Anne Hathaway wasn’t always a shoo-in to star in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

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Anne Hathaway almost didn’t star alongside Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, the film based on Lauren Weisberger’s novel of the same name. Even though it’s now hard to imagine anyone else playing the role of Andy, assistant to the extremely demanding fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly, actress Rachel McAdams was actually offered the role first, but turned it down multiple times, according to Variety.

Anne, who grew up in Millburn, explained that she had to go through a period of waiting before finding out she got the part. “I didn’t have to audition. I had to be patient. I wasn’t the first choice,” she said. Of the momentous phone call from her agent, she recalled, “I was putting on a shirt. I had some buddies over. I remember running out in my living room, half dressed, screaming—I got The Devil Wears Prada! I got The Devil Wears Prada!”

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Anne said that part of the reason viewers loved Prada was that bad bosses are ubiquitous. “Everybody has had an experience like this,” she commented.

Watch the trailer and a scene where Andy gets a burst of inspiration.