Trivia / The Princess Diaries

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Mia recites a line from Romeo and Juliet, as a nod to the fact that her actress is named after William Shakespeare's wife.
    • In the second film, Clarisse says that she's done a lot of flying in her time. An obvious nod to Mary Poppins.
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Anne Hathaway mentioned having a retainer when she was younger, that gave her trouble speaking. So Garry Marshall wrote the retainer scene in, and had Anne bring her old one.
    • It was also Anne's idea to be wearing a pore strip on her nose when Michael visits Mia at her house, and for the brush to break in her hair as she's getting her makeover.
  • The Cameo: Freakin' Stan Lee in the sequel. And that was before anyone even thought about the idea of Disney buying Marvel. Sofia Loren also cameos in the birthday party scene.
  • Career Resurrection: Julie Andrews had dropped off the radar for a while, especially after a botched surgery left her without the use of her famous singing voice. The success of this put her back in the public eye, giving her film career a second wind.
  • Corpsing: The scene where Mia falls off the bleachers and bursts out laughing was an instance of this. Anne Hathaway tripped, and Heather Matarazzo breaks character briefly to check on her. As it was in character for Mia, the director left it in.
  • Creator In-Joke: When Mia drops something at the state dinner, a waiter says "it happens all the time". The same actor played a waiter in Pretty Woman, also directed by Garry Marshall.
  • Dancing Bear: The sequel was heavily promoted around the fact that Julie Andrews would sing for the first time in seven years.
  • Dawson Casting: Just about. Anne Hathaway was eighteen playing a fifteen-year-old who turns sixteen. Heather Matarazzo was the same age, and Mandy Moore was sixteen.
  • Defictionalization: Of a sorts - Heather Matarazzo now runs a podcast called "Shut Up and Listen", like Lilly's show.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The trailers for the sequel contained a reaction shot for Mia when Clarisse says "shut up!" in the courtroom ("Grandma said shut up?") that doesn't appear in the film.
  • Playing Against Type: Mandy Moore as an Alpha Bitch.
  • Production Posse: Garry Marshall had directed Hector Elizondo, Kathleen Marshall, Patrick Richwood and Larry Miller in Pretty Woman.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Charlotte is played by Kathleen Marshall, who is Garry Marshall's daughter. His son has a cameo as a photographer when Mia is exposed at school.
    • The directors twin granddaughters Lily and Charlotte appear asking Mia for autographs.
    • Anne Hathaway's father appears as Mia's deceased father in the picture. Her mother appears as a choir director in the sequel.
    • Hector Elizondo's granddaughter plays the Prime Minister's daughter who complains "I'm not allowed to go to the party."
    • Julie Andrews's granddaughter Hannah plays one of the princesses mattress surfing in the sequel.
    • Brother and sister Spencer and Abigail Breslin have small roles in the sequel; Spencer as Prince Jacques and Abigail as Carolina, an orphan girl in the parade.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Robert Schwartzmann was busy touring with his band when the sequel was produced, which is why Mia's narration says they are Better as Friends at the start.
  • Star-Making Role: Everyone instantly knew who Anne Hathaway was after this.
  • Throw It In:
    • When Mia accidentally sets fire to a man's arm at the state dinner, the flames were supposed to go out when he put his arm in the ice bucket. They didn't, Anne Hathaway panicked and threw water on him. The take is used in the final film.
    • When Mia and Lilly are talking on the basketball court, Mia slips and falls. That was Anne actually slipping then staying in character.
    • Late in the sequel, when Mia and Andrew kiss, we cut to a shot of a goat... One that moos like a cow. According to the audio commentary, this was accidental, but kept in because such a thing, in Julie Andrews' words, would be okay in Genovia.
    • The relationship between Joe and Queen Clarisse was a throw-in by mutual agreement between Julie Andrews and Hector Elizondo, who felt that a romance between people over 50 was important to tell. When the sequel came around, it became a major plot point.
    • During production, the filmmakers found that cutting to Charlotte for a reaction shot was a good way to end several scenes. So in the credits, she's billed as 'Charlotte Kutaway'.
  • What Could Have Been:
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