Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep

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The actresses promoted the film “The Devil Wears Prada” at the 63rd Venice Film Festival in September 2006. Anne Hathaway in white by Marchesa, Meryl Streep, as befits Miranda Priestly, in a costume, high heels and sunglasses.

In 2020, the 77th Venice Film Festival was one of the largest to be held in spite of the pandemic. On the red carpet we admired Vanessa Kirby from “Particles of a Woman” and the chairman of the jury Cate Blanchett in the outfits of Armani Privé, Tilda Swinton in Chanel and Haider Ackermann and Polish women – Małgorzata Szumowska, Weronika Rosati and Maja Ostaszewska – promoting “There will never be snow again”. A year earlier, when there was no need to worry about the restrictions, Meryl Streep had become Queen of Venice in a flowery Givenchy gown and, as always, sunglasses. Here she celebrated the premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix Laundry. Anne Hathaway recently visited in 2018 to sunbathe on Valentin Garavani’s yacht. She met Meryl Streep at an Italian festival in 2006, when they both enjoyed the success of the film “The Devil Wears Prada”.

Hathaway, for her role as Andy Sachs, Miranda Priestly’s assistant, modeled on Annie Wintour, editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, was not meant to be in a comedy based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger. During a recent interview on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the actress revealed that eight other stars were considered before her. The favorite of director David Frankel was Rachel McAdams. The creators were finally convinced by the character of Mia Thermopolis, played by Hathaway in “The Princess Diaries” – an ugly duckling that transforms into a swan.

Streep, considered the most outstanding actress of her generation, was seen in the role of Priestly from the very beginning. It was she who had doubts as to whether the offered salary was sufficient. The heroine of Hathaway needed a nemesis and a friend in the form of Miranda’s older assistant, Emily Charlton. It was played by Emily Blunt, who stole every scene from the more seasoned actresses. The twenty-year-old British woman was discovered by Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski, with whom she starred in 2004’s “Summer of Love”. Red hair, porcelain complexion, nasal voice – Blunt’s career in Hollywood was written, and “The Devil” became her ticket to fame. For her performance, Emily earned BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.

Blunt was not taken to Venice in 2006 because she was still too little known, but her participation in the film had consequences for her entire family. On set, she met Stanley Tucci, whom she met with her sister, the literary agent Felicity. Now they go on double dates – a married couple Tucci and Krasinski (Emily married John Krasinski from “Biuro” in 2010).

It is a pity that there was no continuation of “The Devil” – “When Life Gives You Lululemons” based on another novel by Weisberger – about Emily’s new life in the suburbs of New York. Blunt in the role of a slightly frustrated housewife could breathe the innocent charm of Mary Poppins, the disturbing neurosis of “The Girl on the Train” and the romanticism of “Young Victoria”.

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