Lily CollinsEmily Cooper might not be for everyone.

Since thenEmily in Paris debuted on Netflix in 2020, the binge-worthy series has sparked debate amongst fans and critics alike—particularly when it comes to Collins’ character as a chic 20-something marketing exec from Chicago who gets whisked away to Paris for a job.

In her cover story Nylon published on Thursday, Oct. 28, Collins addressed criticism against the stylish social media maven, acknowledging that while Emily’s personality may be deemed “annoying” by some, her quirks are what make her a genuine figure. 

“A lot of Emily’s qualities, if you put these on paper, would seem so irritating,” explained the actress.

She continued, “To have someone be optimistic, bright and bubbly—it’s sad to think that people would look and go, ‘That’s a lot.’ They’re such beautiful qualities, and the fact that she can partner that with being vulnerable and asking for help and making mistakes—she’s not infallible.”