"Proud" Hilary Duff Reacts to A Cinderella Story Co-Star Jennifer Coolidge's Success

Hilary Duff and Jennifer Coolidge co-starred in the 2004 film A Cinderella Story. See what the How I Met Your Father actress says about The White Lotus star's award-winning year.

By Elyse Dupre Jan 27, 2023 8:54 PMTags
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We're so glad she had that talk.

You know, the one about how Jennifer Coolidge is absolutely killing it? Hilary Duff is so proud of her A Cinderella Story co-star.

"I can't even begin to tell you how much I've just been, like, obsessed with this past year for Jennifer Coolidge," the Lizzie McGuire alum said on the Jan. 26 episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. "Like, it's been really cool to see."

The two starred in the 2004 film—a high school rom-com version of the classic fairy tale in which Duff played the main character Sam and Coolidge portrayed her stepmother Fiona—along with Chad Michael Murray and Regina King.

And Duff still cherishes memories from their time on the set. As she recalled, "My favorite moment was her rubbing salmon on her face while filming A Cinderella Story and talking about the Omegas." Obviously!

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That particular moment then made Duff remember a story involving her 10-year-old son Luca, whom she shares with her ex-husband Mike Comrie.

"My son actually started eating sushi when he was, like, 3 and had a similar moment," the How I Met Your Father star—who also shares daughters Banks, 4, and Mae, 22 months, with husband Matthew Koma—said. "And I looked and I was like, 'You're just rubbing raw salmon on your face.' And it's like soft. And he did it, and it reminded me of her. And she's just everything."


While Coolidge has starred in several other popular movies (including Legally Blonde, American Pie and Best in Show), 2022 was a big year for the actress. Not only did she reprise her role of Tanya McQuoid in season two of The White Lotus, for which she received her first Emmy, but she also appeared in the show The Watcher.

"She's always been a lovely human being but I'm really proud to see her moment," Duff continued. "And I think it just reminds me that being in this industry, I feel so lucky that anything can happen at any stage. It's so dope."

Coolidge sent a similar message after winning a Critics Choice Award in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category earlier this month.

"For anyone who's sort of given up hope, I hope this gives you inspiration," she said during her acceptance speech. "It's not over 'til it's over. It's not over 'til you're dead."

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