It’s been 10 years since The Devil Wears Prada graced our screens for the first time. (Yes, we know, where did the time go?)
The movie – based on Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling novel of the same name – gave audiences a dramatised insight into the glamorous world of fashion magazines. Meryl Streep said that she knew The Devil Wears Prada was going to be a box-office hit the moment she read the script, and boy was she right.
Some of the film’s quotes are now firmly cemented into pop culture history. Streep’s character Miranda Priestly was the queen of one-liners including, “That’s all” and “Please bore someone else with your questions.” An honourable mention also goes to her first assistant Emily, who famously told Andy, “Oh I’m sorry, do you have some prior commitment? Some hideous skirt convention you have to go to?”
To celebrate this 10-year milestone, the cast and crew have divulged some of the juicy details about what went on behind the scenes.
1 Meryl Streep nearly turned down the role of Miranda Priestly after being offered a slightly ‘insulting’ salary
Streep learnt the art of salary negotiation at the ripe old age of 55. (Better late than never, we say.) Initially, she was unimpressed by the salary she was offered. She told Variety, “The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project.”
So she walked. “There was my ‘goodbye moment,’ and then they doubled the offer,” Streep said. “I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf.”
2 Anne Hathaway wasn’t the first choice for Andy
We couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the role of Priestley’s second assistant Andy Sachs… but it turns out that she wasn’t the first pick for the role.
Fox had their heart set on Rachel McAdams for the role. However, McAdams wasn’t interested and turned them down multiple times.
3 That ‘cerulean’ scene nearly didn’t happen
You know that *iconic* moment in the film, where Priestly schools Andy on her cerulean sweater? Well, we have Meryl Streep to thank for that.
Streep’s monologue went a little like this: “You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select... I don't know... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean.”
Initially, her character only delivered a few lines to belittle her Andy’s fashion knowledge, but Streep wanted the scene to express how seriously Priestly took her job.
Priestly continued, “That blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”
4 The character of Emily was meant to be American
Well that is… until Emily Blunt auditioned!
Blunt - who had been hanging around the Fox lot for callbacks on another big studio blockbuster - submitted a last minute audition for the role of Priestly’s first assistant Emily. While the character was meant to be American, Blunt read the lines in her British accent… and the rest, as they say, is history.
5 They didn’t have anyone to play Nigel until 72 HOURS BEFORE FILMING
Yep, 72 hours! We’re getting anxiety just thinking about the casting director’s stress levels in the days leading up to Stanley Tucci’s audition. Fortunately, Tucci was the *perfect* fit for the role and signed his contract a mere 72 hours before he was due to appear on set.