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“I never wanted to be a princess”: After Beating Scarlett Johansson For a Career Changing Role, Anne Hathaway Faced One Major Obstacle During ‘The Princess Diaries’

Anne Hathaway's path to becoming a princess is now leading another actress to the throne.

"I never wanted to be a princess": After Beating Scarlett Johansson For a Career Changing Role, Anne Hathaway Faced One Major Obstacle During 'The Princess Diaries'


  • Anne Hathaway never wanted to be a princess before filming The Princess Diaries.
  • The actress thus focused more on the nuances of her character than her status.
  • The Princess Diaries 3 is reportedly in the works with Zendaya as the lead.

Anne Hathaway had her feature film debut with the 2001 coming-of-age comedy film The Princess Diaries, which is reportedly expected to feature the Emmy winner Zendaya in its next installments.

While Hathaway has shared that she is thrilled for a third installment in the film series, there has been no confirmation, either about the project or her involvement in it. Her performance as Mia Thermopolis has been one of her best, and fans would surely love to see more of it.

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

However, the Oscar winner was unsure about playing a princess in her feature film debut, as she later shared that she had difficulty channeling her character while filming the 2001 film.

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Anne Hathaway Did Not Want to Be a Princess

Anne Hathaway made her acting debut with the TV show Get Real before she landed the lead role in Disney’s 2001 comedy film The Princess Diaries. The movie follows a shy teenager, Mia Thermopolis, who learns that she is the heir to the throne of a European kingdom.

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Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries

The actress had tough competition for the role of Mia Thermopolis, as some of the established young actresses, including Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Kirsten Dunst, were also on the list of top contenders. When the Interstellar star landed the role, she was very excited and thrilled.

“I was woken up by the call that I got it, and I was so happy because I really wanted this role. It was really a dream come true,” she once told Entertainment Tonight. However, the actress had never dreamed of becoming a princess before that. “I never wanted to be a princess,” she said in an interview with Collider.

The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries

So, she decided to focus on the “psychological torture” that her character had to endure throughout the movie, as she had to come to terms with something that she wasn’t even ready for. This led the actress to focus on her character’s self-identity and personal growth rather than wanting to be a princess.

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Anne Hathaway is Thrilled With the Level of Excitement For a Threequel

A third installment in The Princess Diaries has been in talks for a while, and its lead star has said that she is thrilled with the excitement surrounding The Princess Diaries 3. Anne Hathaway reprised her role in the sequel that was released almost two decades ago in 2004.

Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis
Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis

There have been talks about a threequel, with recent rumors suggesting that it would follow a Gen Z biracial teen starring Zendaya. The movie is reportedly under development, and The Hustle star also talked about a potential threequel earlier this year.  During an interview with People, she said that she is thrilled to “see the level of excitement for it.”

She said about the nearly two decades of delay in the threequel, “We feel the exact same, and I know it’s probably very frustrating.” Aadrita Mukerji is reportedly working on The Princess Diaries 3 screenplay. While Hathaway is also alleged to be associated with the project, no official remarks have been made about it so far.

The Princess Diaries films are available on Disney+.

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.