The Devil Wears Prada is one of the most successful comedies in Hollywood history. The film grossed more than $326 million worldwide, and that was on a modest budget of just $41 million. This week marks the 10th anniversary of the film which starred Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and many other actors and actresses who have risen in fame over the last decade. Based on the 2003 best-selling novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger, the movie is dark, funny, and a great lesson for recent grads who are thinking about taking a job in a cutthroat industry. Here are some fun facts from behind-the-scenes of the hugely popular movie.
During filming, Stanley Tucci was working with Emily Blunt when he was introduced to her sister. The two hit it off, a romance quickly bloomed and then it turned into a marriage. Blunt and Tucci married in the summer of 2012 and on January 25, 2015, Blunt gave birth to the couple’s son, Matteo Oliver. Anne Hathaway read the script for the movie and decided that she had to secure the role. She took extra measures to make sure producers noticed her. Anne Hathaway spoke with Variety and said she traced “hire me” into the sand of a zen garden in the office of former Fox 2000 executive vice president Carla Hacken. Many fans might not realize that Meryl Streep’s iconic last line didn’t exist until Streep created it. She changed the line from “Everybody wants to be me” to “Everybody wants to be us.” It was long-assumed that Streep fashioned the role after Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. However, she later revealed that she actually drew inspiration from the icily calm and quiet voice of Clint Eastwood mixed with a bit of Carmen Dell’Orefice. Anna Wintour is known as the “Nuclear Wintour” but she showed off her sense of humor by wearing Prada to an early screening of the film. Keep in mind that author Lauren Weisberger was once Anna Wintour’s assistant. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna told a funny story about the first time she saw Meryl Streep dressed up for her role as “Miranda Priestly.” “She was terrifying,” McKenna recalls. “The first scene I saw was when she turns around to glare at Andy from the top of the stairs. I was so terrified by her look alone that I threw my arm out in front of the director like we were in a car wreck. I was so scared.” After landing his role in the film, Stanley Tucci created a character for Anne Hathaway who was really nice and friendly. A fashion insider saw this character and said it wasn’t realistic. They reportedly told him that “no one is that nice” because they don’t have the time to be that friendly in such a fast-moving industry. It was a good move because it required Hathaway’s character to earn his respect and form a closeness that felt more natural by the end of the movie. Now if you will excuse me, it’s been about 10 years since I’ve watched The Devil Wears Prada. I think it’s about time for another viewing of the hilariously dark comedy.