This is Us star Mandy Moore has definitely come a long way since her Candy days. With A Walk to Remember (yes, that tearjerker that allowed the then teenage pop sensation to show off her acting chops) marking its 15th year in 2017, we decided to take a walk down memory lane and review the main highlights of Mandy’s career and her journey to becoming the mature actress that she is now.
Just before the dawn of a new millennia, the world was introduced to 15-year-old Amanda Leigh “Mandy” Moore who just released her debut album, So Real. Understand that this was the time when every teenage girl was looking up to the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera as personal role models and for a while, breaking out of the same mold didn’t look so easy for Mandy. [Image Courtesy of gallery.mandymoore.com]
Mandy released her second album, I Wanna Be With You, in 2000. The hit single of the same name was included in the original soundtrack of the movie, Center Stage. While the film was barely what you would call a success, I Wanna Be With You peaked at No. 24 in the Billboard Hot 100, to become Mandy Moore’s highest-charting single to date.
Remember that time when Mandy Moore shared the screen with Anne Hathaway? In her first movie casting, she played a mean popular girl in the 2001 movie, The Princess Diaries.
A year after her acting debut, Mandy was cast in her first starring role as Jamie Sullivan in the movie adaptation of Nicholas Spark’s A Walk to Remember. Because she was still a minor, Moore was only allowed to work on the movie for 10 hours a day. However, she was awarded for her breakthrough performance in the MTV Movie Awards, as well as the Teen Choice Awards in that same year.
A Walk to Remember proved to be hard to follow for Moore, career-wise, with her next movie roles in How to Deal, That Summer, Someone Like You, and Chasing Liberty receiving mostly lukewarm reviews. In 2004, Mandy started her foray into independent films, starring in the comedy Saved! alongside Macaulay Culkin and Jena Malone. The satirical comedy-drama received positive reviews but not a wide distribution.
Mandy broke into the world of television acting in 2006, when she played a recurring role in hit TV series Scrubs and later on, in satirical comedy American Dreamz. [Image Courtesy of gallery.mandymoore.com]
In 2007, Moore released her fifth studio album, Wild Hope, with a new record label. Wild Hope went on to become Mandy Moore’s third-highest debuting album and marked the transition from her sugary pop beginnings into a more mature and thoughtful singer and songwriter.
In 2010, Disney animated film Tangled saw Mandy Moore in a significant voice acting role as beloved Rapunzel. Along with her co-actors, she performed songs from the movie soundtrack including “I See the Light,” which won Best Song Written for Visual Media and nominated for Best Original Song in the 83rd Academy Awards.
Not much has been heard from Mandy after she wed singer Ryan Adams in 2009 until their announcement of divorce in 2015, except for a handful of small roles and performances here and there. Tough as things have been for our girl, Mandy slowly made her way back to the spotlight 2016 when she got the role of Rebecca Pearson in NBC comedy-drama series This is Us. The series has received critical acclaim and Moore has even received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.
This is Us has been renewed by NBC through its third season so we’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of Mandy Moore in the coming months!