Meryl Streep says playing Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada left her ‘depressed’
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Hollywood actress Meryl Streep, 71, has addressed what it was like to star in the award-winning film The Devil Wears Prada as editor of Runway magazine, Miranda Priestly. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the star revealed that playing the part of the ruthless fashion editor made her “depressed”, despite gaining an Oscar nomination for her sublime performance.
I was so depressed! I said, ‘Well, it’s the price you pay for being boss!’
During the filming of the movie, the star revealed that she took an alternative approach to throwing herself into the part of the Runway mogul.
Meryl said that to fully embrace the role of Miranda Priestly, she had attempted method acting.
The practice sees actors play the role of their characters both on and off camera.
Revealing what it was like to remain in character as the editor-in-chief, the Oscar-nominated actress admitted that it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
She said: “It was horrible! I was [miserable] in my trailer. I could hear them all rocking and laughing.
“I was so depressed! I said, ‘Well, it’s the price you pay for being boss!'”
Meryl went on to reveal that playing Miranda marked the last time she attempted the acting practice.
“That’s the last time I ever attempted a Method thing!” she exclaimed.
Speaking about her co-stars’ acting practices, Emily Blunt, who plays Miranda’s assistant Emily Charlton, admitted that the approach wasn’t easy for Meryl.
She said: “Meryl is so gregarious and fun as hell, in some ways it wasn’t the most fun for her having to remove herself.
“It wasn’t like she was unapproachable; You could go up to her and say, ‘Oh my God, the funniest thing just happened,’ and she’d listen, but I don’t know if it was the most fun for her to be on set being that way,” Emily admitted.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the hit film, which saw Meryl gain multiple nominations as best villain for her terrifying performance as assistant Andy Sachs’ boss.
A The Devil Wears Prada moment went viral during the 2007 Oscars after Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt presented the award for Best Costume Design, while adopting their characters from the film.
With their on-screen boss sitting in the front row as a nominee for Best Actress, the co-hosts were quick to jump into their roles as Miranda Priestly’s assistants.
“Good evening. We are here to present the Oscar for Costume Design,” Anne said.
Emily then added, “And there is no one in this room more qualified than the two of us, or just me.”
“Leave the character behind, Em,” said Anne.
“Hi Meryl!” Emily gushed upon spotting her in the front row.
Why does she not have her cappuccino? Did you get her a cappuccino?” asked Anne to Emily, clearly reprising her role from the film as Miranda’s assistant.
“I thought you were going to get it,” said Emily to a frustrated Anne.
“Look how she’s smiling as if it doesn’t bother her,” said Anne, through gritted teeth.
“Such a good actress”, added Emily, as Meryl adopted a Miranda-esque stare and glared up at the duo.
Attendees of the event went wild as the actress stepped briefly back into her role as the ruthless magazine editor, before the duo went on to introduce the nominees.
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