Watch: Meryl Streep Demanded Anne Hathaway Star in 'Devil Wears Prada' After Seeing Her in This Iconic Gay Film

Monday June 14, 2021

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in a scene from 'The Devil Wears Prada.'
Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in a scene from 'The Devil Wears Prada.'  (Source:YouTube Still)

Earlier this year, Anne Hathaway revealed she was the ninth choice to star in the 2006 film "The Devil Wears Prada," but it was Meryl Streep who would give the final push to get her the role.

According to Entertainment Weekly, while the studio was putting out offers to cast someone to star in the comedy — Rachel McAdams' was the top choice but declined the role several times — Streep saw Ang Lee's seminal gay drama, "Brokeback Mountain," and was blown away by Hathaway's supporting performance as Lureen Newsome Twist, the wife of Jake Gyllenhaal's Jack Twist.

As one of Hathaway's first dramatic adult roles, Streep was so impressed she personally called Fox's chairman and CEO at the time to urge that Hathaway be cast opposite of her in "The Devil Wears Prada."

"Meryl was eager to make the movie, and she said 'let me meet with her,'" director David Frankel told EW for its oral history feature on the film. "'Brokeback Mountain' was about to come out. Annie had a wonderful, small role in that. And Meryl watched that scene from the movie, she met with her and called up Tom Rothman at Fox and said, 'Yeah, this girl's great, and I think we'll work well together.'"

Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, and Kirsten Dunst were all offered the part as Andrea "Andy" Sachs before Hathaway.

Click here to check out EW's 15th-anniversary feature on "The Devil Wears Prada." In case you missed it: The cast, including Streep and Hathaway, recently had a virtual reunion to celebrate the film. Check it out below: