It was a journey to remember! She may have started her career as a bubblegum pop artist, but she is now a songwriter. Mandy MooreShe has made significant progress in her two-decade-long career.
The 35-year-old New Hampshire native burst onto Hollywood’s scene in 1999, when she signed with Epic Records to be one of their up-and coming artists. Her first single, “Candy,” reached No. 41 on the BillboardHot 100 chart.
From that moment on, Moore’s career has had its peaks and valleys, but it was all worth it — especially since it eventually led to an Emmy nomination and massive TV career.
Once the “Save a Little for Yourself” singer got her feet wet in the music industry — she released five records by the age of 23 — Moore ventured into the film world.
She first appeared on screen as mean girl Lana Thomas in Disney’s The Princess Diaries2001. In the film, she acted, but she also performed “Stupid Cupid” during one scene, showing off her range.
In 2002, Jamie Sullivan was her first lead role. A Walk to Remember. The film, which also stars Shane West as Moore’s love interest, did OK at the box office, but nearly 20 years later, the film has become a cult classic with infinite staying power.
“[It’s] bananas,” Moore told Us Weekly exclusively in January 2018 about the film’s longevity. “It’s crazy. It seems like it was a lifetime ago. But I’m so happy to celebrate it and so happy that people still — it’s relevant and still means something to people. That means a lot.”
Moore was also creating new songs with her record during her romcom phase. Amanda LeighThe album came out in 2009. While the album was her last bit of music to come out for more than a decade, it wasn’t something she totally forgot about.
In 2010, the actress began to focus on her acting career. She was then able to become a Disney Princess through the animated film. Tangled. In the ensuing 10 years, she appeared in more than 10 movies before landing the job that changed everything in her career.
That year, Moore was cast as the matriarch of the Pearson family, Rebecca Pearson, on NBC’s hit drama This Is Us. After three seasons on the show, she was nominated for her first Primetime Emmy Awards nomination in 2019.
The starlet returned to her musical roots in March 2020 when she released her seventh studio album. Silver Landings. “I missed it,” she told Entertainment WeeklyShe will be making her music comeback in February 2020. “I’m not going to get emotional. I had a lot to unpack about my feelings toward music and my sense of worth in what I brought to the table.”
Scroll down to see Moore’s evolution over the years.