Julie Andrews Shares Insight Into Her Bond With "Lovely" Princess Diaries Co-Star Anne Hathaway

Julie Andrews and Princess Diaries co-star Anne Hathaway will always be like family. See what she had to say about her onscreen granddaughter below.

By Daisy Maldonado Jul 06, 2022 11:00 PMTags
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She'll always be Grandma Clarisse.

Julie Andrews played Anne Hathaway's grandmother onscreen, in The Princess Diaries, but she considers her former co-star like family in real life. Case in point: The 86-year-old actress' latest interview with Vanity Fair, in which she had nothing but loving words about Anne as she reflected back on the filming of their 2001 coming-of-age comedy.

Describing Anne as a "lovely young, talented actress," Julie said it was "clear from the very first day of shooting" that the now-39-year-old was going to be a star. "She was incredibly talented, her instincts were so true," she noted. "She was very, very beautiful and just a lovely human being."

At the time of filming, Anne was just 18 years old, with her role as Princess Mia Thermopolis being her first major film. Soon after production began, Julie—who played Queen Clarisse Renaldi—and Anne's offscreen relationship started to mimic that of their characters. 

"It was great fun to watch her growing and learning and I think that I probably was a bit of a mum to her too," Julie recalled. "We're great friends."

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As for a potential third installment of the Princess Diaries series, Julie previously admitted it's highly unlikely she'll be making a royal return.

"I think it would be too late to do it now," she shared with The Hollywood Reporter on June 8. "There was talk of a sequel many, many years ago. But I don't think it ever came to pass."

She also noted that the 2016 passing of Garry Marshall, who directed The Princess Diaries and its 2004 sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, is another reason why she's not so keen on making the series a trilogy.


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"[For] especially me, it's too far down the line now to go back to it," she explained. "It's a lovely thought, but I don't think it would probably be possible."

Reunion or not, we'll always have Genovia.