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Princess Diaries 2

 

"We only hinted at a relationship [between Clarisse and Joseph] in the first one. You wouldn’t believe how many people came up to me and asked “Are you and Joseph going to get together? Was there something going on between you two?"

Julie Andrews on Queen Clarisse and Joseph

Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Mia is ready to assume her role as princess of Genovia. But no sooner has she moved into the Royal Palace with her beautiful, wise grandmother Queen Clarisse than she learns her days as a princess are numbered - Mia's got to lose the tiara and immediately take the crown herself. As if getting ready to rule wasn't enough, the stakes for Mia have never been higher - with Genovian law stating that princesses must be married before being crowned, Mia's in for a parade of suitors who'd all like to be her king.


Queen Clarisse

Directed By

Garry Marshall
Screenplay By
Shonda Rhimes
Music By
John Debney
Release Date/Runtime
11 August 2004 (US)
113 Minutes
Character
Queen Clarisse Renaldi
Cast
 
Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo
   

 

Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement Curiosities
 
The song, "Your Crowning Glory", was the first time Julie Andrews had sung in public or on screen since she had throat surgery in 1997. She reportedly nailed the song on the first take, and brought tears to the eyes of the crew present. The song was specifically written to match Julie's voice so she could do it, it was agreed between Julie and Garry Marshall that if she didn't like the final result the song would cut off from the movie. "It's a very sweet little song and it was very specially written to kind of cope with my voice," she explains. "It's pitched very low, and I actually talk it more than sing it. I don't want the audience to think that I am back singing because I'm not -- Alas."
 
In the "mattress surfing scene", Clarisse tells Mia that she's "done a lot of flying in her time" in her day, a cheeky reference to Julie Andrews's famous Disney role in Mary Poppins (1964).
 
Julie Andrews does her own stunt in the mattress-surfing scene. "That's me up there," says Andrews proudly, adding that it was tricky and a little scary. "I had people [helping me] all the way. It took more than one take."
Hannah Schneider, who played "Dancing Princess Hannah" in the slumber party sequence, is Julie Andrews's granddaughter. Julie's daughter, Amy, makes a small appearance in the movie too, she appears on screen during princess Mia birthday party, she's credited as "Lady Blake".
 
Julie Andrews loves fresh flowers, and convinced Garry Marshall to use only real flowers in the arrangements inside Renaldi Castle. During the filming, she was constantly adjusting the arrangements, removing dying blossoms, etc. The centerpiece of the kitchen table (in the scene where Nicholas tops his chocolate mousse) got switched from a large piece (as seen in the background) to the cluster of small flowers seen in the final cut - the original arrangement got in the way of the filming.
 
Julie said about her character, Her Mage sty Queen Clarisse Renaldi of Genovia: "I have such fun with this character, because she's such a wacky, far out lady.  She's practical, very down-to-earth, but slightly eccentric. She is a very good monarch in that she cares so much for her country and its people, but she's also slightly sneaky, and perhaps a bit naive and innocent in some ways."
 
One of Mia's brush-off lines for Nicholas is, "It should take you exactly four seconds to cross from here to that door. I'll give you two." As Nicholas says, it's taken directly from Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" . This is a tribute to Audrey Hepburn, who is Anne Hathaway's idol.
 
The jewelry used by Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway and the  is all real. A guard was on set the whole time. The most expensive piece is the necklace that Julie is wearing at the wedding, it is reported to cost something like one million dollars.
 
Kathleen Marshall (Charlotte) said about Julie's perfect diction: "You want to speak so succinctly and slowly because she has such a beautiful voice and hits every syllable, and so you want to rise up to that," says the director's daughter. "It was an incredible exposure and lesson, just speaking beautifully."
 
Anne Hathaway said about Julie Andrews: "She's just fantastic, she's royalty, a lady with a capitol 'L. She knows how to make people laugh. When you're on a Julie Andrews set, she is the hostess, and she makes sure she knows everyone. She's completely gracious, and so witty and funny, and her great ideas always make a scene better."
 
Garry Marshall said about Julie: ."Julie Andrews is a pleasure to work with. She's done thousands of movies and she is such a veteran professional."
 
Julie said about the movie: "It's rare to find a movie that's enjoyable, entertaining and funny and also really compelling," concludes Julie Andrews. "This film has all of that, and also manages to kind of sneak in, through all of the humor, the importance of values such as decency and honor. It all comes through in the movie, but in the guise of having such a good time that you don't even realize you're getting the message till later."
 
Julie said about Hector Elizondo and their "love affair" in the movie: First of all, he's lovely to work with and everybody from the first movie, people would stop me on the street and say, 'Were you an item, and will you get together in the next one? Is he going to be in it?' They love him and his character. So I think it was a foregone conclusion that we had to do something in this new movie."

 

 

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