The Devil Wears Prada's Miranda Priestly isn't actually based on who you'd expect

'That's all.'

'That's all.'

The Devil Wears Prada may have come out a whopping 13 years ago (yes, we feel old too), but it still feels like yesterday that Miranda (Meryl) gave Andy (Anne) a dressing down for saying those two blue belts looked the same.

Most millennials can quote any of Miranda's scathing lines like they were their own - 'Florals for spring? Groundbreaking'. But while we thought we knew every bit of TDWP trivia there was, Emily Blunt just proved us all wrong.

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While promoting her new film, Mary Poppins Returns, Emily touched on The Devil Wears Prada, playing Miranda Priestly's assistant Emily in the 2006 flick.

But it wasn't her character that she dished on, with Emily taking the moment to clear up the rumours around Meryl's character, Miranda.

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The icy magazine editor was thought to be based on Vogue's Anna Wintour, with the original book by Lauren Weisberger based on her time as an assistant for the now 69-year-old.

Emily however has explained that Anna wasn't Meryl's inspiration for the role.

'Meryl didn’t actually base it on Anna Wintour—well, she told Anna that,' Emily explained. 'She based it on two men in Hollywood that she knew - who will remain nameless, but I know who they are.'

'That's all'.

Jenny Proudfoot
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