After taking on the role as one of the most intimidating, cutting antagonists in a recent comedy history, decided that “method acting” crap was not for her. In oral history of , Streep shares how she dug her designer heels into playing Miranda Priestly, the high fashion magazine editor who had a tendency to hit right where it hurts. Turns out, it was no fun at all.
“It was horrible! I was [miserable] in my trailer. I could hear them all rocking and laughing. I was so depressed!” Streep tells EW. “I said, ‘Well, it’s the price you pay for being boss!’ That’s the last time I ever attempted a Method thing!”
Behind the scenes, kept her interactions with co-stars and ice cold to stay true to her character in the film, keeping the humor to a minimum.
“Meryl is so gregarious and fun as hell, in some ways it wasn’t the most fun for her having to remove herself,” Blunt says. “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.”
Streep helped Hathaway snag her role as fashion newbie and Priestley’s co-assistant Andy, and she struck a balance between support and coldness on set.
“I did feel intimidated, but I always felt cared for,” Hathaway says. “I knew that whatever she was doing to create that fear, I appreciated [because] I also knew she was watching out for me.”
Following the release of The Devil Wears Prada, Streep received the Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role and won the for Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical/Comedy. Proving you don’t really need to be an asshole to your to reign in success as an actor, in 9 more Golden Globe nominations and three wins, as well as with one win–and that’s just post-The Devil Wears Prada. Eat your heart out, .