Some of you may remember when Mandy Moore first splashed onto the music scene as a teenager with the hit song “Candy” in 1999. These days, Moore is best known for portraying Rebecca, mom of three, on the emotionally riveting TV drama This Is Us. Her performance on the show netted Moore her first Golden Globe nomination!
Now Moore is celebrating a personal milestone—turning 33. To celebrate, let’s learn more about Mandy!
1. Moore is a huge musical theater fan. She was inspired to become a singer after seeing a production of Guys and Dolls at the age of 6. Moore later got to take on that musical herself, playing Miss Adelaide in a school production while she was in sixth grade. Landing the role “was the world’s biggest adrenaline rush,” she told Marie Claire. Moore credits the show with sparking her interest in acting.
2. Moore picked up the tab for one of her own albums. As she tried to expand past her teen pop repertoire, she ran into some resistance from her record company. Moore told Billboard that “I’m not going to necessarily get to do the type of record I want to make, so I have to sort of do it on my own.” She handled most aspects of putting together Coverage, her 2003 album, which offered her take on songs by such greats as Joni Mitchell and Carole King. Unfortunately for Moore, the album proved to be a commercial disappointment.
3. Moore loves a good fight. She may appear to be kind and self-effacing, but she is also drawn to some serious combat. Moore is a fan of mixed martial arts, especially Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC. She even took to Twitter to share her reaction to Ronda Rousey’s 2014 victory over Alexis Davis, writing “Golly, goops, Rousey. That was impressive.”
4. Moore was a serial celebrity dater. Her first boyfriend was actor Wilmer Valderrama, and the pair remain good friends to this day. After that, she dated the likes of actor Zach Braff (and even made a special guest appearance on Braff’s sitcom Scrubs) and tennis star Andy Roddick. She thought she found lasting love with alt-country singer Ryan Adams in 2007. The pair wed in 2009, but they split up in 2015. These days she is dating musician Taylor Goldsmith.
5. Unlike a lot of actresses, Moore is not afraid of aging. In fact, she has always felt like an old soul. “I feel like I’m a 62-year-old in a 32-year-old’s body,” she told Byrdie.com. “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.”
6. Moore loves being a Disney princess. A fan of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast growing up, she jumped at the chance to voice Rapunzel in Tangled (2010). Moore holds the character of Rapunzel in high regard, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “I really appreciated and admired her approach toward life . . . . She was very open-minded, she was very determined.” Recently, she got a chance to reprise her princess role on the small screen with the new animated series Tangled: The Series, which debuted in 2017.
7. Moore’s role in This Is Us helped heal her broken heart. Her divorce from Ryan Adams was finalized in 2016. Bouncing back after facing this loss has been “really hard” for Moore, telling People magazine that she has “progressed in the stages of grief and being angry.” Playing Rebecca on This Is Us has allowed Moore “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,” she said, according to E News!. “It’s all fuel.”
The series has also made use of her singing talents. As she explained to the Los Angeles Times, “I miss music. I miss singing. This is a perfect marriage of both those things. Because I have put music on the back burner for the last seven, eight years, and Rebecca’s put it on the back burner for most of her adult life, I definitely can relate to that, to that feeling that there’s a piece of my heart that is not being exercised.”