Exclusive: Lauren Weisberger Dishes on Revenge Wears Prada & Her Former Boss

If you’ve been wondering what happened to Miranda Priestly and Andy Sachs since the second you put down The Devil Wears Prada a decade ago, you’re not alone. Author Lauren Weisberger is finally giving fans a glimpse into post-Runway life with the summer’s juiciest sequel, Revenge Wears Prada. We caught up with her to dish about her inspiration, her personal style, and her former boss.

SF: What has a decade done for your memory? Was it hard to get yourself back into the mindset of Andy?

LW: It actually was a lot easier than I expected, because it is a sequel, but we don’t pick up right where Andy quits in a giant huff in Paris. The book came out ten years ago, and we do pick up a full decade later. So much has happened in my own life in the last ten years, so much has happened to Andy, that it was kind of fun to sit down and imagine where her life could have gone. It felt like a blank slate. I got a chance once again to work with these characters that I already know.

SF: What kind of experience was it revisiting that time in your life?

LW: Emotionally it was weird. It was strange to be thinking again about the Miranda Priestly character. It’s not every day that I think about that job and that time anymore, it has some distance for me. So I had to get myself thinking of the ways she might appear and be terrifying again.

SF: Where did you turn to for inspiration here? Was it a different approach from your first book?

LW: The first book was much more informed by my experiences. Working at Vogue, working for Anna [Wintour], I pulled a lot from my experience doing that. This one is more straight fiction.

SF: So, speaking of your time at Vogue…and the title of your new book…do you feel like in the end, you got the ultimate revenge?

LW: I don’t think of it so much as revenge. I set out to write the first book, as unsexy as it sounds, as a writing exercise in a writing class I was taking. I was working at Departures and writing hotel and restaurant reviews and using way too much dialogue and writing them all first person. And my editor said, why don’t you take a writing class at night and get all of this out of your system? It really wasn’t done out of a revenge type place. But as far as anything in life goes, finding your niche and doing something well is a good way to go.

SF: Did you ever hear from Anna again, or after the book was published? 

LW: No. We don’t really travel in the same circles. When push comes to shove, I can’t even imagine the number of assistants she’s been through between then and now. I don’t think she’d even be able to pick me out of a crowd of three.

SF: How else did your time at Vogue effect you? Did you get the same wardrobe transformation as Andy?

LW:  Unlike Andy, I definitely didn’t undergo some sort of huge fashion makeover. That’s a really fun part of the movie, but that totally did not happen to me in real life. I just tried to pull it together and not be humiliating. I like fashion, I like shopping, I definitely get pleasure from that, but as far as any kind of Vogue level, I have no kind of dabbling in that world.

SF: Did you feel any pressure in writing this sequel, given the incredible success of the first book?

LW: There is in terms of the first book and the kind of phenomenon it became. It was a complete and total surprise, it came out of nowhere. I was a really young kid and just starting out, and it was amazing. People have fallen in love with these characters, especially after the movie…they did such a phenomenal job with the movie, and I had nothing to do with it, so I can say that! But there is pressure to keep these characters the same and imagine what it would be like for them a decade later. I think I’ve done it, I hope I have…I want my core readers to pick this book up and say, I’m ready to check in again.

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