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Andy’s Back and Hopefully, Wearing Prada

Glam.com chatted with the New York Times bestselling author (and Anna Wintour’s infamous former assistant) about what to expect from her newest book.
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Bagatelle was the place to be Tuesday evening for fans of Lauren Weisberger’s novel, The Devil Wears Prada. Gilt City helped the author launch her sequel to the cult fashion favorite, Revenge Wears Prada, with an intimate party to celebrate! Glam.com chatted with the New York Times bestselling author (and Anna Wintour’s infamous former assistant) about what to expect from her newest book.

Q:

When we last met Andy Sachs, she had just quit her job as assistant to Runway magazine editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly in the book-turned-movie, The Devil Wears Prada. Fast-forward 10 years and Andy is now the editor-in-chief of her own magazine which Miranda is thinking of acquiring. How has Andy changed since last working with her?

A:

The Andy of the first book was 22 and wide-eyed, very naïve and fresh out of college. The Andy now has grown up a lot. She’s always loved writing. She’s never fallen out of love with writing and she’s always loved magazines. And she’s now as you said, the editor-in-chief of her own magazine, I think with that, and with the fact that she’s married and the fact that she’s had a lot of pieces published comes a new level of confidence. She’s found some career success and I think she feels great about that. Of course, we always know that when all your ducks seem like they’re in a line, that…

Q:

… Are you alluding to surprises in the book?

A:

I may be, but also to the fact that, surprise, surprise, she’s back. I think that was something that Andy was not necessarily suspecting. I don’t think I’m giving too much away if I tell you that Miranda comes back?.

Q:

How did you think Lean In would have influenced Andy?

A:

That’s a really good question. I don’t know that it would have changed her so much in that she is in a position of power now. She has worked really hard, she’s done everything she can to cultivate her career, I think she learned a lot from her job at Runway about how she wasn’t going to treat people. But Andy struggles with the work life balance like we all do, especially in this book, that’s something I pull from my own life, it’s definitely that’s at the forefront of Andy’s character in this book.

Q:

How did Andy go from hard news back to fashion—specifically bridal?

A:

I describe it all in the book but she was really only in hard news in the movie, she wasn’t hard news in the book, I had her career trajectory be more about writing and less about being an actual journalist in a news world. I think Andy realized as the years went by and she was doing all kind of writing that it’s not writing for the New Yorker that is the ultimate sign of success, she kind of grew up a little and realized that in this crazy city, as we all know, it’s getting published anywhere is a huge thing. A huge, huge thing and not so easy. Now she’s lucky enough to be doing what she loves, which, is I think all that matters anyway.

Q:

That’s true! Are there any other surprises that you can give away?

A:

No. I will say that there are two total twists at the end: one in personal life and one in her work life. Hopefully, readers don’t see either one coming.

Q:

Were there any scenes from the book that were especially enjoyable to write?

A:

It was most fun for me to write the scenes that Miranda was in. The pace quickens, the dialogue quickens, she walks in, I get anxious. What’s she going to say, what’s she going to? Even as a writer! She’s not an everyday presence in this book like she was in the first one, when she does appear; it’s not as frequent, but hopefully, just as menacing..

Q:

When you were writing the sequel did you think of Meryl Streep or Anne Hathaway? Were you able to separate these actresses and their portrayal of the characters from your portrayal of Miranda and Andy in Revenge Wears Prada?

A:

I thought about this a lot. I really still continue to think of Andy and Miranda as the characters in my head 10 years ago, when they existed years before the movie, but that’s not true of Emily. When I sat and wrote this book, Emily was a much bigger character and I’m writing her dialogue and her scenes, I was picturing Emily Blunt. 100%. Something about Emily’s performance just stuck with me.

Q:

In Revenge Wears Prada we find Miranda Priestly armed with even more power over the fashion universe as creative director of Alias Clark. Was it a case of life imitating art that we know find Anna Wintour as the artistic director of Conde Nast?

A:

Yes. The book was signed, sealed, and delivered when we heard that news. But I did make Miranda the creative director of Alias Clarke because I really needed her in a position of much greater power than the editor-in-chief of Runway, to properly torment the girls in this book.

Q:

What was your favorite scene in the movie?

A:

Probably the one I always hoped would happen but never did in my real life, which was the Andy makeover scene. That fabulous fantasy montage where they, sort-of, drag her into the closet, and just do her over. That never happened, and I really think it should have.

Now you can get your own Andy-esque makeover courtesy of Gilt and Gilt City: the site is allowing you the opportunity to shop Lauren Weisberger’s favorite NYC hot spots and fashion brands, as well as select experiences inspired by characters Andy and Miranda. Oh, and an autographed copy of the new book. Be sure to visit www.gilt.com/revengewearsprada.