This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," July 7, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: The high pressure, high stakes world of the New York fashion industry is brought to the silver screen in the new film "The Devil Wears Prada." Meryl Streep plays the ultimate nightmare boss, a difficult fashion magazine editor who rips through assistants.
Our next guest plays one of the diva's proteges. Emily Blunt is with us live from Los Angeles — welcome Emily. It's obviously a big hit this summer. But when did you first realize this was going to be a hit?
EMILY BLUNT, ACTRESS: I think when we were filming it, you know. There was a good feeling about it. Everyone heard that the rushes were great and all of that. But I think we didn't actually realize. I think it's kind of beyond everyone's wildest dreams that it was such a success, you know.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so you get the script and you read through it the first time what did you think?
BLUNT: I thought it was funny. I mean I thought it was really funny. I liked the part. I thought she was kind of (INAUDIBLE) and I thought she should be English. I was convinced that I shouldn't play her with an American accent. So, I think it was that part, I mean someone that deranged and that ridiculous is kind of always a pull for you to play, you know.
VAN SUSTEREN: Now, I saw the movie. I thought it was a great movie, loved it last weekend, and your part you seemed a little bit mean, a little bit jealous. Is that how you would describe your character?
BLUNT: How I would describe myself or the character?
VAN SUSTEREN: No, no, no, no, not yourself the character you play in the movie not yourself.
BLUNT: OK. Yes, I would definitely describe her as being that. I think she kind of defines herself by this association with Miranda Priestly and lives a rather sad existence really because she's so — she's so obsessed with fashion.
That's kind of all she sees and she absolutely kind of lives to work but she's neurotic and completely deranged and so she's all of these things. She's probably your worst nightmare for a blind date, you know.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, Miranda Priestly is played by Meryl Streep.
VAN SUSTEREN: What's she like to work with?
BLUNT: She's a force of nature. She is. I mean she definitely adopted a certain reserve on set and I think she wanted Annie and I to be intimidated by her and I mean she needn't have bothered because we were anyway and we both said the most stupid things around her and just out of nerves. But she, there's no one else like her. I mean there's just no one else. I'd love to know her bag of tricks, you know.
VAN SUSTEREN: Anne Hathaway is another one of the stars of this movie. Did you know her before this movie?
BLUNT: No, we met in the rehearsal period and we hit it off. I mean we're the same age and we were kind of sparring buddies and we really needed each other on this. And so we'd kind of like riff ideas around and a lot of the scenes between us there was a lot that was kind of improvised on the day.
VAN SUSTEREN: Did you read the book that gave rise to this movie before you even were handed a script or even considered this movie?
BLUNT: I read it after. I read it after I read the script.
VAN SUSTEREN: The book and the script, how much do they track each other?
BLUNT: They're pretty, I mean they're pretty close but I think the script moves a little quicker. I think the characters are more dynamic, yes.
VAN SUSTEREN: Was this fun?
BLUNT: Was it fun?
VAN SUSTEREN: Yes.
BLUNT: It was too much fun. I had to be reeled in every day, you know. It was — we laughed so hard on this film. Yes, it was too much fun. It was agony with the shoes and being cinched in within an inch of our lives but worth it absolutely.
VAN SUSTEREN: Well it certainly is worth going to. It's a great movie for the summer. People should go out and see it. It's a great movie.
BLUNT: Thank you.
VAN SUSTEREN: Emily you did a great job. It was fun watching you.
BLUNT: Thank you so much. Greta, my boyfriend loves you. He wants you to know, obsessed.
VAN SUSTEREN: I'm extremely flattered, thank you Emily.
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