Meryl Steep Made $4 Million From ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ After Negotiating a First Offer That ‘Offended’ the Actor

More than a decade after starring in The Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep remains popular for the fan-favorite flick. She starred as the movie’s antagonist, Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of a fashion publication based on Anna Wintour and Vogue. Streep took on the role amazingly, bringing the character to life in a way that no one else could. Given her previous successes, it didn’t come as much of a surprise.

As one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, Streep makes a lot of money per film. But many fans don’t realize that she made $4 million from The Devil Wears Prada after turning down a lower offer.

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was a huge success

Many fans are well aware that The Devil Wears Prada was based on Lauren Weisberger’s best-selling novel of the same name. With its amazing cast, pleasing visuals, and unique storyline, it is no wonder that it was such a box office smash. So much so, that The Washington Post says that it is one movie that was actually better than the book for several reasons.

The publication notes that the characters were likable, the ending was better than the written version, and there is a bit more drama in the movie than in the book. The movie brought in a whopping $326.7 million dollars at the box office. 

Meryl Streep negotiated her salary after the initial offer offended her

Meryl Streep arrives for the screening of 'The Devil Wears Prada' at the Lido of Venice, 07 September 2006, during the 63rd Venice International Film Festival.
Meryl Streep arrives for the screening of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ during the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. | Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images

Streep has been in the entertainment industry for decades. She’s an icon for many. And when a celebrity is that good, they know the value they bring to the table, and won’t settle for anything less. Which is just what Streep did with The Devil Wears Prada.

According to Biography, she was everyone’s first choice to play the role of Priestly. After reading the script, Streep knew the movie would be a success. She was offered quite a nice amount of money to star in the film: $2 million. But she actually found that to be offensive. “The offer was to my mind slightly, if not insulting, not perhaps reflective of my actual value to the project,” the actor said.

Film executives knew that they needed Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada. So they doubled her salary to $4 million dollars, which she accepted. This was four times the amount of her co-star, Anne Hathaway. The lead received her first $1 million paycheck for her role in the film, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

The actress has had an amazing career

It is really no wonder that Streep is well aware of just how sought after she is, and how much value she can bring to any project. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has a mind-boggling net worth of $160 million.

Streep is the recipient of many prestigious awards. This includes BAFTAS, Golden Globes, Academy Awards, and Emmy Awards. Having begun her career in the late 1960s, she is known for roles in movies such as Sophie’s Choice, Mamma Mia!, and Doubt.

Considered to be one of the greatest actors of all time, the legend has experience in drama, comedy, and musicals. She never shies away from even the most challenging roles. After so much amazing work, it makes sense that Streep is pretty much able to negotiate any salary that comes her way. And we can’t imagine the role of Miranda Priestly being played by anyone else.

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