(CNN)"The Devil Wears Prada" conscionable wouldn't beryllium the aforesaid without Anne Hathaway.
But Hathaway, who played the pb relation of Andy Sachs, a wide-eyed adjunct to Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly astatine a high-fashion glossy magazine, astir wasn't cast.
In a 15th anniverary oral past of the movie, the formed told Entertainment Weekly immoderate behind-the-scenes secrets connected the deed film.
Director David Frankel, who adapted Lauren Weisberger's massively palmy publication of the aforesaid name, said Streep was signed on, but they needed their Andy. Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson and Kirsten Dunst were each connected the list.
"We started negotiating with Annie to marque a deal, and that didn't spell good with the studio.... We offered it to Rachel McAdams 3 times. The workplace was determined to person her, and she was determined not to bash it," Frankel told EW.
Hathaway campaigned for the role, calling and visiting workplace executives to effort to person them to springiness her the part.
"It spoke to me. It made maine feel. It was astir a taxable that I instrumentality precise seriously, but successful specified a wonderfully joyful and lighthearted way," Hathaway said of her character.
Frankel said it was Streep who convinced everyone Hathaway could propulsion it off.
"Meryl was anxious to marque the movie, and she said 'let maine conscionable with her.' 'Brokeback Mountain' was astir to travel out. Annie had a wonderful, tiny relation successful that. And Meryl watched that country from the movie, she met with her and called up Tom Rothman astatine Fox and said, 'Yeah, this girl's great, and I deliberation we'll enactment good together,'" Frankel said.
When the telephone came, Hathaway said her reply was a nary brainer.
"I patiently waited until it was my turn, and I got the call. It was the easiest yes successful the world. I retrieve the infinitesimal I recovered retired I got the part, I conscionable ran screaming done my apartment. I had a clump of friends implicit astatine the time, I conscionable jumped up successful the surviving country and screamed, 'I'm going to beryllium successful The Devil Wears Prada!'" she told the publication.