Yesterday, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna tweeted out the last iteration script of the iconic and endlessly rewatchable film, The Devil Wears Prada. As an endlessly devoted DWP scholar, I took it upon myself to read through the script and find its hidden secrets.
1. Emily is described as “propelled by a core of barely tamped down anxiety,” which… same.
2. Was “gird your loins” improvised? Nigel’s written line when Miranda Priestly shows up to the office was originally “Man your battle stations!”
3. Andy’s “hideous skirt convention?” Originally a “hideous pants convention.”
4. The 15 Calvin Klein skirts were originally even more trouble for Andy. A deleted bit of dialogue shows Emily teaching Andy that they go to showrooms, not stores, for clothing, and that Runway girls always take chauffeured cars.
5. The iconic “cerulean” speech had a few minor differences. In the movie, the speech was streamlined and Miranda decided that the fashion spread would need a jacket halfway through talking.
6. We learned Andy was accepted to Stanford Law. Out to dinner with her dad, he asks her why someone who could have gone to such a good law school would settle for glorified secretary work.
7. The script has Andy cutting lit-boy Christian down to size the first time they met after she mentions she wrote about his work while she was in college. “I did point out some factual errors and a penchant for confessional semi-fiction that borders on self-indulgent,” she says. “You and the Times,” Christian responds.
8. Nate was sometimes the absentee in the relationship, too. The script had him skipping out on spending time with Andy to go hang out with a friend after the dinner where their friends played keep-away with her phone.
9. The now-infamous gala scene, in which Miranda publicly fought with her husband only to be rescued by Andy, was cut (thank goodness—Miranda would never say, “Thank you!”).
10. Gisele is name-dropped as a model in one of their shoots. Clearly before she was cast in the film as Emily’s friend.
11. Miranda’s final speech to Andy in Paris had a little bit more heft:
People think success happens to you. It doesn’t. You choose it. Every day, I choose excellence. Who else does what I do, at my level? Nobody. They don’t even understand what it takes, the days, measured in milliseconds… But now you know –and I know – that you have it in you. That you can see beyond what other people want and choose for yourself.
12. Emily’s advice to Miranda’s newest second assistant, “Why can’t you be more like Andy?” was ultimately replaced with the line “You have big shoes to fill.” And thus ends an iconic film, carried by a brilliant script.