- California Doubling: The first movie was entirely filmed in Austin, Texas, despite starting in New York (to make for a more convincing street, Austin had brown plastic bags of fake trash and fake NYC taxi cabs). The second is mostly on location, except for a New York scene which clearly has a Las Vegas hotel in the background.
- The Cast Showoff: The contestant actresses are actually doing the talent tricks — except for Cheryl with the fire batons. Heather Burns was willing to learn how to twirl, but not to expose herself to flames (a professional replaces her).
- Cast the Expert: Almost. Michael Caine's (Victor) wife is a former Miss World contestant, and she was able to teach him the actual tricks of the pageant trade.
- Cast the Runner-Up: There was originally a scene with the real Miss New Jersey relinquishing her crown to Gracie. The scene was cut and as an apology to Jennifer Gareis, they had her appear in the crowd at the pageant as Miss New York's girlfriend Tina.
- Dawson Casting: In-universe example where she says she's over 30 and Miss USA contestants have to be aged 18-27.
- Deleted Role: Edward Herrmann originally appeared as Gracie's father, but his part was cut.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Heather Burns auditioned for Cheryl with long brown hair. Because they felt she looked too much like Sandra Bullock, she cut it to shoulder length and dyed it blonde.
- Name's the Same: Tomboy agent Sam Fuller from the sequel is also the same name as a film director.
- The Other Marty: Matt Dillon was cast as Eric Matthews at first, before getting replaced by Benjamin Bratt.
- Real-Life Relative: Sandra Bullock's then-husband Jesse James is seen losing an arm wrestling contest in the sequel.
- Refitted for Sequel: The backstory about Gracie's mother being a cop who died on duty.
- Throw It In!: Sandra Bullock ad-libbed most of Gracie's routine when she comes home after the restaurant mission.
- What Could Have Been:
- A scene was filmed with the original Miss New Jersey relinquishing her title. Because of pacing reasons, it was cut. Director Donald Petrie felt bad about cutting Jennifer Gareis's part, and had her appear as Miss New York's girlfriend Tina in the pageant scene.
- An entirely different version of the limo scene was filmed, with the driver originally played by Jeffrey Tambor.
- In the original script, Stan was in on Kathy's conspiracy to blow up the pageant.
- In an earlier draft of the script, Frank was a female character named Nora, Kathy's daughter and a member of a radical feminist terorist cell.
- The earlier screenplay ends with Gracie retiring from the FBI after the pageant and becoming a schoolteacher.
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