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Anne Hathaway: She was ninth choice for “The Devil Wears Prada” role

Anne Hathaway
She was ninth choice for “The Devil Wears Prada” role

Anne Hathaway (left) and Meryl Streep in "The devil Wears Prada".

Anne Hathaway (left) and Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”.

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Anne Hathaway shone alongside Meryl Streep in 2006. Her chances of getting the “The Devil Wears Prada” role were extremely poor.

Anne Hathaway (38) can look back on a glorious film career. In her early years she was in front of the camera for successful productions such as “Suddenly Princess” or “Brokeback Mountain”. In 2006, the drama comedy “The Devil Wears Prada” should join in. The fact that Hathaway was hired to play the clumsy assistant Andy Sachs at all borders on a miracle.

How doggedly fought for the role

On Friday (February 19), the Oscar winner chatted from the sewing box. She was a virtual guest on the TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and encouraged the participants. When she was asked by one of the drag queens whether she had ever had to fight “tooth and nail” for a role, Hathaway replied, visibly amused: “How much time do you have?”

A brief anecdote followed. “I was the ninth choice for ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. But I did it,” Hathaway told the candidates and at the same time had some good advice ready for them: “Hold on, never give up.” The British “Daily Mail” published the excerpt.

Successful adaptation of the novel

“The Devil Wears Prada” is based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger (43) from 2003. In the film, Hathaway can be seen as the initially unpresentable assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep, 71), editor-in-chief of a prestigious fashion magazine. Juliette Lewis (47) and Claire Danes (41) are also said to have auditioned for the role at the time. Rachel McAdams (42, “Like a single day”), the first choice of those responsible for casting, turned down the role offer.


Arjun Sethi
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