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Rachel McAdams turned down The Devil Wears Prada THREE times: ‘She was determined not to do it’

Rachel McAdams turned down The Devil Wears Prada THREE times… as it’s revealed Anne Hathaway was the NINTH choice to play the lead role

While a million girls would have killed for the role of Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada, the film’s director David Frankel revealed Rachel McAdams had no interest. 

Even as Anne Hathaway tirelessly pursued being cast as the leading lady, Frankel, 62, recalled McAdams, who had just starred in Mean Girls and The Notebook, was the studio’s top choice. 

‘We started negotiating with Annie to make a deal, and that didn’t go well with the studio,’ the filmmaker told Entertainment Weekly. ‘We offered it to Rachel McAdams three times.’ 

No thanks: While a million girls would have killed for the role of Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada, the film’s director David Frankel revealed Rachel McAdams had no interest; seen in 2016

He quipped: ‘The studio was determined to have her, and she was determined not to do it.’  

Meanwhile, Hathaway refused to take ‘no’ for an answer as she met with Elizabeth Gabler, then the head of Fox 2000 studio, to discuss ‘why she had to play this role.’ 

Gabler praised Hathaway for her persistent ‘campaigning’ and divulged the actress left a hilarious message for Carla Hacken [Fox executive] in her Zen garden, which read: ‘Hire me.’

Ninth choice: Even as Anne Hathaway tirelessly pursued being cast the leading lady, Frankel, 62, recalled McAdams, who had just starred in Mean Girls and The Notebook, passed on the part three times (pictured as Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada)

Ninth choice: Even as Anne Hathaway tirelessly pursued being cast the leading lady, Frankel, 62, recalled McAdams, who had just starred in Mean Girls and The Notebook, passed on the part three times (pictured as Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada)

Frankel also noted that after Meryl Streep watched Hathaway’s brief performance in Brokeback Mountain, she wanted to ‘meet with her’ and predicted they would ‘work well together.’ 

‘I patiently waited until it was my turn, and I got the call. It was the easiest yes in the world,’ Hathaway gushed. ‘I remember the moment I found out I got the part, I just ran screaming through my apartment.’

She added: ‘I had a bunch of friends over at the time, I just jumped up in the living room and screamed, “I’m going to be in The Devil Wears Prada!”‘

Shocking: In February while promoting her film Locked Down, Hathaway shockingly revealed she was the ninth choice to star as the leading lady of The Devil Wears Prada on an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race

Shocking: In February while promoting her film Locked Down, Hathaway shockingly revealed she was the ninth choice to star as the leading lady of The Devil Wears Prada on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race 

Groundbreaking: Hathaway gave a memorable performance as the mousey assistant to the editor-in-chief of a prestigious fashion magazine, who finds her personal life unraveling as her career takes off

Groundbreaking: Hathaway gave a memorable performance as the mousey assistant to the editor-in-chief of a prestigious fashion magazine, who finds her personal life unraveling as her career takes off

In February while promoting her film Locked Down on an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Hathaway shocked viewers by revealing she was the ninth choice to star in The Devil Wears Prada. 

The 38-year-old offered up the surprising fun fact when drag queen Rosé (real name Ross McCorkell) asked what role she had to ‘fight tooth and nail for.’

She said: ‘I will give you some tea: I was the ninth choice for Devil Wears Prada. But I got it! Hang in there, never give up.’

Hathaway gave a memorable performance as the mousey assistant to the editor-in-chief of a prestigious fashion magazine, who finds her personal life unraveling as her career takes off.

She starred alongside Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci in the film based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger. 

Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson, Kirsten Dunst Juliette Lewis and Claire Danes were all also considered to play Andy Sachs.

Role of a lifetime: It was previously revealed that McAdams turned down the role, for which Juliette Lewis and Claire Danes were also considered; seen in 2020

Role of a lifetime: It was previously revealed that McAdams turned down the role, for which Juliette Lewis and Claire Danes were also considered; seen in 2020

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