Hollywood stars

Hollywood stars who fell head over heels in love with Edinburgh

Hudgens, 32, returned to Edinburgh for the final film in the hit series, which airs on Netflix.

Speaking to the PA News Agency following the release of Princess Switch’s third installment over the weekend, she said: “This is the second time we’ve been filming in Scotland during the holiday season, which is simply magical because Scotland is a magical place.

“I was in Edinburgh city center, and the first year it was absolutely magical because next door there were Christmas markets and rides and all the things that are Christmas you could ever get. wanting, and that really made the whole experience so magical.

“But this past year, with the pandemic, there was no Christmas market and that Christmas spirit that I fell in love with was not really in the air.

“It has been a difficult time for everyone and I feel very blessed and lucky to be able to make this film at a time when we all need comfort.”

While the city hasn’t been able to bring the festivities back for 2020, Hudgens and the production team agree that Edinburgh served as the perfect backdrop for the films, and they aren’t the only ones.

In recent years, Edinburgh has grown in popularity for the production of blockbuster films. From the misty peaks of Arthurs Seat to the majesty of Edinburgh Castle, something brings the Hollywood elite above the pond.

Scarlett Johansson spent some time in Edinburgh during the filming of Avengers Assemble and seemed to find the city’s waterholes a bit on the hideout side …



Scarlett Johansson played the role of Black Widow in the Avengers franchise.

The Lost in Translation star said: “We were in Edinburgh and obviously there are tons of things to do there.

“We went to a lot of local bars and people got a little crazy.

“I couldn’t find any wings though. What is this all about?”

Although she is clearly not aware that she could have ordered KFC on Uber, Johansson was spotted in the Roseleaf pub in Leith and apparently tasted poached eggs on toast. Very healthy.

So there you go, Johansson might appreciate what the city has to offer, but someone’s got to point the actress to some chicken wings on her next visit.

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John Cena had nothing but praise for the capital.

The star filmed scenes in 2019 for Fast & The Furious 9, and told the BBC: “It’s a very definable city, but it’s also a great city to say ‘yes let’s destroy some of that, it would be fun.

“It is better than your typical landscape of buildings which are all the same or all glass and you cannot distinguish between them.”

While his comments on the destruction of the city are questionable, I think there were compliments as well. We won’t blame you, John.

And how can we forget Ewan McGregor, the Perthshire-born actor whose love for the Scottish capital has never wavered, even through his rise to Hollywood.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2015, he said: “It is absolutely lovely to come to the Edinburgh Film Festival.

“I have always loved being here. It’s good for me because I’m coming home.

McGregor has been linked with Edinburgh for many years, having played Renton in the Trainspotting movies.

McGregor also declared his love for Chop House to Leith, so if you want to dine like the rich and famous, this is where you buy your next steak.

Another British star in love with the historic beauty of Edinburgh was Alan Rickman.

Before his death in 2016, he spoke of his strong connection to the city.

He said: “I always feel like when I come to Edinburgh in many ways I come home.

“I have had some of the most profound theater experiences of my life here. He just defines the word theater when you come on [Edinburgh] Festival, I had a great time here.

Rickman has a long history with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, appearing several times in different productions in the mid-1970s. He went on to play Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, and although none of the films were produced in Edinburgh, the film is known to be inspired by the city streets.

More recently, you’ll probably remember the buzz when Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams came to Edinburgh to film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.



The film Eurovision has been partially shot and is set in Edinburgh.
The film Eurovision has been partially shot and is set in Edinburgh.

McAdams said she was completely drawn to the beauty of the city, although her experience was tempered by a “spooky” encounter: “We were filming a street scene in Edinburgh and there was a woman at a window, carrying sunglasses for some reason, towards us.

“Will be [Ferrell] pointed out to her saying that she was a ghost… I was totally panicked. Then I saw her a few nights later when we were filming again elsewhere in Scotland.

“I was terrified, thinking that this ghost woman was haunting us somehow.

“That’s when Will took pity on me.” I think he was worried about my mental state at the time because he immediately confessed that he asked one of the makeup artists to dress exactly like the woman we saw at the window. in Edinburgh.

It looks like Ferrell may have had negative influences on her experience as a whole, but we hear that she loved the Capital anyway.

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing The Star is out now on Netflix.