By no means has an actress felt so grateful to not be the lead.
As a result of greater than a decade-and-a-half later, Tracie Thoms can nonetheless recall the fear she felt when Meryl Streep spoke these first intently hushed phrases at The Satan Wears Prada desk learn. “We may barely hear her,” mentioned Thoms, solid as grad scholar Lily, the loyal, tell-it-like-it-is finest good friend to Anne Hathaway’s Andy Sachs.
At first, Thoms defined to E! Information, she thought the three-time Oscar winner was merely getting by means of the fabric, nonetheless formulating how she wished to play unapologetically demanding Runway editor Miranda Priestly, a not-all-that-loose interpretation of Vogue’s Anna Wintour. “Some actors after they get to desk reads, they’re nonetheless ready to do the exploration technique of the character,” she famous. “So they are not attempting to make choices early.”
However, “perhaps, a page-and-a-half in,” Thoms mentioned of the script, tailored from Lauren Weisberger’s wildly well-liked novel of the identical identify, a tackle her time as Wintour’s assistant, “I used to be like, ‘Oh, no. That’s the alternative. Oh my god, that is essentially the most genius factor I’ve ever seen in my life.’ As a result of it made all people on the desk need to lean into her, to Miranda.”