When The Devil Wears Prada came out in June 2006, it made serious waves as one of Hollywood's most iconic rom-coms. But fans were divided about whether Meryl Streep's character was the film's true villain. And fifteen years later, the film's Adrian Grenier was ready to settle the debate.
Need a refresher? Well, there was a theory that rather than Andy's boss, Miranda Priestly, the movie's real bad guy was Andy's long-time boyfriend, Nate. Many criticized the rom-com's main love interest for being selfish and unsupportive of Andy's dreams. The theories mainly spread around Twitter, but they were eventually made aware to the cast. And Adrian Grenier, who played Nate, had some thoughts to share during the reunion.
"When that whole thing first came out, I couldn't get my head around it," Adrian admitted. "I didn't understand it. Perhaps it was because I wasn't mature as a man, just as Nate probably could've used a little growing up. I was just as immature as him at the time, so I couldn't see his shortcomings." But, like always, time offered perspective, and eventually, the comedy actor turned a corner. "After taking time to reflect and much deliberation online, I can realize the truth in that perspective. Nate hadn't grown up, but Andy had," Adrien explained." He even had a hilarious message to share with the interview listeners. "On behalf of all the Nates out there: Come on! Step it up!"
But the film's star, Anne Hathaway, had her own perspective to add to the comedic Twitter debate. "Nate was pouty on his birthday because his girlfriend wasn't there!" she said in defense. "I'm sure he wishes he made a different choice, but who doesn't? We've all been brats at different points. We all just need to live, let live, and do better!" Anne went on to share other throwbacks about The Devil Wears Prada's production story. All in all, it was a great look at one of the 2000's greatest romantic comedies.
So, it looks like the debate has been put to bed. Overall, Anne and Adrian admitted that both of their characters had growing up to do. But one thing's for sure: We'd be ready for a sequel from the iconic cast.