Gisele Bündchen Recalls Being Nervous to Do Devil Wears Prada Cameo: 'Hope I Don't Screw This Up'

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It might be hard to imagine one of the most famous supermodels in the world feeling intimidated, but Gisele Bündchen has been there.

As part of a new interview with British Vogue for a "Life in Looks" segment, the 41-year-old fashion icon recalled the "fun" experience of making 2006's The Devil Wears Prada, for which she was initially approached by screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna.

While Bündchen originally told McKenna, 54, that she was "not interested" in the fashion-focused dramedy — " 'I'm not gonna play a model, I do that every day; that's already a role I play' " — a part was written for her anyway.

"I am not an actress, I've never had an acting class," the model recalled. "It was Meryl Streep, [whom] I think is the best actress of all time. It was Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway, all of them, incredible."

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Gisele Bundchen and Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada
Gisele Bundchen and Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada

Everett Collection Gisele Bündchen and Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

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"And that's the scene I was doing, with those three ladies and me. So I was like, 'Okay, I hope I don't screw this up,' " she said.

Bündchen also said that her 9-year-old daughter Vivian saw the film, which also stars Stanley Tucci and Adrian Grenier, at a friend's house.

"She's like, 'Mom, I saw you in a movie, you were wearing glasses. Was that you?' I said, 'That was me.' So it was cute to have my daughter recognizing me for the two seconds I was onscreen," the model said.

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Bündchen wasn't the only one feeling a little out of her element on the film, though. Amid the movie's 15th anniversary last year, Hathaway, now 39, admitted to Entertainment Weekly that she "did feel intimidated" by Streep, 72, on the set, "but I always felt cared for."

"I knew that whatever she was doing to create that fear, I appreciated [because] I also knew she was watching out for me. There's this scene where [she says], 'You're just as disappointing as the rest of those silly girls,' " the Oscar winner recalled. "I remember when the camera turned on me, the pressure really got to me, and I'd had such emotional fluidity in the day up to that point but it just wasn't there anymore."

"I remember having the experience of watching [her] watch me, and [she] altered [her] performance ever so slightly, and just made it a little bit different, and brought more out of me and got me to break through whatever barrier I had," Hathaway added.

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