Culture shock

The stars of Bravo’s Real Girlfriends in Paris reveal America’s biggest culture shock: “Foreskin!”

Bravo says Bonjour à Paris in its latest international reality series.

Real Girlfriends in Paris sees six American expats – Anya Firestone, Emily Gorelik, Margaux Lignel, Kacey Margo, Adja Toure and Victoria Zito – working, living and loving in the City of Light.

In an exclusive chat with DailyMail.com, stars Anya and Emily opened up about the first season and revealed the NSFW shock they didn’t expect when they moved to Paris.

Good morning!  In an exclusive chat with DailyMail.com, Real Girlfriends in Paris stars Anya and Emily reflected on the first season and revealed the NSFW shock they never expected when they moved to Paris.

Good morning! In an exclusive chat with DailyMail.com, Real Girlfriends in Paris stars Anya and Emily reflected on the first season and revealed the NSFW shock they never expected when they moved to Paris (LR Anya Firestone, Emily Gorelik)

Real Girlfriends in Paris will give an unparalleled look at what it’s really like for young American women living abroad in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Castmates Emily and Anya promise the series won’t be your friend’s Instagrammable Paris vacation, or the mayhem of Real Housewives.

“It’s a different kind of reality show in that it’s actually real,” says Anya Firestone.

“I’m very happy that my family and my friends see what I’m doing here in Paris,” adds Emily Gorelik.

New: Real Girlfriends in Paris sees six American expats - Anya Firestone, Emily Gorelik, Margaux Lignel, Kacey Margo, Adja Toure and Victoria Zito - working, living and loving in the City of Light

New: Real Girlfriends in Paris sees six American expats – Anya Firestone, Emily Gorelik, Margaux Lignel, Kacey Margo, Adja Toure and Victoria Zito – working, living and loving in the City of Light

Yes yes!  Castmates Emily and Anya promise the series won't be your friend's Instagrammable Parisian vacation, nor the chaos of Real Housewives

Yes yes! Castmates Emily and Anya promise the series won’t be your friend’s Instagrammable Parisian vacation, nor the chaos of Real Housewives

“There’s a whole stereotype about me on social media,” she continues. “Living her best life, like living on vacation for the past few years in Paris…I think the show gives me more depth and shows what I’m actually doing.”

Anya appears in the first season of Real Girlfriends in Paris as the de facto leader of the group — much like an impeccably dressed big sister who’s there to dispense wisdom on everything from beautiful French artwork to fine French cheese.

A born and raised New Yorker, Anya has totally immersed herself in Parisian culture and has even found herself a fantastic French fiancé, Mathieu.

“I don’t miss America,” she jokes.

Styled head to toe, Anya doesn’t seem one to be caught embracing the American custom of grabbing your morning Starbucks in sweatpants — and she seems sure her girlfriends wouldn’t either.

“There’s a whole stereotype about me on social media,” she continues. “Living her best life, like living on vacation for the past few years in Paris…I think the show gives me more depth and shows what I’m actually doing.”

Paris at its best: Anya emerges in the first season of Real Girlfriends in Paris as the de facto leader of the group - much like an impeccably dressed big sister who's there to dispense wisdom on everything from beautiful French artwork with fine French cheeses

Paris at its best: Anya emerges in the first season of Real Girlfriends in Paris as the de facto leader of the group – much like an impeccably dressed big sister who’s there to dispense wisdom on everything from beautiful French artwork with fine French cheeses

However, to become one with the Parisian culture, it took some time for the two girls to get used to it. As for the biggest culture shock? “Foreskin,” Anya blurts out.

‘It’s really true!’ Emily enthusiastically agrees through a fit of laughter. “Especially for two Jewish girls”.

Gorelik, a real Emily in Paris, has lived in France for three years and came to the country through a study abroad program at NYU.

She admits the language barrier is her biggest struggle: “It’s the thing I still struggle with today. After a few drinks, it definitely clicks.

Besides the expected issues with language and cultural barriers, the cast will deal with learning how to be vulnerable when it comes to love and lust in front of the cameras.

However, to become one with the Parisian culture, it took some time for the two girls to get used to it.  As for the biggest culture shock?

However, to become one with the Parisian culture, it took some time for the two girls to get used to it. As for the biggest culture shock? “Foreskin”, loose Anya

Parisians “enjoy the pleasures” of life, Anya explained. “The city prides itself on its culture – it’s like ‘well, that’s how it is’ – sometimes it’s lovely and sometimes it’s really tough.”

Anya teases that some tension is cropping up this season with her fiancé’s attempt to change careers. The quest proves difficult in Paris where there is far less of the “hustle” mentality that American work culture embraces.

“It’s something I’m proud to share,” Emily says of the show. “Not everyone can do what I – or what most of us girls have done – which is to have [it] in you to pick up or make the decision to say ‘Hey, I’m going to double up, I’m going to make this my home, whatever it takes.’

Real Girlfriends in Paris premieres Monday, Sept. 5 at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Plug In: Real Girlfriends in Paris premieres Monday, Sept. 5 at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT

Plug In: Real Girlfriends in Paris premieres Monday, Sept. 5 at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT