Mandy Moore first rose to fame with her debut single, "Candy," almost 20 years ago, and since then, the 34-year-old has reinvented herself in many ways. She's gone from late-'90s pop singer to leading lady in films like A Walk to Remember and How to Deal to award-winning TV star. Heck, she's even a Disney princess! While the This Is Us star has had a career most people can only dream of, what she is most proud of is that she's been able to stay true to herself.
"I never would have guessed that a little girl from Orlando, signed at 15 to a record contract, [would] be sitting here talking to you today on this television show [This Is Us] and getting ready to make music again," Mandy told me while promoting her new partnership with Nature's Way on Jan. 4. "That's my proudest accomplishment: I've been able to be myself throughout the ebb and flow of a personal and professional career in the public eye — that I'm still around and I'm just me."
While Mandy has already accomplished so much in her career, she still has a few things left on her bucket list, including starring on Broadway. "One day, [at] the right time in my life, absolutely," she said. In the meantime, she's eager to get behind the camera for a change through her new pod deal with 20th Century Fox TV. "I'm forming a production company, so I'm excited to get into the producorial side of things and put that hat on and try to make women-helmed, women-centric television and films," she added. "Obviously, there's been a gigantic shift in the landscape as of the last few years and it's very top of mind for people, but I'm like, 'I want to be a part of that trend too.'" Based on Mandy's career so far, we have no doubt she will crush whatever she does next.