'PRINCESS DIARIES 2' Hathaway: No worries for future
She's unconcerned about getting typecast, despite previous princess roles.
By DAVID GERMAIN
LOS ANGELES -- Either that princess training really rubbed off on Anne Hathaway, or she's a palace natural possessing a queen's confidence and a diplomat's discretion.
Without a hint of vanity, the 21-year-old star of 2001's surprise hit "The Princess Diaries" and its sequel "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" speaks assuredly of her talents and the Hollywood future she hopes to build.
Hathaway talks with candor rare among young performers prone to caution and eloquence that often eludes actors twice her age.
She is able to affectionately embrace the girl-power franchise that made her a star while judiciously distancing herself from the role of Mia, the klutzy American kid who blossoms into a regal presence after she learns she's heir to the throne of a small European country.
"I'm mutton dressed as lamb," Hathaway said of playing Mia again in "Princess Diaries 2." "I'm a 21-year-old in a G-rated movie. This isn't exactly the kind of artistic choices that I want to be making right now, but at the same time, I'm grateful to be able to make them."
The sequel reunites her with director Garry Marshall and co-star Julie Andrews, who returns as Queen Clarisse, coaching granddaughter Mia through the trials of an arranged marriage as she prepares to inherit the crown.
After two flicks as Mia and last spring's fairy-tale romance "Ella Enchanted," Hathaway figures her princess days are over.
"Of course, you can never say never. If I'm asked to play Queen Rania in a film, I might say yes, just because I think she's a fascinating woman," Hathaway told The Associated Press. "But I think I've done a lot in this genre, and I'm ready to tackle new ones."
A trained soprano, Hathaway starred in the Broadway musical "Carnival" and now is looking for a movie musical. One of her great disappointments was that "Princess Diaries 2" prevented her from taking a role in the movie version of stage musical "The Phantom of the Opera," due out late this year.
She is on the hunt for another stage play and is thinking of cutting an album, possibly singing jazz or alternative rock. Hathaway has done two film dramas, the missionary tale "The Other Side of Heaven" and the period saga "Nicholas Nickleby," and has two more in the works.
Already shot is the independent film "Havoc," the story of two young women from affluent suburban homes caught in a dark clash of cultures among Latino gangs in East Los Angeles.
She now is filming "Brokeback Mountain," directed by Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), a story of 1960s cowboy lovers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger) concealing their relationship. Hathaway plays Gyllenhaal's embittered wife.
With the range of roles she hopes to land, Hathaway is unconcerned about getting typecast as the wholesome princess.
"I'm not any of these characters that I play. I'm an actor, and if I can say so without sounding arrogant, I think I'm a very good actor," Hathaway said.
"I don't know how to say this except to say Ang Lee just hired me. I'm not saying that to be like, ha-ha, told you so. It's kind of like, he wasn't scared off by the princess thing. He just saw that I was an actress who could play the part, and I'm assuming there are other people out there in the world, directors that I will work with, who will feel the same way."