Anne Hathaway admits it took several auditions to land a part in a Nancy Meyers-directed film
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Third time’s the charm!

When Anne Hathaway first read the script for her upcoming film The Intern, it wasn’t the character of Jules Ostin or getting to work with Robert De Niro that drew her in – it was the opportunity to finally appear in a film directed by Nancy Meyers.

“I just wanted to be in a Nancy Meyers movie,” Hathaway, 32, told PEOPLE at The Intern screening presented by The Cinema Society and Ruffino in New York City Tuesday night.

It turns out being in a Nancy Meyers movie has been a longtime goal of the actress. In fact, this was the third time she auditioned for a role in a film helmed by the esteemed director.

“I auditioned for What Women Want to be Mel Gibson‘s daughter and then I auditioned for The Holiday and I didn’t get it,” she explained.

But Hathaway isn’t bitter about not being cast: “It’s okay, she cast the right people and it all works out and I got this one,” she said.

Plus, getting to play a strong female in the workplace was certainly a perk for the Oscar-winning actress.

“I just think it’s cool that the role of the female boss is expanding past what it has been for many years, which is for many, many years it’s been she’s an ice queen, she’s a dragon lady, she’s the toughest boss, she’s a nightmare and Jules is none of those things,” she explains.

In the film, Hathaway plays Jules Ostin, the founder of a successful online fashion brand who hires and manages a senior citizen intern (De Niro).

“She’s tough, but she’s hardworking and passionate and sweet and sincere,” she also said. “I love that we’re getting to see more examples of how women in the workplace can be.”

The Intern opens in theaters Friday.