From Cadet Kelly, over High School Musical, to Camp Rock — it's no secret that the 2000s had quite a lot of amazing Disney Channel Original Movies! One of those is certainly also Princess Protection Program, which frankly is quite underrated. The movie stars Disney Channel icons Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato and it tells a story of friendship, girl power, and love.
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Today, we're taking a look at some interesting facts about the movie that plenty surely don't know. If you ever wondered what Selena and Demi's original roles were, how the movie made history, and where it was filmed — keep on scrolling to find out!
10 Originally, Selena Gomez Was Cast As Rosie And Demi Lovato Was Cast As CarterVia: Disney
Kicking the list off is the fact that many may not have been aware of — originally, Selena Gomez was cast to play Rosalinda Montoya Fiore a.k.a. Rosie Gonzalez while Demi Lovato was cast to play Carter Mason. However, later on, the filmmakers decided to switch their roles and both actresses were much happier with their characters.
9 And This Was The Second Time The Two Worked Together, After 'Barney And Friends'Via: IMDb
When Princess Protection Program came out, both Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were major Disney Channel stars. However, this wasn't the first project the two ladies worked on together — back when they were young kids both ladies appeared on the popular children's television show Barney and Friends, which is also how the two stars met.
8 For The Movie, Demi And Selena Recorded The Song "One And The Same"
Let's move on to the fact that for the popular Disney Channel movie Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato sang the duet "One and the Same" — but it's safe to say most of us have forgotten about this hit.
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The song — which was also featured on the compilation album, Disney Channel Playlist, released on June 9, 2009 — peaked at number 82 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
7 The Movie Was Filmed In Puerto RicoVia: Disney
Another fun fact about Princess Protection Program is that the movie wasn't actually shot in the United States. So while the majority of the movie is set in Lake Monroe, Louisiana, the entirety of the movie was shot in Puerto Rico at locations like Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola and Colegio San José in San Juan, the Serralles Castle in Ponce, and the Loíza Lake in Trujillo Alto.
6 Demi's Younger Half-Sister Madison De La Garza Makes A Cameo
Another thing that probably only die-hard fans know about Princess Protection Program is that Demi Lovato's real-life younger half-sister Madison De La Garza has a little cameo in the scene in which Rosalinda is reading a book to a group of kids. Madison is best known for portraying Juanita Solis in the drama show Desperate Housewives.
5 'Princess Protection Program' Will Turn 12 This SummerVia: Disney
There is no doubt that time flies because while it may seem as if Princess Protection Program was released only a couple of years ago the harsh truth is that this year the Disney Channel Original Movie will turn 12. The iconic Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato movie was released on June 26, 2009, and at the time both ladies were still 16 years old.
4 And It Won Two Teen Choice Awards
Princess Protection Program quickly became one of the biggest Disney Channel hits of that year — and at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, it definitely took home a few awards.
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In particular, the movie won in the category for Choice Summer TV Movie, and Selena Gomez took home the award for Choice Summer TV Star – Female.
3 It Was Also The First Disney Channel Original Movies To Be Released In A Widescreen FormatVia: Disney
Alright, this may not be as interesting as some of the other facts on our list — but Princess Protection Program still made history as it was the first Disney Channel movie to be released on DVD in a widescreen format. Yes, watching movies in a widescreen format may seem natural today — but millennials will surely remember that that was not always the case!
2 Rosie's Yellow Dress Is Inspired By Princess Belle From 'Beauty And The Beast'Via: Disney
One thing that plenty of fans surely have noticed is that Rosie's yellow gown in the movie definitely resembles the dress that Belle wore in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It definitely doesn't come as a surprise that the filmmakers drew inspiration from the Disney classic when it came to designing Rosie's dress — and the resemblance is certainly evident!
1 And Lastly, Back When 'Princess Protection Program' Was Filmed Selena And Demi Were Best Friends IRLVia: Instagram
And finally, wrapping the list up is the fact that back when Princess Protection Program was shot, Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were also best friends in real life. Of course, those who have been keeping up with the two stars know that their friendship has over the years grown weaker — and nowadays the two musicians are certainly not BFFs anymore.
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