Life imitating art. Eden Morrissey, a teen from the United Kingdom, was down in the dumps when she went through a breakup in the summer of 2020. So she did what any sane woman would do — she quit her job and moved to Paris!
Morrissey, 19, is now living a life reminiscent of Netflix’s lighthearted series “Emily in Paris.” She spoke to the Daily Mail about how she gained 100,000 online followers after she began posting her daily adventures in the City of Lights after fleeing her hometown of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
She explained that she knew no one in the city upon her arrival in October 2020. However, she managed to make friends and even began dating someone new. She also scored a job working as an au pair in the French capital.
“I was working for Laura Mercier at the time and had a plan to stay with them and work my way up, because I really liked my brand. But by September 2020, I became exhausted by the restrictions caused by the pandemic and ended up just stacking shelves rather than doing my job,” Morrissey said.
She continued, “I also went through a breakup which was the catalyst in me moving away, and one day, I went to my sister’s house and started crying to her, and she jokingly suggested I should go somewhere new like Paris.”
She also revealed that, in the beginning, her parents were not too keen on the idea of their daughter moving to another country. Morrissey added that her job as an au pair includes looking after a couple’s young daughter, picking her up from school, cooking for her and helping her learn English.
“It’s matured me massively. I wouldn’t have grown up this quickly if I had stayed in the UK, because I threw myself out of my comfort zone completely,” she said.
“Emily in Paris” follows Lily Collins as the title character as she moves away from Chicago to the city of pain au chocolat and Bordeaux for a new job, new friends and a new beau.
Emily Jackson, a 28-year-old North Carolina native, is also epitomizing the series in her own life. “Not only do I share the name and career of the main character, but much of the plot resonates with me,” Jackson told The Post in October 2020. “There’s a lot of clichés but some truths.” She has lived in France for six years, summing it up as “beautiful, difficult and worth it.”