Anne Hathaway guest-starred on RuPaul’s Drag Race Friday night, and when I say the drag queens were excited…I mean, have you seen a drag queen fangirl over someone? No one does it better. When the Oscar winner showed up, via video, to give the cast advice on their upcoming “rusical” musical-theater challenge, the queens were full of questions.
Naturally, The Devil Wears Prada, a favorite of anyone with taste, came up in their conversation. Hathaway revealed a secret about the hit 2006 film’s casting process: “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.”
You heard that right: Hathaway was from being the first choice to play Andy Sachs (a role she absolutely nailed!). If that story doesn’t inspire you to never stop pursuing your dreams, then listen again, because it’s an inspiring story.
Hathaway was 23 years old when the The Devil Wears Prada premiered in theaters. During an interview with the co-hosts of the The View that summer, Meryl Streep (the iconic Miranda Priestly) shared the advice she gave Hathaway after she was cast as Andy.
“I said, ‘Don’t lose weight, A’—because they were all telling her to,” she said. “Remember,” she said, turning to Hathaway on the couch next to her, “you came to my house, and you looked so beautiful…”
“And you told me to eat a hamburger,” Hathaway responded.
“Did they tell you to lose weight, too?,” co-host Joy Behar asked Streep.
“They wouldn’t dare,” Streep replied.
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Ahead of her Drag Race appearance, the Oscar winner revealed the text exchange between her and her mom, who’s a big fan of Ru.
“A text exchange with my Mom (who has ‘enormous respect’ @rupaulofficial) 💕,” she wrote. “I couldn’t be more excited to be zooming into the work room on @rupaulsdragrace tonight! Huge love and thanks to the the crew that made it happen!
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Anne Hathaslay…I’m almost mad I didn’t come up with that before she did.
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