The Devil Wears Prada’s Anne Hathaway reveals that she was the ninth choice for the role of Andy Sachs in the film she starred in opposite Meryl Streep.

Anne Hathaway says she was the ninth choice for the role of Andrea “Andy” Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada. By now, Meryl Streep’s movie is a legend. The 2006 film showed a new side to Streep and introduced the world to Emily Blunt, but Hathaway’s performance was arguably first and center. Andy from Hathaway is a newcomer to the fashion industry when he starts working at Runway Magazine, a publication headed by Miranda Priestly of Streep.

The Devil Wears Prada It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger. The novel itself is also part of an autobiography, chronicling Weisberger’s time as an assistant to legendary fashion editor Anna Wintour, who directs fashion for this day. The Devil Wears Prada It was well received by critics for its incisive look at the Manhattan fashion world and has become a true classic. To this day, many enjoy reviewing the film and citing its countless iconic lines. However, according to Hathaway, the movie could have looked very different.

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Appearing in RuPaul’s Drag Race (via harper’s bazaar), Hathaway said it wasn’t originally Andy’s first pick. Instead, the actress revealed that it was the ninth choice for the film:

I’ll give you tea: I was the ninth choice for The Devil Wears Prada. But I got it! Hold on, never give up.

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Hathaway had stiff competition. While it is unknown who else was considered for the role, the studio’s first choice was Rachel McAdams. McAdams was fresh out The notebook Y Bad Girls when he was offered the role of Andy, but the actress turned it down. Whoever was between McAdams and Hathaway either rejected it or it just didn’t work out – a twist of fate that seems meant to be. Hathaway is perfect on paper and it’s hard to imagine. The Devil Wears Prada without her.

While Hathaway had been a leading actress for some time before The Devil Wears Prada, the film helped launch her to a new level of stardom. Watching Hathaway defend himself against Streep proved his acting skills more than any other job he had yet to take on. Similarly, her transformation from clumsy newcomer to fashion icon in the film is one that mirrors her debut role as Mia Thermopolis in The princess’s Diary. It’s safe to say that Hathaway was destined for the role of Andy, and The Devil Wears Prada it is much better for its performance.

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Source: RuPaul’s Drag Race (via harper’s bazaar)

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