KEY POINTS

  • Lily Collins earlier said her "Emily in Paris" character is only 22 years old
  • The actress acknowledged that she got Emily's age "wrong"
  • Collins joked that Emily acts like she's 22 sometimes

Lily Collins poked fun at herself after incorrectly guessing her "Emily in Paris" character's age by sharing a meme on Instagram.

On Friday, Collins took to Instagram Story and shared a GIF of her character in the Netflix series, Emily Cooper, whom she recently said was in her early 20s.

"Emily looking at me when I get her age wrong [smile emoji] Sorry girl," she wrote in the post. "You might not be 22, but I gotta say, you do act like it sometimes!!!"

This post came after Collins said in a recent interview with British Vogue that Emily was just 22 years old. She said her character's age wasn’t written on the script, so the number she dropped during the interview was only based on her theory.

"I don’t believe we’ve ever given her a specific ‘number’ for her age, but I believe that she’s pretty fresh out of college," Collins said.

"Maybe this is her first year after graduation," she continued. "I want to say she’s like, 22-ish. She’s had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss."

Some fans immediately took to Twitter to correct Collins, saying that Emily is older than 22 because she had repeatedly said that she had a master's degree. From her wit and performance, many are convinced that Emily has years of experience in her job, the reason why she was sent to Paris to represent their company in the first place.

"Excuse me but Emily is supposed to be 22?! And get that job transfer to Paris fresh out of college? Alrighty then," a fan wrote.

"Honey she most certainly is NOT," Ira Madison III, host of "Keep It" podcast, wrote.

"Emily has a MASTER’S DEGREE she is not 22!!!! Lily Collins plz," he added. "'I got a master’s at 22!!!' Did you do that and then years of experience to be mid level at a marketing firm... or did not know anything about the show I’m referencing and you just felt the need to respond."

During the interview, Collins also had an explanation for Emily’s level of experience.

"She’s not the person who traveled during college. She was really, really focused on her jobs in the Midwest, and I don’t think she’s been abroad," she said.

She continued, "Basically, she’s always kind of been a big fish in a small pond — and then suddenly in Paris she’s a fish out of water. If she had gone to a different company in Chicago, she would have been taken seriously — but in Paris, she’s not prepared for the cultural shift that she experiences at Savoir."

Lily Collins Lily Collins, who is dressed in Givenchy Haute Couture, is pictured attending the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 10, 2019 in London. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images