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Anne Hathaway said she almost didn’t star in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

Summary List PlacementAnne Hathaway dropped in on the "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestants for Friday's "Rusical" musical episode and managed to spill "some tea" while she was there (virtually). The actress, who has musical experience from her time on "Les Misérables" was there to offer some sage advice to contestants. When...

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Anne Hathaway dropped in on the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants for Friday’s “Rusical” musical episode and managed to spill “some tea” while she was there (virtually).

The actress, who has musical experience from her time on “Les Misérables” was there to offer some sage advice to contestants. When one asked if she ever “had to fight tooth and nail” for any of her roles, she revealed that she was the “ninth choice” for her now-iconic role of Andy Sachs in “The Devil Wears Prada.”

“But I got it,” she said triumphantly. “Hang in there. Never (snap) give (snap) up (snap)!”

You can watch Hathaway’s appearance on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” below.

In a 2016 interview with Variety, the star said she left a post-meeting note for Carla Hacken, 20th Century Fox’s former executive vice president, hoping to leave a lasting impression. The actress traced the words “hire me” into the sand of a zen garden. 

The studio reportedly wanted to cast a bigger star for the role. Their first choice, according to Variety, was Rachel McAdams. After picks one through eight didn’t pan out for the studio, they called on Hathaway. 

“I was putting on a shirt,” the actress told Variety of the moment she found out she landed the role. “I had some buddies over. I remember running out in my living room, half-dressed, screaming—I got ‘The Devil Wears Prada!’ I got ‘The Devil Wears Prada’!”

It was her first leading role in a film that targeted an adult audience rather than the made-for-families movies she previously been in (Hathaway had been in “The Princess Diaries” and “Ella Enchanted” before starring alongside Meryl Streep.)

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Streep, who played the leading role of Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of the fictional Runway magazine, was offered the part immediately, according to Variety, but chose to negotiate for the first time in her career. 

“The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project,” Streep told Variety. “There was my ‘goodbye moment,’ and then they doubled the offer. I was 55, and I had just learned, at a very late date, how to deal on my own behalf.”

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