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.