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Meryl Streep talks about her iconic role in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

The actress revealed the struggle she faced while playing the cold and surly Miranda Priestly.
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Film and fashion have always intersected, but never have the two been so intertwined as they were in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.

Meryl Streep's iconic portrayal of the domineering magazine editor Miranda Priestly defined the fashion industry for years, seemingly confirming decades-old stereotypes about its cutthroat and superficial nature.

To celebrate the film's 15th anniversary, the cast reunited to reminisce on their characters and share several behind-the-scenes tidbits unknown to the audience. While hindsight has allowed viewers to look at the film through a new lens (Emily was obviously the true victim, right?), Streep's retrospective take on the film is nowhere near as complimentary.

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“It was horrible! I was miserable in my trailer,” the actress explained to Entertainment Weekly. “I could hear [the cast and crew] all rocking and laughing. I was so depressed! I said, ‘Well, it’s the price you pay for being boss’.”

She added, "That’s the last time I ever attempted a Method [acting] thing!"

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The film starred Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and more as the fictional fashion magazine Runway employees, while Entourage actor Adrian Grenier played the protagonist Andy's (Hathaway) boyfriend. However, during the reunion, director David Frankel recalled the studio's insistence that Rachel McAdams play the lead.

Hathaway has mentioned in previous interviews that she was actually the ninth choice the take on the role.

Frankel explained that it was actually Streep who advocated for the young actress after seeing her performance in Brokeback Mountain. He said, "Meryl watched that scene from [Brokeback Mountain], she met with her and called up [the Fox chairman Tom Rothman] and said, ‘Yeah, this girl’s great, and I think we’ll work well together.'”

 

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