By Alice M. Lee
September 07, 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.”