Anne Hathaway is looking back at the moment she found out she scored the lead role in The Devil Wears Prada! The cast and crew of the iconic comedy recently talked to Entertainment Weekly in honour of it being 15 years since the movie's release, reflecting on the experience!
Hathaway's role was first offered to Rachel McAdams
Hathaway's portrayal of "Andy Sachs" in The Devil Wears Prada is one of her most well-known roles, so it's surprising that the filmmakers originally had a very different actress in mind! Rachel McAdams was first courted for the role— but fortunately for Hathaway, she wasn't interested.
The film's director, David Frankel, explained that McAdams had received three offers from the studio to star in The Devil Wears Prada. However, she kept turning them down. "The studio was determined to have her," he said of McAdams, "and she was determined not to do it."
Hathaway says she screamed in her apartment after getting cast
Hathaway, on the other hand, was convinced she'd found her next exciting project after reading the script for The Devil Wears Prada. "It spoke to me. It made me feel," she said, explaining how she loved the film's "joyful and lighthearted" approach to the fashion world.
Elizabeth Gabler— who was the president of Fox 2000 when the film was made— shared that Hathaway "never stopped campaigning" to play "Andy". The actress even got creative, as Gabler shared Hathaway "came into [Fox executive] Carla Hacken's office and wrote in her zen garden, 'Hire me.'" Fortunately, her determination paid off, and she got the call she'd been hoping for!
"I remember the moment I found out I got the part, I just ran screaming through my apartment," Hathaway said, calling it "the easiest yes in the world." While she had friends over, she couldn't contain her excitement about being in The Devil Wears Prada. We're glad Hathaway got the role, since we can't imagine anyone else as "Andy"!