Mandy Moore Talks Plastic Surgery Rumors: "People Think Everyone in Hollywood Has Had Work Done"
Unlike the bubblegum pink lip gloss in her inaugural hit "Candy," Mandy Moore doesn't really do "extreme." In fact, unless it's crying behind the scenes of her hit TV show This Is Us, the pendulum in her everyday life tends to swing in the complete opposite direction.
"I pinched that in the bud at a fairly young age," the singer-slash-actress-slash-Garnier ambassador told POPSUGAR. "I've always embraced this easy, breezy philosophy: I get sleep, I wash my face every night, and I don't drink too much, unless it's water."
It almost seems as though, in the span of her nearly 20-year career, Moore has managed to unlock the secret to happiness in Hollywood — and it looks a lot like true love, meaningful brand partnerships, and an unfaltering commitment to being your truest, most authentic self. Read it in her own words, ahead.
What She Would Tell Her 16-Year-Old Self
While Moore admits she feels "pretty lucky" in the skin department, and credits that to taking care of hers when she was younger, there were a few beauty trends of the early aughts that make her shake her head. "I really leaned into the thick lip gloss, the glittery eye shadow, and the crystals glued on to the corners of my eyes and in the part of my hair," she said. "I wore weird trends like cargo pants and tight crop tops, and things that weren't a good look for anybody. I guess that's sort of what you're supposed to be doing at that age, right? You want to be able to look back and laugh."
On Plastic Surgery Rumors in Hollywood
"I remember seeing some blog post that said I got a nose job," Moore recalled. "I was like, 'That's weird — my nose is pretty imperfect.' I have a crinkled part underneath the bridge of my nose and I remember laughing like, 'I feel like I would have fixed that had I had a nose job.' I don't know, maybe it was just a weird picture or weird makeup or shading or something. People think everyone in Hollywood has had a nose job or some work done, but it's not always true. People are going to believe what they want, and that's fine. And if having work done is going to make somebody feel better about themselves, then more power to them."
What Moore Will Be Wearing on Her Wedding Day
While Moore hasn't quite started planning her nuptials to Taylor Goldsmith, there's one thing she is positive she doesn't want on her wedding day: beauty regret. "I just want to feel like the best version of myself, not too fussy or done-up," she said. "I've heard that brides regret their hair or makeup; that they sort of forced themselves into this idea of what they thought they should look like at their wedding. It wasn't true to who they really are. I don't want to fall into that trap."
So what does that mean for her, exactly? "Just easy and breezy; not too much makeup. I don't think I'll wear my hair up. I want to feel like myself and look back and go, 'Oh, my gosh, yeah. That was a special day, and I look like me still.'"
The Charities Closest to Her Heart
"I have always been passionate about advocating for causes, specifically [ones that] support children," Moore said, referencing the latest partnership between Garnier and UNICEF. (The brand has worked with the organization for three years, but for its new campaign, it will be donating $1 for every Whole Blends Holiday Kit sold between now and Dec. 31.)
"Actually, it was during my very first meeting with Garnier that they mentioned their work with UNICEF, and that, to me, stood out from the pack. Being able to use my platform to support their commitment to UNICEF, in ways that go beyond products — because the brand's core values of taking care of the next generation, the future generation — is a very, very important thing. I'm also a big animal advocate, so I love the work the Animal League does and the ASPCA, so anything that's environmentally leaning like Terracycle, another organization that I've worked with Garnier on a campaign around recycling."
How This Is Us Changed Moore's Opinion on Aging
Despite playing an older character at times on TV and working in an industry that puts unnecessary pressure on women, Moore said the whole experience has made her more grateful to age. "I've loved getting older. I wouldn't go back to my 20s if you paid me," she said. "I love being at this stage of my life and the wisdom and clarity that comes with it. It's fun to look at pictures of myself and see the little lines around my eyes and see my smile lines — I feel like I've lived a full and happy life and that's just another indication of it."
As for her character, she added: "It's really cool seeing myself aged up, mainly because I don't recognize myself," she said. "I don't see my mom or my grandma in the character. It feels very much like, 'Oh, that's just the character at 68.'"