Adrian Grenier on Being Called a Villain in 'The' 'Devil Wears Prada' : There's 'Truth in That Perspective'

Fans of the 2006 film have long called Adrian Grenier's character Nate — the boyfriend to Anne Hathaway's Andy — the real villain of the film, as opposed to Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly

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Adrian Grenier totally gets why fans have a bone to pick with his Devil Wears Prada character.

While chatting with Entertainment Weekly for a recent reunion interview alongside his fellow cast members, the 44-year-old actor opened up about viewers of the popular 2006 film calling his character Nate — the boyfriend to Anne Hathaway's Andy — "the villain" of the movie.

First noting that the fan discourse took him by surprise, Grenier said, "I didn't see some of the subtleties and the nuance of this character and what it represented in the film until the wisdom of the masses came online and started to push against the character and throw him under the bus, and I got flak."

"All those memes that came out were shocking to me," he continued. "It hadn't occurred to me until I started to really think about it ... in many ways he's very selfish and self-involved, it was all about him, he wasn't extending himself to support Andy in her career."

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Noting a specific occurrence from the film when his character becomes upset after Andy misses his birthday party for a work event, Grenier said he has since "come to realize the truth" in what fans have been saying about his character for years.

"At the end of the day, it's just a birthday, right? It's not the end of the world. I might've been as immature as him at the time, so I personally couldn't see his shortcomings," he explained. "But after time to reflect and much deliberation, I've come to realize the truth in that perspective."

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"[Andy] needed more out of the world than Nate, and she was achieving it," he continued of his realizations. "He couldn't support her like she needed to because he was a fragile, wounded boy. There's a selfishness and self-centeredness in that, and I think Andy needed to be held by a man who was an adult," he added. "On behalf of all the Nates out there: Come on! Step it up!"

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The Devil Wears Prada was released more than a decade ago and follows the story of a recent college graduate who lands a job at a top fashion magazine, where she finds herself becoming the assistant to chilly, high-powered editor Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep.

Alongside Grenier, Hathaway, 38, and Streep, 71, the film also stars Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci and Gisele Bündchen, among others.

Speaking with EW about Grenier's character, Hathaway said that she understands where Nate's frustrations came from and suggested that perhaps viewers aren't being "completely honest with themselves" when attacking him.

"Nate was pouty on his birthday because his girlfriend wasn't there! In hindsight, I'm sure he wishes he made a different choice, but who doesn't?" she said. "We've all been brats at different points. We all just need to live, let live, do better!"

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