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18 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Devil Wears Prada'

Meryl Streep originally turned down the role of Miranda Priestly!
PHOTO: The Devil Wears Prada/20th Century Fox

Ready to feel old? The Devil Wears Prada turns 10 this week, and as well as giving us endless quotes of joy that have seen us through many fashion disasters, the film also has a pretty cool back story, too.

1. The movie is actually based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger.

It's speculated to tell her real-life experience as Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's assistant.

2. Meryl Streep originally turned down the role of Miranda Priestly, because she didn't think they offered her enough money. 

She said the original offer was not "reflective of my value to the project"—so they later doubled the amount of money on offer.

3. Meryl Streep changed Miranda's last line. 

It's when she's sitting in a chauffeured car with Andy—she said "Everybody wants to be us"rather than "everybody wants to be me."

4. It took Fox several years to bring the project to the big screen.

But eventually, the whole film only took 55 days to film in New York from start to finish.

5. Stanley Tucci only accepted the role of Nigel 72 hours before his character debuted on set.

And all we're saying? THANK F***.

6. The rights to make the novel into a screenplay were bought before the novel was even finished. 

Producers knew it was going to be a hit and were bidding on the first 100 pages of the manuscript.

7. Fox originally wanted Rachel McAdams in the Andy role.

But McAdams turned it down multiple times, because she wanted to stay away from mainstream material.

8. Stanley Tucci eventually married Emily Blunt's sister, after the pair met on the set of the film. 

9. Four different writers attempted to turn the novel into a screenplay before a script was eventually settled on.

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All the others were scrapped. 


10. It was Meryl Streep's idea to add two scenes to make Miranda less of a bitch, and they eventually went on to be the most iconic of the whole film. 

The blue sweater speech about the fashion industry, and shedding of light on Miranda as a human in her hotel room.

11. Anne Hathaway wanted the role of Andy so badly, she traced the words "hire me'" in the sand of a zen garden in Carla Hacken's—Fox's former executive vice president—office.  

 Now THAT is dedication.

12. More than 100 actresses were considered for the role of assistant Emily, and she was originally meant to me American. 

It was during Emily Blunt's tape that she became British.

13. Initially, Emily didn't even audition for the role.

She was at Fox filming for the lead female role in Eragon, and her agent insisted she give The Devil Wears Prada a go.

14. When Emily found out she had the role, she was in "some dive club in London." 

She told Variety: "I called [the director] back from the bathroom. He said, 'Listen I would have cast you off the tape, but the studio wants to see you one more time. Can you do what you did but dress the part more?'"

15. All together, the costumes for The Devil Wears Prada cost $1 million. 

 They were designed by Patricia Fields.

16.  Anne Hathaway couldn't work nights because ex-boyfriend Rafaello Follieri didn't want her to

Director David Frankel explained: "She was living with a guy who was a felon and embezzler. He didn't want her to be working at all; he hated that she worked nights. She was always fragile when we shot late."

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17. Miranda was initially met to have a big, booming, and intimidating voice. 

Anne Hathaway explained: "[We thought her voice] was a strident, bossy, barking voice. So when Meryl opened her mouth and basically whispered, everybody in the room drew a collective gasp. It was so unexpected and brilliant."

18. Miranda's character was inspired by two men: Clint Eastwood and Mike Nichols. 

Meryl says she got the voice from Clint Eastwood and the ironic, cutting humour from Mike Nichols. The walk, she insists, is all hers.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.