The Devil Wears Prada Reunion: 7 Things We Learned
Gird your loins! From Meryl's fight with the studio to who was originally supposed to play Andy, here are the 7 things we learned from The Devil Wears Prada's cast reunion.
1/7 Rachel McAdams Almost Played Andy
Director David Frankel revealed that Rachel McAdams was approached to play the role of Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada—three times. The studio was adamant that she should star in the role but McAdams refused the role over and over. Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway, having fallen in love with the script and predicting its popularity persistently pursued the part until it finally became hers. "It spoke to me. It made me feel. It was about a subject that I take very seriously, but in such a wonderfully joyful and lighthearted way," she said.
2/7 Miranda Priestly's Iconic White Hair
Miranda Priestly's white hair almost didn't come to be, according to costume designer Patricia Field. While both Field and Streep were excited about the idea, the studio was less so, imagining Priestly's hair to be grey. Streep, however, being the legend that she is, stood her ground and the studio eventually relented. "The first time Meryl was Miranda Priestly was a meeting with the head of the studio. Meryl channelled Miranda in that meeting, and there was no conversation about the hair; they looked into Meryl's eyes and never said a word," says director David Frankel. That's all!
3/7 Nigel Kipling's Famous Zinger
Outtakes revealed that Stanley Tucci––who starred as Runway Magazine's cynical art director Nigel Kipling––tried different versions of the zinger when Andy asked Nigel whether she'd fit into a beautiful black sample in the fashion closet. "With a bit of Crisco and a staple gun, we're in business" was what ended up in the film, but they could easily have been fishing wire and duct tape instead.
4/7 Emily Blunt Tweaked Her Script
When Emily Blunt was cast as Priestly's first assistant Emily Charlton, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna discovered how funny Blunt was and decided to work with her to add Britishisms into Charlton's dialogue. "There's something a bit more imperious that I thought'd be interesting.… It was appropriate for her, and something a bit more cutting about it that I found funny," said Blunt.
5/7 Gisele Bündchen Was Cast From A Plane
Several designers and industry icons were approached to appear in the film, but fearing Anna Wintour's disapproval, all declined, save for supermodel Gisele Bündchen whom screenwriter McKenna saw on the plane. Bündchen was hesitant at first but eventually agreed, under the condition that she played someone other than a model. She became immortalised as Priestly's leggy third assistant.
6/7 The Movie Made An Exact Replica of Anna Wintour's Office—On The Sly
In the hopes of making the film more realistic, the creators attempted to infiltrate the Vogue offices, and managed to do so with the help of production designer Jess Gonchor who snuck into Anna Wintour's office. "He was able to re-create the office so authentically that I was told Anna redecorated hers immediately after the movie came out," said Frankel.
7/7 Prada Saved The Wardrobe
Said Frankel: "There were [initially] no designers of note who would appear in the film. They just didn't want to incur the wrath of Anna. Some of them showed us their showrooms or gave us notes on the authenticity of the script; they just didn't want to participate. Initially, Pat had a hard time getting clothes out of a lot of the designers. I think it was Prada that helped her break the ice and said that Anna's not going to be upset." Wintour, who attended the premiere with her daughter Bee Shafer, also gamely wore Prada.