Emily Blunt Mirrored On “The Devil Wears Prada”
As I’m certain you’ll know, the British actor garnered worldwide consideration for her memorable efficiency within the 2006 comedy-drama, which is predicated on a novel of the identical identify by Lauren Weisberger.
As destiny would have it, the character Emily performed within the film can also be named Emily, who’s the cutthroat assistant to the ruthless editor-in-chief of Runway Journal, Miranda Priestly, performed by Meryl Streep.
Within the hit movie, Emily has to reluctantly work alongside Anne Hathaway’s Andy, who’s employed as one other one in every of Miranda’s assistants, regardless of having completely little interest in trend.
So, previous to this film, Emily had already earned reward for her efficiency in My Summer season Of Love, which got here out in 2004. Nevertheless, she says right this moment that it was The Satan Wears Prada that marked an “overnight” turning level in her appearing profession.
In a brand new episode of the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Emily mentioned her many movie credit and recounted the sudden means she wound up touchdown a task within the fashion-filled film that modified her life.
Talking with the host, Scott Feinberg, Emily remembered that she’d been in LA auditioning for a very completely different undertaking and was frantically working late for a flight when a studio govt at Fox requested on the final minute if she needed to learn for one more half that they had in thoughts.
Wanting again, she confessed that she hadn’t even learn the guide of The Satan Wears Prada and was reluctant to audition. Nevertheless, the studio bosses requested, ‘Why don’t you simply take a look at these pages and simply wing it?’ — and that’s precisely what she did.
Emily ended up impressing the director, David Frankel, and joked that her skill to grasp the character’s icy demeanor was in all probability aided by the actual fact she was late attending to the airport on the time.
“Maybe it helped that I was straight-jacketed with time concerns and clearly in a pretty amped up state anyway,” she stated, “which lends itself to the desperation of that character.”
However, earlier than she might formally signal on for the function, David prompt that Emily are available in and skim for the studio executives yet another time — with a easy request.
“I remember when I’d read at the studio [the first time] I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt,” Emily recalled. “And David said very diplomatically: ‘Can you look a bit more, sort of, stylish?’”
After all, being that the film facilities round Miranda’s Runway Journal — which is broadly identified to be considerably impressed by Anna Wintour and Vogue — Emily’s high-fashion look was a key side each on and off the display screen. And fortunately, she was capable of nail it.
In the event you’ve watched the film, you’ll know that Meryl’s portrayal of Miranda is nothing in need of iconic. Though, the efficiency apparently got here at a value for everybody on set.
Meryl has beforehand stated that The Satan Wears Prada was the primary time she ever tried methodology appearing — and it additionally wound up being the final time too, because the method made her completely depressing.
“It was horrible,” the three-time Academy Award winner informed Leisure Weekly in 2021, confessing that it made her “depressed” to listen to her costars “rocking and laughing” when she knew she needed to keep in character because the tyrannical and chilly Miranda.
Whereas chatting with the Hollywood Reporter in her new interview, Emily was requested about her expertise with Meryl on the set of The Satan Wears Prada, which additionally occurred to be her first time working with the beloved actor.
“She was approachable on set, but just in her own sort of vortex,” Emily responded with fun, including that any tales about Meryl’s brutal methodology appearing methods whereas making the film are “so not representative” of how “warm” and “wonderful” she is usually.
“I don’t know if she had a lot of fun trying method acting, but it certainly worked because there was an intimidation factor for all of us on set,” she stated. “Especially for Annie and I, who were — we have an expression in England — ‘bricking it’ everyday working with her.”
Emily even recalled the very first desk learn when she and Anne have been left terrified by Meryl after she made it clear that she’d be going full methodology from that time onwards.
“I remember that table read and I was so scared,” she stated. “It was sort of my first exposure to something like that with the big studio heads in the room and, oh, it was awful.”
A lot to Emily’s delight, Meryl apparently let loose fun at one in every of her strains, however quickly made it clear that it wouldn’t be occurring once more.
“It really meant the world to me,” Emily remembered, “and then afterwards she said to Annie and I… ‘I think you’re both gonna be great, and that’s the last nice thing I’m gonna say to you.’ And it kind of was.”
Now, almost 18 years after its launch, Emily stated that her strains from the film are quoted to her by followers “every week.” And if that’s not the signal of an iconic efficiency, then what’s?