Talking Emily in Paris With Actress Ashley Park

If you could have taken home one look of Mindy’s, which one would it be and why? 

The reptile look, the red dress, and the yellow suit are so good, but you know what it is? It has to be the plaid suit that’s all cut up because that’s one of the ones that Patricia was like, “Okay, I have this idea.” It was originally a little boy’s suit, and she and Marylin Fitoussi, our amazing costume designer, just basically cut it up. It was one of the biggest projects of the show, because a lot of [the other looks] were pieces that already existed that we would tailor. When Patricia first described it, I was like, “I do not understand how it’s going to be a halter with the shoulders out and the shirt, but okay, let’s try it.” I would keep that outfit because I feel like I could wear it a lot and with lots of different stuff under it, especially with the Dior boots with it, too. That was a scene where we ran all around the city, and my feet did not get sore, so I loved those boots, because they are Dior, but they are also very practical and go with a lot of stuff. 

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

Oh my gosh! I honestly also can’t believe that all of the designers were Asian. That was so cool. I’m really really proud of that and so happy that Lauren [Eggertsen] did that.

Prior to Emily in Paris, you starred as Gretchen Wieners in the 2018 Broadway production of Mean Girls. Yet another project with a fun wardrobe. I’m sensing a theme… 

First of all, you need to know what I love about Mindy, too, is she is a nanny who wears stilettos. It was so funny. [The crew] would be like, “Do you need your slippers for when we’re walking to set or anything like that?” and I was like, “You people do not understand. I jumped and did cardio dance and high kicks in stilettos eight times a week on Broadway for over a year.” The blisters on my feet are so hardened that walking and standing in these stilettos is such a breeze! 

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