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Actor Anne Hathaway fought diligently for the role of Andy in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. In the 2006 adaptation of the novel by Lauren Weisberger, Hathaway played an aspiring journalist who moved to New York after college. With her boyfriend, Nate (Adrian Grenier), by her side, Andy took a gig as acclaimed fashion editor Miranda Priestly’s (Meryl Streep) assistant. 

Once Andy started working for Miranda, her relationship with Nate changed negatively. Grenier recently said Hathaway didn’t want Andy and Nate to reconcile romantically at the film’s end. 

'The Devil Wears Prada' actors Adrian Grenier and Anne Hathaway smiling and posing at movie's premiere.
Adrian Grenier and Anne Hathaway | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Why Anne Hathaway doesn’t believe Nate is the ‘villain’ in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

The Devil Wears Prada premiered in theatres on June 30, 2006. As soon as the film debuted, many viewers noticed the similarities between Runway and the renowned magazine Vogue. Anna Wintour herself has even spoken about the movie and its depiction of the fashion industry. 

In addition to The Devil Wears Prada’s take on fashion editorials, many elements have been debated on the Internet 15 years later. For several years, some fans claimed that Nate was the “real villain” of the film. Although Streep’s character was the supposed adversary, Nate’s lack of support turned many viewers off the relationship.

During The Devil Wears Prada’s cast reunion with Entertainment Weekly, Hathaway said she disagrees with the Internet accusing Nate of being a villain. Instead, the Princess Diaries alum said Nate deserved to be “pouty” when Andy missed his birthday party. 

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Hathaway said in the EW interview that the role of Andy in The Devil Wears Prada “spoke” to her. Despite the movie’s studio yearning to hire A-listers such as Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson, and Kirsten Dunst for the role, Hathaway eventually won. When she did, the actor studied and researched her character as much as possible. 


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By the time The Devil Wears Prada wrapped, Hathaway and Grenier felt comfortable with their characters. According to Grenier, his co-star was so secure in her role that she suggested Nate and Andy’s last scene change. In their final conversation, the estranged couple discussed making their relationship work again. Although the writers initially wanted them to end the talk with a kiss, Hathaway pushed to change it. 

“It was a testament to Anne: [she and I were supposed to kiss in the grilled cheese] scene that she worked through, saying, “I just don’t think it’s right…just doesn’t feel like we’re at that point in our relationship,” Grenier shared. “There’s too much history.” She was right. We forwent that intimacy for something more familial.”

Is ‘Devil Wears Prada’ based on a true story? 

Weisberger’s novel, The Devil Wears Prada, debuted in 2003. Since its release, many fans have wondered which parts of the book are true or false. Although The Devil Wears Prada is fiction, Weisberger did work at Vogue as Anna Wintour’s assistant. The author told The Daily Mail in 2010 that some of her time at Vogue inspired the book and movie. 
“It wasn’t a one-to-one portrayal [of Wintour],” Weisberger said. “But of course, my time at Vogue informed the book; there’s no denying that.”