’s totally the case with Mindy and Emily, too. Their outfits convey an atmosphere. You know exactly what time it is or how they were feeling that morning. We all dress like this.

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