The Devil Wears Prada turns 10 this week, and to celebrate, Variety has an in-depth profile full of awesome quotes and profiles from the cast and production team. It’s a great read, whether you’re a fan or have never seen the movie. (THERE ARE NO OTHER OPTIONS.) Here are six stand-out tidbits.
Streep, the first and only choice for the role of Miranda Priestly, almost walked away over money.
“The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project,” Streep tells Variety. “There was my ‘goodbye moment,’ and then they doubled the offer. I was 55, and I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf.”
Rachel McAdams turned down the Andy role. A lot.
For anyone who’s spent time wondering why Rachel McAdams never skyrocketed to the superstar status she SO CLEARLY DESERVED, this might be why. She reportedly turned down the lead role in TDWP, repeatedly, because she wanted to move away from “mainstream” movies. Which is respectable, of course, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all still want more for her.
Despite obvious evidence to the contrary, Streep says her performance wasn’t inspired by Anna Wintour, but by a bunch of dudes.
“The voice I got from Clint Eastwood,” Streep says. “He never, ever, ever raises his voice and everyone has to lean in to listen, and he is automatically the most powerful person in the room. But he is not funny. That I stole from Mike Nichols. The way the cruelest cutting remark, if it is delivered with a tiny self-amused curlicue of irony, is the most effective instruction, the most memorable correction, because everyone laughs, even the target. The walk, I’m afraid, is mine.”
Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci are actual family now.
The two bonded during filming, to the extent that Tucci was invited to Blunt’s wedding, where he met her sister, whom he then married.
The women took some liberties with their roles.
The original Emily was supposed to be American, but Emily Blunt read at her audition in “a stern British accent,” and, well, you’ve heard Emily Blunt talk. It’s perfect.
As for Miranda Priestly, “a hush fell over the room” during the first read-through as soon as Streep spoke her first line.
“I think we all had an idea of what Miranda would sound like,” Hathaway says. “It was a strident, bossy, barking voice. So when Meryl opened her mouth and basically whispered, everybody in the room drew a collective gasp. It was so unexpected and brilliant.”
Meryl Streep is responsible for her last line of the movie.
She had the idea to change her last line from “Everybody wants to be me” to “Everybody wants to be us.”