Meryl Streep believes that Fox’s first offer for her to play the iconic role of Miranda Priestly is pretty insulting to say the least.
After numerous awards and blockbuster films, Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, deemed one of Hollywood’s most talented actors, may have all the right to demand better pay for her projects.
The film The Devil Wears Prada has turned the actress into an icon in Hollywood. The moment she read the script, the Oscar winner knew it would be huge, but the offer from Fox didn't match her actual value to the project, which she found to be slightly disrespectful.
Streep played the role of the fearsome Miranda Priestly, the publication’s powerful but icy New York City-based editor-in-chief. Streep negotiated an increase double the amount producers were willing to pay her — $4 million instead of $2 million.
The Devil Wears Prada pretty much built a legacy in the entertainment industry. It is not only one of the best performances of Meryl Streep, but it also paved the way for Emily Blunt's budding career.
The cast members of the film gave splendid performances. Despite some interesting fashion choices shown on the film, the audience got to see the dark side of the fashion magazine industry.
The film was all about glitz and glamour of the upper class which presented the audience with a culture of its own. It turned into an instant classic as soon as it was released in 2006.
It has reflected a lot of career lessons and learnings for newly graduates that are masked behind the montages of shiny shoes, glam fashion life and designer clothes. The film may have focused on the exclusive world of elite fashion, but there are tons of lessons on the film career wise.
It’s a feel good film for the fresh graduates who are torn into choosing their career path right after graduation. Some might want to pursue their dream job, but it is also important to settle for a job that ticks off half of the checklists, after all, work experience counts, and it matters.
The film became an iconic movie of the century which still gathers some fans even to this day. There’s no doubt that The Devil Wears Prada is one of the most iconic films ever made, and its cult following 16 years after its release proves just how impactful it was.
A huge part of its monumental success can be attributed to Meryl Streep’s performance as Miranda Priestly, editor-in-chief of fictional fashion magazine Runway. The actress revealed during her exclusive interview with Variety that she turned down the offer to do the film because of the pay.
“The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project,” Streep admitted. “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.”
Thankfully, the showrunners of the film did a great job in handling Streep’s rejection. If not handled well, it might not turn out great for everyone involved. The film changed Meryl Streep's life, and it is pretty hard to imagine a different actress playing Miranda Priestly. Although Streep has already made a name for herself in Hollywood at the time, the film certainly pushed her career to a whole new level.
As soon as the film was released, Streep became one of the most bankable actresses in Hollywood. She is now considered to be among the most prolific actors in Hollywood.
Since the movie became one of the best films of the decade when it was released, it is not surprising that everyone on the film obtained massive success as well.
Emily Blunt who played as co-assistant Emily Charlton in the film gained enormous success as well, it was the breakout role for Blunt who is waiting for her Hollywood career to take off.
The actress who missed out on the role of Black Widow was fascinated by the turn out of the film and years after the movie was released, she was still haunted by its success.
“I never had any idea that my lines would get quoted to me every single week of my life since the movie has come out,” says Emily Blunt.
It was revealed by director of The Devil Wears Prada that Anna Hathaway’s role was turned down multiple times by Rachel McAdams. McAdams’ rejection turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Hathaway since she nailed the role of Andy.
Although Hathaway has already fairly established her career when she starred in Devils Wear Prada, she definitely got more endorsements and film offers after its release.
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