Christy Carlson Romano Recounts Missing Her “Princess Diaries” Audition

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Former Disney Channel star Christy Carlson Romano recently revealed that she had intended to try out for the Princess Diaries role that ultimately went to Anne Hathaway, but reportedly had to miss her audition due to her production schedule for Even Stevens. In a YouTube video, Christy recounted that fateful day, recalling that she wasn't able to send a tape of herself to the casting directors. “If you didn't show up for the audition, chances are you weren't gonna get an opportunity,” she explained. “And this was a big one.”

She went on to describe the disappointment she felt at the time. “It was a big chance, and unfortunately, I didn't get a chance,” Christy said, adding that The Princess Diaries would have been a life-altering change to her career if she had gotten the role. “I wanted to do this audition so badly. I don't know why, but I just knew it could be a big deal for me. I didn't get that audition. I didn't get to go because we had to film overtime or something like that. So, sadly, I never got my shot at that.”

Although Christy has some regrets about the missed audition, she doesn’t harbor any resentment or hard feelings toward Anne. She made a point to explain in her video that she and Anne have met several times, adding that the Devil Wears Prada star was certainly the right fit for the role of Mia. “She’s amazing,” Christy added. “She was so cute in it, and so charming.”

She was also clear about fans not comparing the two actors, despite the fact that they were interested in the same role. “It's not fair to pit women against each other,” Christy said. “I think we can all support one another… Just because [Anne Hathaway] looks like me doesn't mean we're the same talent. It doesn't mean that she or I have more or less talent.”

The Princess Diaries first graced our lives in 2001, a year after the release of Meg Cabot’s novel of the same name. The sequel made its debut in 2004, and there’s been plenty of buzz surrounding a possible third movie in the works. Back in 2019, Anne revealed that a Princess Diaries 3 sequel exists, and that the entire team is basically on board. “I want to do it, Julie wants to do it, Debra Martin Chase (our producer) wants to do it,” she said during an episode of Watch What Happens Live. “We all really want it to happen. It's just, we don't want to do it unless it's perfect, because we love it just as much as you guys love it.” Well, in that case, they must love it a whole lot — and we’ll be ready for that third movie whenever it happens to come our way.

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