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Considering her overnight stardom as a pop music princess at the tender age of 15, it came as a surprise to many when she transitioned into an accomplished actress. While still in her teens, she suddenly found herself on tour with the biggest teen acts in music after being discovered by talent scouts. Specials on MTV and her own television show followed, culminating with a role in the feature film, "The Princess Diaries" (2001). It was all happening so fast. However, unlike some of her pop contemporaries, Moore's story deviated from when she turned in a respectable performance alongside the likes of icon Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway. From there, Moore continued to grow as an actress, often in roles that played against her perceived type, exemplified by her turn as a judgmental, intolerant Christian student in the indie-comedy "Saved!" (2004) and as a villainous talent contestant in the "American Idol" lampoon, "American Dreamz" (2006). Abandoning her music career to focus on acting, Moore provided the voice of Rapunzel in the hit Disney reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Tangled" (2010) and continued to explore a wide variety of roles before becming a TV star on the dramedy "This Is Us" (NBC 2016- ).
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, 2004-11). 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. Moore closed the door on her music career by 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, 2005- ). 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). Her next screen appearance came opposite Kellan Lutz in the romantic comedy "Love, Wedding, Marriage" (2011), followed by a mystery set in 1950s Los Angeles, "Hotel Noir" (2012). On television, she continued her voice work with co-starring roles in the animated series "Tron: Uprising" (Disney XD 2012-13) and "High School USA!" (Fox 2013) before starring in the title role of preschool series "Sheriff Callie's Wild West" (Disney Junior 2013- ). After co-starring on the short-lived medical drama "Red Band Society" (Fox 2014-15), Moore co-starred opposite Milo Ventimiglia in critically-acclaimed comedy-drama "This Is Us" (NBC 2016- ). The following year, Moore starred in survival horror film "47 Meters Down" (2017).
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Toured with both *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys in support of her hit debut single "Candy" and debut album
Released debut album <i>So Real</i>; certified platinum in the U.S.
Featured in the direct-to-video release "Magic Al and the Mind Factory"
Released follow-up album <i>I Wanna Be With You</i>, a re-worked version of her debut
Hosted the MTV music and chat series "The Mandy Moore Show" (later titled "Mandy")
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 the daugther of the president in "Chasing Liberty"
Played a proper and popular girl at a Christian school in the religion satire "Saved!"
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 with John Krasinski as a newly engaged couple in the comedy "License to Wed"
Co-starred in Justin Theroux's directing debut "Dedication"; film premiered at Sundance
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")
Appeared on "High School USA!"
Landed a role on "Red Band Society"
Voiced the lead role of Sheriff Callie on the animated series "Sheriff Callie's Wild West"
Joined the cast of the NBC dramedy series "This Is Us"
Co-starred in nautical thriller "47 Meters Down"
Reprised voice of Rapunzel in "Ralph Breaks the Internet"