Emily in Paris fans think Sylvie is 'the only reason to watch' the show — here's why

Sylvie in Emily in Paris. Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie Grateau in episode 308 of Emily in Paris.
Sylvie in Emily in Paris. (Image credit: MARIE ETCHEGOYEN/NETFLIX)

The series is known for being so bad it's good but Sylvie in Emily in Paris is getting props from fans for inspiring more pleasure than guilt when watching the Netflix hit.

Emily in Paris season 3, which debuted on the streaming platform on Wednesday, December 21, saw much change for Sylvie Grateau (played by Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), the former Savoir executive who resigned from the agency during the Emily in Paris season 2 ending to kickstart her own boutique marketing firm, Agence Grateau, alongside faithful employees Luc (Bruno Gouery) and Julien (Samuel Arnold). 

There are frustrations with starting a company from the ground up—the agency is operating out of Sylvie's own apartment for the bulk of the season and Sylvie gets into a bit of career hot water with the luxury brand conglomerate JVMA (“I just made an enemy of the most powerful family in fashion," she says in episode 8)—but for the most part, her new venture is a professional success. 

What's a little dicier, however, is Sylvie's love life in season 3, as the effortlessly chic Parisian finds herself in a love triangle to rival the one Emily (Lily Collins), Gabriel (Lucas Bravo) and Camille (Camille Razat) have been entangled in since the start of the series. 

At the beginning of the third season, Sylvie is still involved with Erik (Søren Bregendal), the amateur photographer from Emily in Paris season 2, but things get complicated by the fact that Sylvie is technically still married to Laurent (Arnaud Binard), who makes frequent appearances in Sylvie's life, much to Erik's chagrin. 

A successful new business, multiple men fawning over her and a closet full of impeccable French fashions? It's no surprise why fans are obsessed with Sylvie.

Fans praise Sylvie in Emily in Paris season 3:

"I like her sassiness. I like her 'I take no BS' kind of thing. I like her vulnerability. I like that she is a boss, but she’s not one color. She’s multifaceted. We are discovering that she’s so complex, and I really like that," Leroy-Beaulieu said of her character to WWD (opens in new tab).

And Emily in Paris viewers seem to agree wholeheartedly, based on the season 3 reactions floating around social media. "I watch Emily in Paris for one reason only and that is Sylvie Grateau," one Twitter user posted, with several others calling for the series to be renamed Sylvie in Paris...

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Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York. 


When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.