We can’t imagine anyone but Anne Hathaway playing the awkward-turned-sassy Andy Sachs in iconic 2006 movie, The Devil Wears Prada. However, the A-lister, whose career was cemented after scooping the protagonist role, has revealed she was actually ninth (!) in line.
When asked by Drag Race star Rosé if there were any roles she’d “fought tooth and nail for”, she jokingly responded: “How much time do you have?”
“I will give you some tea: I was the ninth choice for Devil Wears Prada,” she continued. “But I got it! Hang in there, never give up.”
She also revealed that she rather hilariously wrote “hire me” in the sand of a zen garden plant belonging to an executive on the film. Well, tenacity clear pays off.
So who was Anne competing with for the coveted role?
Rachel McAdams, famous for her turn as Queen Bee, Regina George, in Mean Girls was apparently first choice for the role. The star, who was revelling in her The Notebook and Mean Girls success, apparently turned it down!
Speaking to Elle US back in 2007 about her decision to shun the role, Rachel explained that she simply wasn’t passionate about the Andy Sachs role. She said: “I’m not going to make movies just to make movies. I have to be passionate about it. And at the same time, I can get very distracted when I’m working, and I like to get back to my life a lot.”
Homeland star Clare Danes and singer and actress Juliette Lewis also auditioned for the role.
We’re so glad Anne chased her dreams and secure the role because we can’t imagine anyone else managing to get their hands on a manuscript of Harry Potter. That’s all.