The transformation of Mandy Moore

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Mandy Moore is one of those likable celebrities, which make you feel like she is the girl next door. She made quite a career, and she is continuing with her success in Hollywood. Let’s take a look at the transformation of Many Moore.


Amanda Leigh Moore was born on April 10, 1984, in New Hampshire. She soon moved to Orlando, Florida, where she grew up. With a normal childhood, she wanted to become a singer after she watched Guys and Dolls when she was 6 years old. She shared with Cosmopolitan, “I don’t think I had the aspiration to be a star growing up. I loved Madonna and Bette Midler, and I had my karaoke machine and would sing their songs.”

Singing career

She performed at sporting events in the beginning. One day, a FedEx delivery guy, Victor Cade heard her sing, and he gave her demo to his friend who was employed at Sony Music. When she was 15 years old, in 1999, she joined NSYNC on their tour, with her first single, ‘’Candy.’’ With success came the negative side of the show business. “When I was first starting out in the music industry, I was always coupled in the same sentence with Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera — and I was probably the worst of them. I think a lot of people back then thought, Mandy Moore…she’ll probably go back to where she came from in a year. But I’ve created my own path, and I’m content with it.”

90s fashion

She shared with People regarding her fashion choices during the 90s, “I started when I was 15… I had no idea who I was or what I was doing, and so there’s a lot from that time period… I’d say between 15 and like 19, 20. I give myself a bit of a pass, but there’s like leather pants with fringe on them. In the ‘Candy’ video, I decided it was really cool to tie a leather ribbon around [my arm]. That was my choice.”


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She began her acting career with roles in Dr. Dolittle 2 and The Princess Diaries. In 2002, the 17-year-old Mandy Moore landed a role in A Walk to Remember, based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks. She talked about her experience and her co-star, Shane West with The Huffington Post, “I was so fresh-faced and naïve. I felt incredibly lucky right off the bat that I had someone who was as willing to work with me and who was patient and understanding. He was just the perfect partner for that.” She changed her blonde hair to brunette for the movie, and she shared with People on the matter, “It was transformative because it came at a time in my life when I was only seen from the pop music landscape and through that lens. There was a real significance to coloring my hair. As silly as it sounds, there was a real significance in the way that people saw me, but also in the way that I carried myself and that I saw myself. It was the last little piece of the puzzle, I think, in terms of getting into the character.”

Further success

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After the success of A Walk to Remember, she continued to pursue her career. “I think Saved! was the beginning for me,” she shared with Elle. ‘’It was the start of people saying, ‘Hey, maybe she’s a serious actress. Maybe she’s in this for the long haul.’ And once you have that feeling, doing work you’re really proud of, you want more of it.” In 2005, she launched a fashion line, Mblem. Even though the line didn’t last very long, she was very proud of her fashion business. “I love the fashion world. I’m fascinated by it. I’m humbled by it… If I were to dip my toe back in there, it would have to be the right situation… a great partnership that could represent a true reflection of me and my ideas, and you know, that wasn’t happening. So next go round, that needs to be top of the list.”

Music career

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She had more success in the acting world, then with her singing career, despite the fact that is how she started in show business. In 2006, she explained to Elle, “I came out when I was 14, singing songs about candy… I was told what to sing and how to sing it, and I felt like a puppet. I don’t think people cared about me or what I wanted to do musically. It was more about: ‘This is what sells records.’ I totally felt disposable.” But she wasn’t discouraged. She had an album prepared, but she didn’t record it. “I don’t know. It’s depressing. Maybe it will come out this year? Maybe next? I think my label is expecting a poppier, mainstream-type thing from me. It’s been so long since I was singing ‘Candy’ and driving in a green Beetle. But I know there’s so much of, like, middle America that still thinks of me that way.”

Tabloid material?

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She wasn’t much of a target for tabloids, because she didn’t lead such a life. There was talk about her relationship with Zach Braff, whom she dated when she was 22 years old, and she shared her thoughts on the relationship with Cosmopolitan, “I’ve never really put much thought into it. I don’t think I even knew how old he was when we first started going out. I don’t feel 22. My girlfriends are all in their 30s. They say I’m like an old woman. I feel like a 65-year-old in a 22-year-old’s body. There’s a huge part of my life that I’ve skipped over [she started performing professionally at 15], but I’m fine with it. I go to bed early. I also say things like ‘jeez Louise.’ And I think I dress like an old woman.”

Disney princess

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Disney princess

In 2010, Moore voiced a princess, Rapunzel, in Disney’s animated film Tangled. She shared with Collider her experience, “It was a lot of fun. I never had the opportunity to do something quite like this. I felt like it really… engaged that side of me that is a huge fan of musicals and dream about doing a musical one day.” Regarding what is the toughest part of being a princess, Moore shared, “I would say the only challenging part was employing that bit of acting in the music and the singing that I didn’t really think about until I was there in the moment, in the studio, going, ‘Oh, okay, right,’ I’m not just suddenly being Mandy and singing. You know, I have to be Rapunzel and so there is a sense of maintaining this character that was really interesting to me.”



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In 2012, she talked with Women’s Health about her work with the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) on a new campaign called Reality Check: What Young Women Don’t Know About Cervical Cancer. She confessed she didn’t know much about cervical cancer until GCF came in touch with her. “When I learned that it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in women in their 20s and 30s in the United States, I was like, ‘Well, this is a pretty big deal, and this is definitely a cause that is worth getting behind.’ As a young woman, I wanted to spread the word to other young women out there that we have the power to protect ourselves against cervical cancer.”



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In 2015, she and her husband, musician Ryan Adams announce they are getting a divorce. They were together for six years, and the divorce finalized in 2016. She revealed on a panel at the Television Critics Association tour, “It’s tough. Life is not easy… I think it’s been great to be able to take all of the chapters in my life and be able to pour it into a job like this because it all helps. It’s all fuel.” However, she managed to look at the situation on the bright side, “I think everything happens for a reason… I think I spent a good portion of the last years of my life really pouring all of my energy into my life and relationship, and now that that’s sort of not part of my life anymore, it’s just not a coincidence to me that things sort of opened back up and I’m able to focus back on myself again.”

A TV mom

In 2016 she got the role of Rebecca on the NBC’s This Is Us. “When I first read the [pilot] script, my jaw was on the ground after finishing the last couple scenes, and then I went back to the first page and started rereading it. I really wanted to be a part of it because I figured there’s so many different ways this story could go.” She further said on the matter to Vulture about her relationship with other cast members, “I love it! We really take the mom and dad thing to the nth degree. We had a cast dinner a couple of weeks ago, and we’re all in like a text chain together and everyone’s like, ‘Hey Mom and Dad, thank you so much for planning that dinner.’ And I’m like, ‘No, it was all Dad.’ Milo [Ventimiglia] put it together. We have a lot of fun with it. It’s pretty ridiculous considering that I’m younger than all of my children.”

The future

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“Oh god, I was just a clueless suburban mall teenager from Orlando… You couldn’t pay me to go back,” she shared with Byrdie about her music career. She also expressed that she is excited to see what the future will bring. “I’m totally ready,” she said. “I can’t wait until the day when watching 60 Minutes is perfectly acceptable for my age. The aging process: I say bring it on.”


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