- “The Princess Diaries” (2001), starring Anne Hathaway, is full of Easter eggs and subtle mistakes.
- Fans might’ve missed Mia’s glasses disappearing and the Genovian motto being misspelled.
- Hathaway actually fell on the bleachers unintentionally, but the scene still made the final cut.
Mia’s glasses disappear and reappear during the opening scene.
The movie starts with Mia upstairs in her room getting ready for school with her glasses on.
The glasses disappear when she slides down the fire pole immediately afterward but reappear almost instantly when her mom hands her the trash.
The outside of Mia’s house showcases her mother’s art skills.
Mia’s mom is an artist, and her projects are frequently shown around the apartment.
On the outside of their house, the trash can and mailbox are also decorated with vibrant colors.
The notes for Mia’s debate class are biased against her argument.
During debate class, Josh has to defend “Casual Dress Fridays” while Mia argues against the idea.
A bullet point under Mia’s side of the debate says “Basically stinks,” showing that the class may be biased against her before she even speaks.
The Genovian “G” is shown in the same font whenever it appears.
Genovia’s crest and flag appear throughout the movie, and the country appears to have a standardized way of writing its capital “G.”
The initial appears on fences, on the cover of Mia’s father’s diary, and even in the soup served during the formal dinner.
Paolo’s assistants are wearing lipstick-printed shirts.
Gretchen and Helga, Paolo’s assistants, are dressed in memorable fashion looks for Mia’s makeover.
Their outfits include shirts with a lipstick pattern underneath purple snakeskin dresses, which is fitting since they’re giving Mia a makeover.
Mia’s room shows off some of her interests.
Mia has several stickers in her room with slogans about protecting the environment. One reads “Respect the beach” and the other says “Clean water.”
She also has a poster for singer-songwriter Elliott Smith by the staircase in her room.
Mia already had the books her grandmother gave her.
Mia’s grandmother, Clarisse, gives Mia a stack of books to read for her princess training. They include “Emma” and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen and “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf.
But Mia actually already had copies of these books in her bedroom during the opening scene.
Mia wears clothes with cat designs on them throughout the film.
Mia’s love for her cat is reflected in her wardrobe as she wears several cat-themed clothes. She also has pajamas with a cat pattern and a cat-print blanket on her bed.
Anne Hathaway actually fell while filming the bleacher scene.
While Lilly’s listing reasons for Mia not to be a princess, Mia falls down on the bleachers. She starts laughing and asks Lilly to continue after confirming she’s OK.
In an interview for “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall,” Hathaway said she “just absolutely fell, and burst out laughing and kept going with the scene. Never thought about it again.”
Heather Matarazzo, who played Lilly, appears to break character by grinning when Hathaway falls, but they continue with the scene.
“All of a sudden, like six months later it’s in the trailer,” Hathaway said during the TV tribute.
An actor from “Pretty Woman” (1990) appears and recites an exact line from the film.
Marvin Braverman appears as a waiter during the formal dinner scene.
When Mia breaks her glass, he reassures her by saying, “It happens all the time,” which is the exact line he said as a waiter in “Pretty Woman,” directed by Marshall.
The corn dog Mia takes a bite from is whole again a few seconds later.
When Mia shows her grandmother around San Francisco, they share a corn dog.
Mia bites it before passing it off, but when Clarisse goes to take a bite, the corn dog’s fully intact.
Marshall’s grandchildren appear in the film.
Mia signs autographs for a set of twins, Lily and Charlotte.
The twins are actually played by Marshall’s real grandchildren. There’s also a building at Mia’s school named after them, the Lily and Charlotte Grove Building.
Josh named his boat after himself.
During the beach party, Josh is seen sailing a boat that he apparently named after himself. “The Josher” is printed on the side of it.
His interest in sailing is first shown earlier in the movie through the yachting magazine in his locker.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appears as himself.
One of the guests for the formal ball is San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
Brown was the actual mayor of the California city at the time and played himself in the film.
The newly appointed “Order of the Rose” members appear at the ball.
Clarisse appoints a trolley driver and a police officer as members of the Genovian Order of the Rose, an organization she makes up on the spot to prevent Mia’s arrest.
Both men later appear as guests at the royal ball.
There’s a mid-credit scene with Mia.
Viewers who watch the credits are rewarded with an additional scene that shows Mia falling as she attempts to kick a soccer ball in a scene cut from her gym class.