Mandy Moore: Unfiltered Reflections on Fame, Love and Resilience

Together they explore what it was like to rise to fame without the influence of social media, reflect on motherhood, how to balance family life with a demanding career, and the importance of community.

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Today, Valeria is joined by none other than the iconic Mandy Moore. From 2000s pop Idol and teen movie star to the blockbuster successes of Tangled and This is Us: Mandy Moore has already led an illustrious 20-year career and left her mark on the world. But she’s not done yet! There is so much more that Mandy has to explore and offer, and she and Valeria chat all about it. Together they explore what it was like to rise to fame without the influence of social media, reflect on motherhood, how to balance family life with a demanding career, and the importance of community. Plus, they take a behind-the-scenes look into the iconic It’s Totally Raining Teens Vanity Fair cover, and how Mandy is, now more than ever, leaning into her friendship with Hilary Duff. 

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What We Talked About:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:59 One of the most unproblematic celebrity
  • 04:29 What’s it like without social media in the 90s
  • 06:33 Online presence plays a role in getting casted
  • 08:25 This is Us in seven years
  • 11:18 We are stronger than we give credit for
  • 12:47 What kind of mother are you going to be?
  • 16:41 Losing patience 
  • 18:34 Seeing an older version of you
  • 21:13 Have you lost yourself in a character you played?
  • 23:13 Are you struggling with aging?
  • 25:01 What are you looking forward to turning 40?
  • 26:48 Growing together through the years
  • 30:08 Having an unhealthy relationship with yourself
  • 35:16 How did I find myself?
  • 38:49 Regretting something you consciously let go of
  • 40:39 I feel the best version of myself right now
  • 42:00 Having support is everything
  • 44:51 Raising a newborn and being a working mom
  • 46:34 Cultivating a support system
  • 48:20 Vanity Fair cover with Hilary Duff
  • 49:49 A lot of drama during the Vanity Fair shoot
  • 50:49 The Boar’s Nest
  • 53:42 Career longevity
  • 54:33 Future career endeavors
  • 55:52 Books that inspired you



Mandy Moore

Emmy®, Grammy® and Golden Globes® nominated actress, producer, singer and songwriter Mandy Moore continues to enjoy versatility in a career marked by memorable performances. Moore can currently be heard in the Audible Original “The Boar’s Nest” chronicling the true, untold story of Sue Brewer (Moore) and the dawn of Nashville’s outlaw country movement. Ebon Moss-Bachrach also stars as the freewheeling Shel Silverstein and a full ensemble cast rounds out the storytelling. Most recently, Moore can be seen in season 2 of Peacock’s “Dr. Death.” The show is based on the third season of Wondery’s podcast of the same name. Moore stars alongside Edgar Ramirez. She portrays investigative journalist Benita Alexander who falls in love with Ramirez’s Paolo Macchiarini before learning the truth about him. Next up, she will begin production opposite Kumail Nanjiani on “Thread: An Insidious Tale”, a new film in the Insidious universe from Screen Gems, Blumhouse and Atomic Monster. The story here is that of a husband and wife (Nanjiani and Moore) who enlist the help of a spell to travel back in time, such that they can prevent the death of their young daughter. The consequences, of course, prove to be severe. Most recently, in six seasons of the critically acclaimed NBC series “This Is Us”, Moore portrayed Rebecca, the matriarch of the Pearson family. This role earned her multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and People's Choice Awards nominations; the show received a win for Best TV Drama Ensemble at the SAG Awards in 2018 and 2019. The show received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, TCA Award, and Critics Choice Award nominations and was recognized by The Television Academy Honors. Moore’s production company, Roll With The Punches, signed a multi-year deal with 20th Television to develop and produce series for the studio, including an adaption of The Cut / New York Magazine article title “My Mom Has No Friends.” Additionally through this deal, Moore will star and executive produce the HULU series "Twin Flames," inspired by the hit Wondery podcast alongside Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. In addition to her work in film and television, Moore is a prolific singer-songwriter who released her seventh album In Real Life in May 2022 which offers a unique window into life’s next chapters. Prior to that, in March 2020, Moore released her first album in over a decade, Silver Landings. The album is emblematic of the journey Moore has been on in the past decade. Moore first came to national attention as a recording artist in 1999 with the release of her debut album, So Real, which reached platinum status in a remarkable three months and produced the top ten single "Candy." She followed with her second album, I Wanna Be With You (Special Edition) which also went platinum and its single, “I Wanna Be With You” stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks. Her self-titled third album, another major seller, featured the #1 hit single "Cry." In 2002, director Adam Shankman said of Moore, “she has the voice and the face of an angel" as he cast her in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ A Walk to Remember. The film earned Moore an MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance. She also performed four songs featured on the film's soundtrack, which has sold over 5 million albums worldwide. Moore’s critically acclaimed fourth album, Coverage, highlighted a remarkable collection of classic and some of her personal favorite songs by Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Todd Rundgren and Cat Stevens, among many others. Moore’s performance in Brian Dannelly's 2004 acclaimed film “Saved”, for United Artists, had the critics taking notice. Her take on "the perfect Christian girl" who uses her personal relationship with Jesus to take advantage of everyone marked another step in her evolution as a film actress. The film was produced by Michael Stipe and Sandy Stern and co-stars Jena Malone, Eva Amurri, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit and Mary-Louise Parker. In 2007, Moore released her fifth album, Wild Hope, where she collaborated with critically acclaimed singer/songwriters Lori McKenna, Rachael Yamagata and The Weepies. The album, produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Liz Phair), was praised by Billboard as having “thoughtful musings on love and life…an album full of subtle, but undeniable hooks.” Moore released her sixth studio album, Amanda Leigh, in 2009 and received great critical acclaim for her work as a co-writer on the album. The album, which featured vintage instrumentation, made Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” the week it was released. TIME Magazine called it " impeccably recorded album of mature songs" while Rolling Stone lauded the effort with a four-star review. Moore has a diverse lineup of film credits which includes Lionsgate’s WWII drama “Midway”, Twentieth Century Fox’s sci-fi thriller, “The Darkest Minds”; Dimension Films’ thriller, “47 Meters Down”, Dermot Mulroney’s “Love, Wedding, Marriage” opposite James Brolin and Jane Seymour; Sebastian Gutierrez’s “Hotel Noir” opposite Carla Gugino and Kevin Connolly; “License to Wed” opposite Robin Williams and John Krasinski; “Because I Said So” opposite Diane Keaton; John Turturro's musical, “Romance and Cigarettes” with James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mary-Louise Parker; and “Chasing Liberty”, which earned Moore a World Soundtrack Award nomination. Beyond the big screen, Moore voiced the lead character ‘Rapunzel’ in Disney’s animated series “Tangled," based on the acclaimed feature film of the same name. Her notable television appearances include ABC’s beloved drama, “Grey's Anatomy”, NBC's popular comedy “Scrubs”, a 5-episode arc on the HBO hit series “Entourage” where she played herself and the Hallmark channel holiday television film “Christmas in Conway”, opposite Andy Garcia and Mary Louise Parker. In addition, Moore also lent her voice to the dark humor comedy “High School USA!” and to Disney Junior’s animated television series, “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” in which she voiced the title character. The show marked the first time Disney has debuted a new series as an app before its broadcast debut. Moore resides in Los Angeles.


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