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A Complete History of Stars Who Have Played Cinderella
Selena Gomez’s Another Cinderella Story came out 13 years ago today.
In 2008, Selena Gomez invented main character energy with her performance in Another Cinderella Story. The musical rom-com took Selena from a Disney sitcom actress to a full-blown movie star. She was hilarious and relatable, but the “Boyfriend” singer was also a total rockstar. Her insanely catchy song “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” appeared on the movie’s soundtrack and is still a party starter if you’re with the right crowd. However, the surge in reboots of Cinderella movies didn’t start with Selena.
To celebrate the anniversary of Selena’s breakout role, here’s an extensive history of some of the most iconic Cinderellas we’ve seen over the years.
In 1997, Brandy transformed the character from a fictional cartoon princess to a role model for girls everywhere. Brandy’s portrayal of Cinderella was both relatable and aspirational, making her a role model for viewers.
Princesses were everywhere in 2004. Anne Hathaway starred in not one, but TWO royal inspired movies that year. She returned as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, one of the most celebrated princess movies of all time. While Mia’s character wasn’t Cinderella, the film followed the same storyline and was meant to be a modern twist on the classic fairytale.
If you haven’t seen The Princess Diaries yet, it’s a MUST watch. Here’s the trailer:
A few months before the second Princess Diaries was released, Anne took on another princess role in Ella Enchanted. Ella’s name is obviously a play on the name Cinderella, but the plot is a bit different. Ella carries an unfortunate curse that makes her do as she’s told, no matter what. Both of Anne Hathaway’s princess blockbusters were huge hits, making sure the royal flicks weren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Watch the Ella Enchanted trailer below.
That same year, Hilary Duff gave us a performance that would go on to become one of her most celebrated of all time. Hilary starred as Samantha in A Cinderella Story alongside the king of Young Hollywood in 2004, Chad Michael Murray. Putting these two together is still one of the greatest casting jobs of all time.
In addition to the classic teen vibes you’ll get from this movie, it’s also a gold mine for well-known movie quotes. Whether you’re using Hilary’s waiting-in-the-rain monologue or the evil stepmom’s “You’re not very pretty and you’re not very smart,” everyone will know what you’re referencing.
Here’s the trailer:
Four years after the success of Hilary’s Cinderella, it was Selena’s turn. She landed the role of Mary Santiago in Another Cinderella Story with singer Drew Seeley. Selena had only been starring in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place for one year at that point, but was quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars. The movie’s success turned Selena into a singing movie star who could carry her own film. It was huge for Selena’s career.
If you haven’t seen it, cancel your plans tonight. Here’s where you can buy it on iTunes or Amazon. You can thank me later. In the meantime, watch Selena’s music video for “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” from the movie’s original soundtrack.
In 2011, a new Cinderella was in town! Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale played Katie Gibbs in A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song in 2011 alongside Megan Park and Freddie Stroma. You might also recognize Titus Makin Jr. from Glee and Pretty Little Liars in this one.
Sofia Carson was the next Disney darling to take on the role. In 2016, she brought Tessa to life in A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits. Check out this musical number from the movie:
And just a few weeks ago, Camila Cabello joined the exclusive Cinderella club with her version of the classic fairytale. Camila was excited to portray the princess and inspire young women just like her. In an interview with Collider, she said, “I feel like I try to be as responsible as I can with my platform and putting forth messages that I stand by and feel like right to me. That is why I did the film. It’s just really empowering for women, and really empowering for me. It doesn’t have these messages that are this black and white way of looking at people, where they’re either good or they’re evil. It just has this complexity that I think is really beautiful.”