The Princess Diaries: Ron Batzdorff
September 03, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

AGE 18
WHERE YOU’VE SEEN HER In Garry Marshall’s ”The Princess Diaries” as 15-year-old Mia Thermopolis, a geek-turned-blue-blooded beauty and future queen of (fictional) Genovia.
HOW SHE GOT THE PART After auditioning for Marshall, casting directors, and Disney suits, Hathaway says, ”I ran to the parking lot — I thought I was going to be sick.” Mia-like moments aside, she says she felt ”destined” for the role.
QUEEN OF HEARTS Julie Andrews, who plays the grandmother who helps transform Mia, took Hathaway — a fan of the Fair Lady since age 3 — under her wing off screen as well. ”She has the best sense of humor,” notes Hathaway. ”It’s kind of bawdy.”
DRAMATIC DEBUT The Brooklyn native and college sophomore played a troubled teen on Fox’s short-lived 1999 series ”Get Real.”
ALL IN THE FAMILY A trained soprano, Hathaway is the daughter of former ”Les Misérables” actress Kate McCauley.
CLASS CLOWN Mia’s klutziness wasn’t a stretch: ”I’m naturally clumsy. I was at breakfast the other day and broke a few plates.”

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