- Disney’s “The Princess Diaries” premiered in 2001, but even superfans may not know these secrets.
- Director Garry Marshall and many of his family members made cameos in the film.
- The movie’s soundstage was also used for “Mary Poppins,” and it’s named after Julie Andrews.
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“I turned really fast, slipped on a puddle, and just I mean fell. I mean just absolutely fell, and burst out laughing and kept going with the scene. Never thought about it again,” she said. “All of a sudden, like six months later it’s in the trailer … He kept it because it was a charming moment.”
She told Glamour magazine in 2013 that starring as a princess in the hit film caused her to be categorized as a “good girl” in the industry, a label she spent years trying to break free of.
Brown can be seen in arriving at the Genovian Independence Ball toward the end of the film.
Front man Robert Schwartzman played her unrequited love interest, Michael Moscovitz. Although the rest of the band doesn’t appear in the film, their songs were used for the scenes with Schwartzman’s on-screen band.
Schwartzman didn’t appear in the sequel because he was touring with his band — which just so happens to be the same way his character was written off.
Cabot wrote she also used to imagine that her “real” parents were royalty and thus Mia Thermopolis was born.
The duo starred as autograph seekers in the first film and appear in the second film as Princess Camille and Princess Grace, respectively.
Marshall’s daughter, Kathleen, also appeared in both films as Charlotte Kutaway, the queen of Genovia’s secretary.
In both films, the leading actress has a scene where she accidentally breaks a wine glass, and in both films, the waiter who cleans it up is played by actor and writer Marvin Braverman.
In “The Princess Diaries,” Baverman even tells Hathaway’s character, “It happens all the time,” when she apologized for the mess.
For example, Hathaway helped come up with the broken-hairbrush scene and the pore strip her character wears in the movie.
If he looks familiar to fans, they may have seen him in nearly any other film directed by Marshall, including “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride,” and “Valentine’s Day.”
According to The San Franciso Chronicle, Elizondo said he thought he and Marshall worked well together.
“We complement each other,” he said. “Some call him the king of schmaltz. He loves schmaltz. And I tend not to go in that direction. I add another ingredient, something very realistic. We intersect, and it works somehow. Go figure it.”
He and Andrews helped persuade Marshall and the writers that their characters should end up together.
“We thickened the soup a little bit for the adults,” he said. “In the original script, he was just a guy who drove a limo. But slowly we evolved this other character. That came from a reading: Julie and I looked at each other and said, ‘Hmm, you’re cute.’ We liked each other very much.”
Outside of the Genovian consulate building in San Francisco, both Genovia’s flag and the flag of Europe are flying.
When he asked what she thinks they’d make in the country, she said, “Making it all up on the spur of the moment, I said, ‘Well I think they’d grow beautiful pears … and the nuns would probably make lace.'”
She continued, “Well, we had pears all over the set, and lace all over the place as well.”