Mia Thermopolis

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Mia Thermopolis
The Princess Diaries character
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Mia as portrayed by Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries film.
First appearance Book Series:
The Princess Diaries
Movie Series:
The Princess Diaries
Last appearance Book Series:
Forever Princess
Movie Series:
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Created by Meg Cabot
Portrayed by Anne Hathaway
Information
Aliases Mia Thermopolis
Gender Female
Occupation Book Series:
High School Student
Author

Movie Series:
High School Student
Queen of Genovia
Family Book Series:
Philippe, Sovereign Prince (father)
Helen Thermopolis (mother)
Clarisse Renaldo, Dowager Princess of Genovia (grandmother)
Frank Gianini (step-father)
Rocky Thermopolis-Gianini (half-brother)

Movie Series:
Helen Thermopolis (mother)
Prince Philippe Renaldi (father; deceased)
Patrick O'Connell (step-father)
Trevor Thermopolis-O'Connell (half-brother)
Prince Pierre Renaldi (uncle;unseen in the movies)
Queen Clarisse Renaldi (grandmother)
Nationality American and Genovian

Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Grimaldi Renaldo (Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi in the film series), also known as Mia Thermopolis, is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Princess Diaries novels by Meg Cabot. The story revolves around her diary, which she writes in religiously, and her relationships with her best friend Lilly Moscovitz, her long-time boyfriend and "the love of her life" Michael Moscovitz, her grandmother, and others. She is the heir to the throne of the fictional country, the Principality of Genovia, having been pushed into the title.

In the films Mia lives in a loft in New York City, with her mother, Helen Thermopolis, and her ginger cat, Fat Louie. Helen begins dating Mia's algebra teacher, Frank Gianini, during Mia's freshman year, and as the series develops Helen and Frank get married and have a child together. During the year she attends Albert Einstein High School, and spends her holidays in Miragnac, a castle in Genovia.

Background/Family[edit]

Mia's mother Helen is an upbeat artist who is featured various times in Art in America magazine. Helen's painting Woman Waiting for Price Check at the Grand Union won her a national award. Helen comes from a fairly simple, typical American background. Some of Mia's headstrong and modern opinions, including her feminism, come from Helen.

Mia thoroughly hates her Grandmère, Clarisse Renaldo, Dowager Princess of Genovia. Clarisse is constantly portrayed as an elegant and picky woman. At the beginning she is quite grumpy and harsh on Mia, but eventually warms up and develops a grandmotherly relationship with her. She is a key person in Mia's royal education. During her stays in New York Clarisse stays at the Plaza Hotel Suite with her miniature poodle, Rommel, which Mia also describes as a giant rat. She's a native French speaker, and lives in Miragnac, castle in southern France, surrounded by European socialites.

Philippe, Mia's father, is the Sovereign Prince of Genovia. In the book series, he is alive, but dies before the events of the movie. Mia and Philippe's relationship is strained, as Mia rarely sees him before starting her princess education. However, he is noted to be fairly calm and lenient, except in the case of Mia's modem during one winter holiday.

Education[edit]

Albert Einstein High School is headed by Principal Gupta. The school makes various attempts to celebrate and encourage diversity, including the Cultural Diversity Dance in October and the Non-Denominational Winter Dance. The school has a very complete core-curriculum and prides itself in its gifted students. Mia is often sarcastic towards her placement in the Gifted & Talented class, claiming she was put there to improve her lowly grade in Algebra. The teacher in charge of G & T is Mrs. Hill, who spends class time in the teacher's lounge across the hall. The mascot of AEHS is the Lion. At the end of the novel series Mia completes high school and moves on to Sarah Lawrence College.

In the final book, Forever Princess, Mia becomes a published author, having written the book Ransom My Heart, and begins what she believes is her true career.

Mia in the Films[edit]

Mia was portrayed in the films by Anne Hathaway, in what would prove to be her breakthrough role.

In the films, her father was the Crown Prince but was killed in an accident, meaning Mia was the only heir to the throne left. This differs from the books: Her father is alive throughout the series, but became sterile after having testicular cancer, leaving Mia as the only heir to the throne.

Titles, Styles and Honours (in the movies)[edit]

  • Age 0-15: Miss Amelia Thermopolis
    • in Genovia: Her Royal Highness Princess Amelia of Genovia
  • Age 15-21: Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess of Genovia
  • Age 21-Later: Her Majesty The Queen of Genovia

Flings and romantic relationships (book series)[edit]

Boy Status Start Up Broke Up Reason
Josh Richter Kissed; one date The Princess Diaries Josh merely desired a chance under the spotlight.
Kenneth "Kenny" Showalter Boyfriend Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight Volume III: Princess in Love Kenny became Mia's secret admirer, whom she believed to be Michael, and when he revealed himself to her, she believed she was obligated to give him a chance. They later broke up due to her crush on Michael.
Michael Moscovitz Boyfriend Volume III: Princess in Love Volume VIII: Princess on the Brink Before Michael leaves for Japan, Mia finds out that he slept with Judith Gershner (in a past relationship) but then realizes her mistake but it's too late; Michael is on the plane.
Volume X: Forever Princess Michael's Cardio arm becomes a huge success and he returns to America. Mia still loves Michael and so does Michael undyingly love her. After she comes to know the truth about JP she breaks up with him in front of Michael and they both unite again after Michael confesses his undying love for her. Mia finally loses her virginity to Michael towards the end and they're extremely happy together.
John Paul (J.P.) Reynolds Abernathy the Fourth Boyfriend Volume IX: Princess Mia Volume X: Forever Princess J.P. simply manipulated Mia as means for media attention; dating, and subsequently breaking up with Lilly, Mia's friend, to achieve intimacy.

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