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Christy Carlson Romano Reveals How She “Lost” Princess Diaries Role to Anne Hathaway

One reason Christy believes she had a real shot at playing Mia Thermopolis is because she and Anne had actually met before, while auditioning for another role. When she was 14, Christy auditioned for the Broadway show Parade, and she met Anne in the waiting room and noticed they looked alike. She admits they both have a “very similar smile,” big brown eyes and a singing voice.

“I did my best performance ever, my best audition in that room,” Christy recalled. Of course, she ended up being cast as Mary Phagan over Anne. 

Although they have competed for the same roles, Christy had nothing but nice things to stay about the Les Misérables star.

“She’s an amazing actress, obviously,” she said. “She’s a pretty cool chick… I’ve had a couple interactions with her that are all positive.”

In fact, she ran into Annie soon after the Princess Diaries casting. Christy said it was at Erik von Detten‘s birthday party in Malibu: “Anne was there. I said, ‘Hello? How are you? I met you in New York. I think you’re so great.’ She was so sweet, but it was a very brief moment and the movie hadn’t come out yet.”

Watch her full video above.

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