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One of Wednesday’s biggest Golden Globe surprises may have come in the two nominations awarded to Netflix’s Emily in Paris, for both best TV series, musical or comedy, and best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy, for star Lily Collins.
Collins, a producer on the Darren Star series about an American girl in France, working at a marketing firm, is also celebrating the six nominations (leading the film categories) for Mank, in which she co-stars. Following the morning’s big announcement, Collins talked to The Hollywood Reporter about being recognized for her first comedic role, bowing down to Catherine O’Hara and celebrating a virtual Globes night.
What were you doing when you heard, were you awake?
I was asleep and then I woke up and had so many messages and so many phone calls. I was deeply confused and so excited, and I’m just so over the moon.
What does this nomination mean to you?
I’m just so proud that this show was nominated. It’s my first producing credit so I feel really excited to be a part of something that is acknowledged in that way, as well as playing a character that provided people with so many laughs and smiles during this really trying time for the world. It’s honestly the greatest gift to play a character that can do that for myself, as well as people watching. I just feel like the show in a lot of ways reminded us what fun felt like during a time when we were all craving that and a sense of escapism. It’s just really special because the result of the show seemed to bring so much joy. We didn’t know when we were making it, obviously, when it would come out and what state the world would be in, but it’s icing on top of the cake to be able to be a part of something that gets acknowledged for doing something like that. I’m just truly excited.
This is always a pretty tough category and you hadn’t been nominated for the show before. Were you surprised or had you felt confident going in?
To be honest, I was looking at it from the perspective of, “It would be so incredible but I’m not thinking it’s going to go one way or the other.” I didn’t set my alarm, I was like, “if it happens, great. If not, that’s great, too.” I got to be a part of this show, we get to go back for season two, it doesn’t take away from any of the joy and excitement. The women that I’m nominated alongside have made me laugh during the last year and comedy is so important and so something that I’ve wanted to dive deeper into over the years and never really gotten the chance. To be acknowledged for comedy, that’s huge for me because I just never expected that. Usually I do quite emotionally driven darker things, which I love, but to have this first kind of foray into comedy and to be able to be a part of a group — I mean, come on, Schitt’s Creek, I cried when that ended. To be alongside Catherine O’Hara, who made me cry with laughter and helped me get through the last 12 months in a lot of ways with her show — what an iconic group of women to be a part of I truly am just so honored.
I’m really proud of the show and I’m so proud of my Mank family. Between the two, being able to be a part of two Netflix films that are polar opposites — black and white and a world full of color. I’m so excited for David [Fincher] and Gary [Oldman] and Amanda [Seyfried] and the movie, I’m just so excited. It’s truly a wonderful, wonderful honor and I’m so grateful to the HFPA.
The Golden Globes are obviously going to be very different this year; what are you going to miss most and what’s the best part of celebrating from home?
It’s bittersweet. It’s usually such a fun party time there and getting to see people that you hardly ever see outside of some of these events sometimes because everyone’s schedules are so crazy and the energy in the room. Just being there among everyone is so fun, and you can feed off of that energy. Everything is very different this year and obviously it’s about safety and health and the priorities. But I’m going to miss seeing friendly faces and being able to celebrate with the cast and crew of both projects. Bittersweet to not be able to be with them but for Emily, season two is fast approaching, hopefully, so we’ll be reunited soon. I think there’s going to be a lot of FaceTimes on the night, a lot of virtual hangs, a lot of texting chains. Thank God for our many devices because I think they’ll be in hot use that night.
Interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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