About Mandy Moore
Born Amanda Leigh Moore on April 10, 1984 in Nashua, NH., "Mandy" spent her childhood in Orlando, FL after her parents, Don and Stacy, moved there prior to her first birthday. The middle child - and only girl - of the family, Moore began her musical training via voice lessons at the age of 10. Before long she was performing in local theater productions, with "The Sound of Music" being one of many. At age 15, the naturally pretty and effervescent singer-actress was already achieving a fair amount of fame in her hometown as the "National Anthem Girl" for her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at several Orlando sports events. Spotted by producers who were substantially impressed by her take on the patriotic hymn, it was suggested that she cut a demo. In the blink of an eye, the tween found herself sitting pretty with her own record deal. From there, things moved quickly. Touring with the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC in 1999 exposed the young singer to a massively large audience, and demand for her debut single "Candy" was so strong that her album release date was actually pushed up - a rare occurrence in the business. That freshman effort, So Real would go on to sell over one million copies, propelling Moore into the ranks of bubblegum pop stardom. With a video that was mildly provocative - though the underage Moore dressed conservatively compared to her bad girl competition, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera - "Candy" served as an ideal launching pad for a MTV-friendly career.
Achieving platinum sales by 2000, Moore was now a fixture on MTV, guest-hosting the popular daily series "TRL" (MTV, 1998-2008) and starring in MTV specials such as "Mandy's Mountain Makeover" and "Spring Break 2000" that same year. Noting the performer's charm, charisma and screen presence, the cable network offered Moore her own series during the summer of 2000: "The Mandy Moore Show," which resumed in the summer of 2001 as the retitled "Mandy." A star whose work crossed media lines from the beginning, Moore began working as a Neutrogena spokesperson soon after "Candy" was released, and in 2000, the home video "Magic Al and the Mind Factory" surfaced, a children's project she had filmed in 1998. The following year saw the actress make her big screen debut; first, with a small voice role in "Dr. Dolittle 2" (2001), followed by a pivotal supporting role in the Garry Marshall comedy "The Princess Diaries" (2001). As the popular tormentor of unlikely - and unsuspecting - Princess Mia (Anne Hathaway), Moore set aside her sunshiny image to play the archetypical schoolgirl bully. Jumping at the opportunity to work with legends Marshall and star Julie Andrews, Moore enjoyed an overwhelmingly positive reaction to her entry into film from her co-stars, as well as a rather warm reception from the critics. It seemed of all her blonde pop star peers of the new millennium - Aguilera, Spears and Jessica Simpson - only the newly brunette Moore had the chops and the drive to make it as a viable actress.
As "The Princess Diaries" was set to open in 2001, Moore had just finished filming "A Walk to Remember" (2002), a period romance set in small town America that paired her quiet, good girl character opposite a troubled bad boy (Shane West) in a syrupy but heartfelt teen "Love Story"-esque tale. The film was a modest and unexpected success, putting Hollywood on notice that Moore possessed an appeal that transcended flash-in-the-pan teen idoldom. That year also saw the release of Moore's self-titled album, Mandy Moore, that showed a more mature, musically experimental side to the singer, spawning a hit single with the edgy lead-off, "In My Pocket." After her debut starring role drew respectable box office numbers, Moore was next cast as the lead in "How to Deal" (2003), playing a teen whose cynical view of romance - reinforced by her dysfunctional family's misadventures in love - is turned on its head when she falls in love for the first time. That film was followed by another musical release, Coverage (2003), in which Moore attempted to expose songs by Elton John, Cat Stevens and other classic artists to her generation of listeners. She next played the rebellious, overprotected daughter of the U.S. president who, while on a road trip to escape constant surveillance, unknowingly falls for the undercover Secret Service agent assigned to shield her, in "Chasing Liberty" (2004).
Moore subverted expectations with her next project when she co-starred in the sly indie comedy "Saved!" (2004) - easily her best film up to that time - demonstrating a convincing edgy side in her portrayal of Hilary Faye, an overzealous and self-righteous Christian school student who reacts with a surprising degree of intolerance when her pregnant best friend refuses to be "saved." Moore's previously unsuspected dramatic depth and improvisational ability added layers of complexity to her character, which, in the hands of a less intuitive actor, would have played entirely unsympathetic. For "Racing Stripes" (2005), a family-friendly combination live-action and animated feature, Moore provided the voice of Sandy, a young horse who helps Stripes the zebra run his first race. In 2005, Moore continued to impress on screen, when she scored a recurring stint on the Hollywood-centric comedy series "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ). Playing a fictionalized version of herself, Moore as Moore became involved in a complicated romance with her co-star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) while shooting a big screen superhero movie for director James Cameron. After appearing in director Paul Weitz's "American Idol"-inspired cultural satire, "American Dreamz" (2006), Moore did the best with what she had as Diane Keaton's daughter in the misbegotten comedy, "Because I Said So" (2007), one of a string of box office disappointments for the actress that year.
It was a busy year for Moore, if not particularly a banner one. Following right on the heels of "Because I Said So" was the highly anticipated romantic comedy "License to Wed" (2007), co-starring Robin Williams and John Krasinski. The result, however, was mixed, with the film being largely dismissed by critics and met with ambivalence by audiences. Greeted more warmly by reviewers, but lacking the marketing power to make much of a dent at the multiplex, was the sardonic romantic comedy "Dedication" (2007), directed by Justin Theroux. Neither of these could compare to the star-studded critical and financial catastrophe that was writer-director Richard Kelly's apocalyptic mash-up "Southland Tales" (2007). Despite this stretch of feature film misfires, Moore's musical career provided a bright spot with the release that summer of her first self-written album, Wild Hope. Taking a break from Hollywood, Moore continued to focus on her music for the time being, releasing the thematically more mature album Amanda Leigh in 2009. In 2010, Moore took on a small recurring role on the popular medical melodrama "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2004- ). In her next cinematic effort, Moore provided the vocals for the Disney-fied version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "Rapunzel" in the animated "Tangled" (2010).
|Wilmer Valderrama. Met at a photo shoot; dated from July 2000 to early 2002|
|Ryan Adams. Began dating March 2008; announced engagement February 2009; married March 10, 2009 in Savannah, GA|
|Adam Goldstein. Dated for several months in 2007; split 2008 but remained good friends; Moore rushed to Goldstein's side after his September 2008 plane crash; he passed away a year later Aug. 28, 2009|
|Zach Braff. Met 2004; began dating early 2005; incorrectly reported to be engaged, but split June 2006|
|Billy Crawford. Filipino singer; dated for several months, when he was 15 and she was 14|
|Greg Laswell. Briefly dated in 2007; no longer together|
|Andy Roddick. Dated from 2002-04|
|Bishop Moore High School, Orlando , Florida|
|Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs , Florida|
|Appeared in local musical theater productions, including "The Sound of Music"|
|Signed with Epic Records after being approached by producers who suggested she record a demo|
|Moved to Orlando, Florida with her family at six weeks old|
|Began taking voice lessons at age ten|
|Released debut album So Real; certified platinum in the U.S.|
|Toured with both *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys in support of her hit debut single "Candy" and debut album|
|Featured in the direct-to-video release "Magic Al and the Mind Factory"|
|Hosted the MTV music and chat series "The Mandy Moore Show" (later titled "Mandy")|
|Released follow-up album I Wanna Be With You, a re-worked version of her debut|
|Made feature acting debut in "The Princess Diaries" as a popular cheerleader; character performed the song "Stupid Cupid"|
|Released self-titled album, featuring an edgier, more rock-infused sound|
|Voiced a bear cub in the comedy sequel "Dr. Dolittle 2"|
|Acted opposite Elijah Wood in "Try Seventeen"|
|Landed first leading role in "A Walk to Remember," based on the Nicholas Sparks novel|
|Starred in the romantic comedy "How To Deal"|
|Played a proper and popular girl at a Christian school in the religion satire "Saved!"|
|Played the daugther of the president in "Chasing Liberty"|
|Co-starred in the musical "Romance & Cigarettes," written and directed by John Turturro|
|Guest starred as herself on the hit HBO show "Entourage"|
|Played Sally Kendoo, a cutthroat overachiever with a heart of stone in Paul Weitz' "American Dreamz"|
|Co-starred in Justin Theroux's directing debut "Dedication"; film premiered at Sundance|
|Co-starred with John Krasinski as a newly engaged couple in the comedy "License to Wed"|
|Played Diane Keaton's youngest daughter in the romantic comedy "Because I Said So"|
|Guest starred on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"|
|Voiced Rapunzel in Disney's animated film "Tangled"|
|Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song - Motion Picture ("I See The Light" from "Tangled")|