December 1, 2016
Revenge Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger
It's been a decade since Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada hit bookshelves. Set in the fictional halls of Runway magazine, the book's icy antihero, Miranda Priestly, is imagined by most readers as Vogue's Anna Wintour. (Plus, in real life, Weisberger's first job was as assistant to Wintour...) And the 2006 film adaptation starring Meryl Streep as Priestly and Anne Hathaway as Andy, an aspiring hard news journalist who takes a job at a Vogue-esque glossy, painted a picture of life (some may say servitude) in the world of New York City fashion magazines.
Now, much to the delight of her fans, Weisberger is revisiting the characters of Miranda and Andy in Revenge Wears Prada, which finds Andy at the helm of her own magazine. Miranda also has a new job—one that is eerily similar to Wintour's recent promotion to artistic director of Condé Nast. Coincidence? We spoke with Weisberger in advance of the Aventura stop on her book tour to find out.
The parallels between reality and fiction in Revenge are uncanny. What's your comment on the Miranda/Anna promotion similarities? How on earth did you anticipate that?
LAUREN WEISBERGER: I will say that my book was signed, sealed, and delivered before the announcement was made. Sometimes life imitates art, which is kind of fun.
Had you always intended to write a sequel?
LW: I was thinking about writing about the sequel for such a long time. I've always been curious about what was happening with these characters. So much happens over ten years. I was really kind of excited to check back in and see what Andy and Miranda were up to.
Seeing as you were once Wintour's assistant, you had lots of real-life inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada. Did you draw upon that experience again for Revenge?
LW: Probably not quite as much as the first book, but I still think there's a pretty good amount. Andy still lives in New York—[which] plays a huge role in this book. I'm a New Yorker, I love the city as much as she does. She and I both make our living writing. I don't want to give too much away, but I got married and had kids over [time] and motherhood definitely plays a role in this book.
How has Andy changed in this new, higher-powered chapter of her life?
LW: The Andy of the first book was 22-years-old, wide-eyed, and naive. This Andy has had a lot of different experiences. She is about to get married when the book opens. She is an editor and has her own magazine now. Like so many women in their 20s and 30s, Andy has grown up a lot.
Any chance we'll be seeing a Revenge Wears Prada movie?
LW: I would absolute love that. I loved what they did with the first one so much. Consider my fingers crossed.
Andy has a new fiancé in Revenge, and there are some other new faces as well. Any thoughts on which actors might play these roles if a big screen sequel were to happen?
LW: I haven't yet but I need to start doing that! I loved the first cast so much I certainly hope they would all return. I'm going to start thinking about the new ones, that's a good idea.
BY LIANA LOZADA