Anne Hathaway's first major role came in the short-lived
television series "Get Real" (1999). She gained widespread
recognition for her roles in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its
2004 sequel as a young girl who discovers she's a member of
royalty, opposite Julie Andrews and Heather Matarazzo.
She also had a notable role in Nicholas Nickleby (2002) opposite
Charlie Hunnam and Jamie Bell, and a starring role in Ella
Enchanted (2004). A former top-ranking soprano in New York,
Hathaway was reportedly a front-runner for the role of
"Christine" in the 2004 The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
However, due to scheduling conflicts with The Princess Diaries
2: Royal Engagement (2004), she couldn't take the role, which
was later given to newcomer Emmy Rossum.