Singer, songwriter, and actress Mandy Moore made waves in her early career, first as the opening act for bands like NSYNC and then the Backstreet Boys. When her career took off, the multi-talented Moore then looked at the movie side of the entertainment business and successfully crossed over. So, what is she doing now?
FED EX DELIVERS
Mandy Moore was barely a teenager when she began to work on music by herself. While living and going to school in Orlando, Florida, Moore was in a studio working on some music when she was overhead by FedEx deliveryman Victor Cade. To Moore’s luck, Cade had a friend that worked for Epic Records. He took an unfinished demo of Moore’s and sent it to his friend. Epic liked what they heard and signed Moore.
Candy was the name of Mandy Moore’s first single. It was also a big hit for Moore, debuting on Billboard’s Hot 100 at number 88 and peaking at 41. Candy was also on her debut album, So Real and while Moore was climbing the charts, she was immediately compared to singers of that time such as Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. They all had that same pop sound.
Mandy Moore quickly followed up on the success of her freshman album with I Wanna Be With You. Her first single from the album, same title as the album, was a big hit for Moore but the album was panned as it was a remix album and not a true follow-up to So Real.
Mandy Moore began to redefine her sound with her third album, the self-titled Mandy Moore. Her goal on this was to bring a more adult sound to her material as she noted in a Billboard interview that “all of the music has started to look and sound the same” and it was time for her to move in a different musical direction. She did with up-tempo dance and pop songs that had a decidedly Middle Eastern influence to it.
MANDY MOORE BECOMES A MOVIE STAR
With the release of her third album, Mandy Moore felt it was not only time to branch out musically, but also as a performer. Her first venture into moviemaking came in 2001 when she voiced the Girl Bear Cub in the Eddie Murphy film Dr. Dolittle 2. Her vocal performance would be a harbinger to what would be a successful career in animated films and series.
But Mandy Moore wasn’t satisfied with only vocal roles. She wanted to be on the big screen and grabbed her first feature film role in the 2001 hit The Princess Diaries. In it, she played the mean, popular girl who is the rival to Anne Hathaway’s Mia Thermopolis. She must have made an impression because it wasn’t long before Moore got her first lead role.
Mandy Moore landed the plum lead role in A Walk to Remember, a feature based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. The film, as well as Moore and co-star Shane West, received glowing reviews and Moore also had a single, Cry, which she released to help promote the Nicholas Sparks tearjerker.
The acting bug bit. Mandy Moore found herself in front of the camera more often than not while also continuing her music career and lending her vocal talent to the occasional animated film. After A Walk to Remember, Moore appeared in features such as How to Deal, Chasing Liberty, Saved!, and American Dreamz. During this time, she also lent her voice to Racing Stripes and Disney’s Brother Bear 2.
Musically speaking, Moore slowed a bit, only releasing one album during that timeframe, her fourth titled Coverage.
2007 was a big year for Mandy Moore. Her popularity on the big screen was rising as were the number of movies she was in. In 2007 alone Moore starred in four films – Because I Said So, License to Wed, Dedication, and Southland Tales. Moore also released her fifth album, Wild Hope, keeping her a very busy young lady.
MANDY MOORE STEPS AWAY
Perhaps Moore spread herself too thin in 2007 because, for the next couple of years, she stepped way back from the spotlight. Moore didn’t make any movies for two years though she was hard at work on her sixth studio album. This one, titled Amanda Leigh, was not released until 2009 and would be her last album until 2020’s Silver Landings.
In front of the camera, Moore was not seen again until she pulled down a recurring role in 2010 on the hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. This would also be the year that Moore would deliver her most popular vocal role.
In 2010, Mandy Moore’s talent to voice animated movies came to a head. Having already worked once with Disney, they knew who and what they were getting when Moore was brought on to voice Rapunzel in the hit animated film Disney’s Tangled. Her success in the role would see her return as the voice of Rapunzel in Tangled Ever After and Ralph Breaks the Internet as well as the animated television series’ Tangled: Before Ever After and Tangled: The Series.
But it wasn’t only Disney that employed Moore’s vocal talents. She was heard on episodes of The Simpsons, in Tron: Uprising, the animated series High School USA!, an episode of The Family Guy, and a long run on Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.
CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST
While Mandy Moore has enjoyed many accolades for her singing and feature films, perhaps her biggest accomplishment came doing something that had nothing to do with the entertainment industry. In 2019, Mandy Moore, along with a few close friends, made the ascent to the Mount Everest base camps. It was an accomplishment that she was proud to share on her Instagram page. She bean with a very lengthy post, beginning with “There is so much magic in these mountains,” then going on to describe her journey and its meaning to her. She posted pictures of her harrowing adventure as well as noting the training she had received from guide Melissa Reid was key in making it as far as she did. “Breathing at altitude, for instance, is not easy,” she said. “One of the greatest gifts/lessons that Melissa simultaneously bestowed on us during this trek was the fine art of pressure breathing. It makes all the difference as you climb higher.”
MANDY MOORE NOW
So, what exactly is Mandy Moore doing when she isn’t using her vocal talents for animated films or climbing up Mount Everest? Well, the talented actress has been starring in a TV series some of you may have heard of. For the past five seasons, Moore has been one of the leads on the very popular series This is Us, appearing in every episode to date. In it she plays Rebecca Pearson, wife to Jack (played by Milo Ventimiglia). The story focuses on Rebecca and Jack’s three children but uses both stars well in flashback scenes showing their lives before and after the children came into their lives.
Speaking of children, as if Mandy Moore wasn’t busy enough, she just gave birth to her first child in February 2021. New baby, hit series, new album. Maybe she’s not a movie star anymore, but she’s still out there and as busy as ever.