The film's director revealed Monday that Rachel McAdams
turned down the role of Andrea "Andy" Sachs in "The Devil Wears Prada
" three times before Anne Hathaway
was cast instead.
“The studio was determined to have her, and she was determined not to do it,” David Frankel said of McAdams’ refusal to join the cast in an Entertainment Weekly
profile commemorating the film’s 15th anniversary
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film's studio, Fox 2000, preferred an "established dramatic actress over Hathaway and her then-teen-oriented filmography."
Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, and Kirsten Dunst were also said to have been preferred over Hathaway, who previously stated that she was the ninth choice to co-star with Meryl Streep in the film.
But, according to former Fox 2000 President
Elizabeth Gabler, Hathaway "never stopped campaigning, calling" about the role, and even went so far as to write "Hire Me" in the zen garden of the studio's then-vice president, Carla Hacken.
When the offer finally arrived, Hathaway said it was the "easiest yes in the world."
“I remember running screaming
through my apartment the moment I found out I got the part,” she told EW. “I had a bunch of friends
over at the time, and I just jumped up in the living room and screamed, ‘I'm going to be in ‘The Devil Wears Prada!’”
The entire profile can be found here.