A workplace reunion is in order at Runway magazine, as the cast and crew of the iconic 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada, reunite ahead of the film's 15-year anniversary.
Throughout the remote gathering, director David Frankel and stars Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and others shared their most memorable experiences filming the movie, in addition to discussing the hit dramedy's social relevance today, for Entertainment Weekly's July issue.
"Gird your loins," wrote EW on Instagram. "#DevilWearsPrada stars Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, and more have reunited for a 15-year anniversary chat on an alternate ending for the movie, run-ins with Anna Wintour, and more."
The cast, crew, and EW moderator Joey Nolfi looked back on the film's timeless themes surrounding capitalism and the unhealthy relationships we can all have with our jobs. They also discussed how the movie depicts the double standard for women in powerful positions, which is emblematically reflected in Streep's Golden Globe-winning performance as the formidable Runway editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly.
"It was important that she not just be a difficult boss, but that she embody a certain value around people being expendable in service of what to her is a greater goal," screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna said of Miranda. "She really venerates fashion and the magazine, and it's sort of a temple for her.”
"I think the reason that [the film] has stayed with us and landed is because it hit at a particular moment in time—the discomfort with women being boss people had to figure out, because we weren't gonna go away," Streep said. "This is the first movie I've ever had … that men have come up to me and said, 'I know how you feel.'"
Blunt added, "She does give us a character a lot of us can aspire to be, to be able to be uncompromising and tough and real and honest and to the point and not have to contort and dance to get your point across without hurting anybody, or offending anybody, which I think men have a much easier time with."
The film has also played a pertinent if not groundbreaking role in the now-ongoing discussion around internalised misogyny in the workplace to which professional women have been subjected. "Our society has been conditioned to see the world through men's eyes," Tucci said. "So often, and particularly in cinema, literature and this [film] started to make that change."
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