Anne Hathaway weighs in on the widespread The Devil Wears Prada belief that Nate is the main antagonist of the film. The 2006 classic starred Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Adrien Grenier and was a box office success in the early 2000s.
The Devil Wears Prada follows the tale of Andy (Hathaway), an ambitious writer who obtains what seems to be a dream job at a famous fashion magazine. When she arrives, however, the work is not what she expected, as she finds herself as a personal assistant to the icy and demanding editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly, portrayed beautifully by Streep and inspired by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
Miranda looks to be the apparent villain in the film, making Andy’s life a living nightmare. Instead of composing tales, Hathaway’s Andy finds herself performing odd activities and becoming more alienated from friends and family as her work consumes all of her time. Fans of The Devil Wears Prada have been debating for the last sixteen years whether the true villain of the film is Nate, Andy’s boyfriend who is less than supportive of her as she adjusts to her new job.
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Hathaway was questioned about the popular fan hypothesis on the most recent edition of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. To no one’s surprise, the actor disagrees with the fans when it comes to Nate:
“I think that they were both very young and figuring things out, and he did behave like a brat, but I also behaved like a brat in my 20s and I hopefully grew out of it and I think that that’s what we all do. I wouldn’t want to be defined by the worst moment in my 20s, certainly, so I don’t hold Nate as a villain, actually.”
According to common belief, Nate is the genuine villain in Devil Wears Prada since he was exceedingly unsupportive of his partner at a critical period in her life. Working at Runway Magazine for a whole year may open up extremely crucial career doors for Andy, so she opted to go through with it since it was critical to her at the time.
Of course, Miranda is the apparent antagonist in The Devil Wears Prada. Still, it was through her chilly and demanding methods that Andy evolved professionally and into a better version of herself. Miranda’s techniques may have been unconventional and downright brutal, but at the end of the day, Andy emerged better and stronger.
Nate, on the other hand, showed little support for Andy’s employment and acted like a selfish, self-centered man, attempting to persuade Andy to concentrate on him rather than her career. Although Hathaway is prepared to give Nate a break, most fans are not, and they have every right not to be.