Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, Christopher Nolan, and new movies

Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt, the two stars who played the assistants of the ruthless fashion editor Miranda Priestly in the 2006 hit comedy “The Devil Wears Prada”, have reunited for a candid and hilarious conversation about their careers, their friendship, and their experiences working with the visionary director Christopher Nolan.

The two actresses, who have both earned Oscar nominations and won multiple awards, have also both collaborated with Nolan on different projects. Hathaway starred in two of Nolan’s Batman films, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Interstellar”, while Blunt played the wife of the atomic bomb creator J. Robert Oppenheimer in Nolan’s latest epic, “Oppenheimer”.

In a video interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Hathaway and Blunt reminisced about how they first met during the casting process of “The Devil Wears Prada”, and how they instantly clicked and became lifelong friends. They also shared some of their favorite memories and quotes from the film, which has become a cult classic and a pop culture phenomenon.

Hathaway and Blunt also compared notes on working with Nolan, whom they both praised as a brilliant and meticulous filmmaker, but also as a warm and supportive person. They revealed some of the challenges and joys of being part of Nolan’s cinematic universe, and how he inspired them to push their boundaries and deliver their best performances.

The interview also touched on their upcoming projects, such as Hathaway’s role as a mysterious prison psychologist in “Eileen”, and Blunt’s return to the horror genre with “A Quiet Place Part III”. They also expressed their admiration and gratitude for each other, and their hopes to work together again in the future.

Here are some excerpts from their conversation:

BLUNT: Did we meet before the table read?

HATHAWAY: This is so embarrassing, because I remember every second of the first time I met you. I’m so much more into you than you are into me. It’s fine. It’s fine.

BLUNT: I was so green coming into that situation. And you were like the warmest embrace. Even though you were a colossal movie star at that time, you treated me like a complete equal. You are one of the people I’ve known longest. We’ve known each other for 18 years.

HATHAWAY: What? Our relationship is the age of an adult.

BLUNT: That’s drinking age in England.

HATHAWAY: We are so drunk in England right now.

BLUNT: We just had a joy bomb of a time on that movie. I don’t know if any of us knew it was going to become what it did. It’s quoted to me every week. It will be the movie that changed my life.

HATHAWAY: So we’re in the “The Devil Wears Prada” club together. And now we’re in another club together — the Christopher Nolan club.

BLUNT: Yeah. Captain Extraordinary.

HATHAWAY: That’s a perfect name for him. When we did “Interstellar,” Matthew McConaughey noted that when we were up in the glacier, the colder it was and the harder the conditions were, the bluer Chris’ eyes became. And the blonder his hair.

BLUNT: I always feel that with Chris’ hair. I can tell when he is very happy with a take because his hair starts to dance. It’s almost like he vibrates when he’s happy. He’s not going to tell you that he’s that happy, though, because he’s very English.

HATHAWAY: The part that blows my mind about Chris is that he is authoritative in the best sense of the word. I remember one day we were doing a shot on “The Dark Knight Rises.” He came to me beforehand and said, “I just want you to know, this shot has lived in my head for many years. I’m going to be very specific about it. I’m going to make you do it a lot, but it’s not actually you. It’s just because I have it in my head a certain way.”

For him to say that in a way where, as an actor, you don’t start to question yourself!

BLUNT: We’ve all been on those sets where the director is a bad dad. You know what I mean? A bad dad who has an ego and an agenda. Chris is a good one.

HATHAWAY: With “Oppenheimer,” I’m at a loss for words. You are so wonderful in it. I was so proud of you. This character Kitty is so different from you. She’s like a dying star. Kitty contracts around her life rather than opening to it. Then, when she finally does open, you realize, oh God, the pain and indignity she’s lived with.

You can watch the full interview below:

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