whizzterical (winx) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

An Oral History of The Devil Wears Prada by Entertainment Weekly

It's been 15 years since Andy wore the Chanel boots to work and Entertainment Weekly has gifted us with an oral history with the cast and team of The Devil Wears Prada

Highlights include:

— Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close and Catherine Zeta-Jones were all considered for the role of Miranda Priestly.

— Rachel McAdams was offered the role of Andy three times at the behest of the studio but had no interested. Anne Hathaway campaigned hard for the role going so far as to write "Hire Me" in Fox executive Carla Hacken's zen garden following a meeting.

— It was hard to get fashion designers onboard with appearing in the film due to the spectre of Anna Wintour hanging over production and  fear of her blackballing anyone who appeared to have slighted her.

— After a production designer managed to sneak into her office at Vogue to recreate it on film, Wintour reportedly redecorated her office immediately after the film was released.

— Anna Wintour attended the first screening in NYC wearing Prada. However, when she and David Frankel met at a tennis tournament in Miami, upon introducing himself as the director of The Devil Wears Prada, she removed her hand from his handshake.

To finish, one of the stand-out quotes of the piece from Meryl Streep, if only because it references Space Mom Carrie Fisher (Z"L):

 Absolute power corrupts absolutely…. I liked that there wasn't any backing away from the horrible parts of her, and the real scary parts of her had to do with the fact that she didn't try to ingratiate, which is always the female emollient in any situation where you want your way - what my friend Carrie Fisher used to call "the squeezy and tilty" of it all. [Miranda] didn't do any of that.

ONTD, what was the most demanding workplace you've worked in?


Tags: anne hathaway, fashion, meryl streep

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