We're trying to forget that "Emily in Paris" was nominated at the Golden Globes. Yeah, everyone under the sun watched it, but everyone under the sun also...made fun of it. Plus, we can probably chalk its popularity up to quarantine. Just saying. But one good thing that came out of the nominations? Ashley Park.
Park, who plays Emily's first Parisian friend, Mindy, was easily the best part of the show -- well, besides Lucas Bravo, aka hunky neighbor/chef/Emily's occasional hookup Gabriel. Mindy's story actually gets its day in the sun a bit, as the Chinese (though Park is Korean) ex-pat gets over her past public humiliation and starts singing again. Park was a fun presence on an otherwise cringeworthy show.
Park was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at this past weekend's Critics' Choice Awards, and we were floored by her appearance. Playing the role of both presenter and nominee, Park showed up in a lime green Versace gown that deserves all the attention.
And she was no less impressive at the Golden Globes, appearing from home with her date, series creator Darren Star, wearing a Saint Laurent power-shoulder dress with insanely cool Roger Vivier sneakers.
The outfits are great, but we love what Park stands for, too. She made history at the Critics' Choice Awards by becoming the first Asian person ever to be nominated in her category.
She told Vogue, "When I found out, that hit me deeply, mostly because I was shocked -- while simultaneously not being surprised at all. I and other Asians grew up hardly seeing people who looked like us on screen, so I'm grateful to 'Emily in Paris' and to the critics for this inclusion."
Park also made a point to wear jewelry by Asian designers Anita Ko and Nam Cho with her Versace gown.
"Emily in Paris" marked Park's first role as a series regular, so if this insanity of a show gave us anything, we're glad it's her. And we'll see more of Mindy coming up: "In season 2, we’re excited that Mindy has moved into the apartment with Emily in the same building as Gabriel. There is sure a lot of fun to be had as Mindy starts to integrate with Emily's other worlds in Paris. There will be more fun music [too], now that she's an MC at the epic drag club." she said.
Park will also soon appear in a recurring role as Ashley on "Girls5eva," an upcoming Peacock series about the resurgence of a '90s girl group starring Sara Bareilles, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Busy Philipps and Paula Pell in the lead roles.