Rachel McAdams Turned Down Anne Hathaway's Role in The Devil Wears Prada 3 Times, Director Says
Before Anne Hathaway slipped into Andy Sachs' Chanel boots in The Devil Wears Prada, many vied for Rachel McAdams to star in the 2006 dramedy.
In a new Entertainment Weekly profile to mark the movie's upcoming 15th anniversary, director David Frankel revealed that McAdams, 42, had actually turned down the role three times before actually offering it to Hathaway, 38.
According to Frankel, Fox - the studio behind the film - wanted an established actress in 2000, and McAdams was her first choice at the time due to her success in The Notebook and Mean Girls.
“We started negotiating with Annie to get a deal and that didn't go well with the studio. … We offered it to Rachel McAdams three times, ”he recalls. "The studio was determined to have her and she was determined not to."
Other actresses - including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, and Kirsten Dunst - were even considered for the role, but Hathaway was adamant about getting it.
"It spoke to me. It made me feel. It was about an issue that I take very seriously, but in such a wonderfully joyful and carefree way," Hathaway told EW.
20th Century Fox / Kobal / Shutterstock Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada
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To convince the studio, Hathaway met executives and tirelessly promoted the role, even writing the words "hire me" in the Zen garden of then Fox 2000 Vice President Carla Hacken.
The studio began to think seriously about Hathaway after Meryl Streep - who almost never got cast on the film as vicious fashion editor Miranda Priestly - put in a good word for the actress.
"Meryl really wanted to do the film and said 'Let me meet her'. Brokeback Mountain should come out. Annie had a wonderful little part in it. And Meryl watched that scene from the movie, she met with her and called Tom Rothman at Fox and said, "Yeah, this girl is great, and I ... I think we're going to work well together," Frankel said .
When the studio finally offered her the role, Hathaway was more than thrilled.
"I waited patiently for my turn to get the call. It was the easiest yes in the world," she said. “I remember when I found out I got the part, I just ran around my apartment screaming. I had some friends back then, I just jumped up in the living room and shouted, 'I will' in The Devil Wears Prada! '"
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With Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt, The Devil Wears Prada grossed 326 million US dollars worldwide and helped Streep to her 12th Oscar nomination.
Considering her own iconic role, Streep, 71, told EW that she tried to play the icy priest - something she didn't enjoy in real life.
"It was terrible! I was [miserable] in my trailer. I could hear them all rocking and laughing. I was so depressed! I said, 'Well, that's the price you pay to be boss!' ”The three-time Oscar winner recalls. "This is the last time I'll ever try a Method thing!"
Everett (left to right) Anne Hathaway, Meryl Steep and Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada
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While Hathaway felt "intimidated" on the set of Streep, "I always felt cared for," she said.
"I knew I appreciated whatever she was doing to create that fear because I also knew she was taking care of me. There's this scene where [she says], 'You're the same disappointing like the other fool girls, '"said Hathaway. "I remember when the camera turned me on, the pressure really got me and I had the day so fluid up to that point, but it just wasn't there anymore."
"I remember having the experience of watching [she] watch me and [she] changed [her] performance a little and just did it a little differently, getting more out of me and making me to break through every barrier I had, "she added.
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