Born in New Hampshire and raised in Florida, Mandy Moore got lucky when a FedEx delivery man heard the teenager singing in an Orlando studio and brought her demo to a friend at Epic Records. She was put on tour opening for ‘NSync and then the Backstreet Boys in 1999, giving her debut album, So Real, a huge audience.
Her first LP went platinum, and she followed that with I Wanna Be With You in 2000 and a self-titled album in 2003. She ended her contract at Epic with 2004’s Coverage, an album of cover songs. The singer went independent to release 2007’s Wild Hope and 2009’s Amanda Leigh, both of which leaned away from bubblegum pop and into the adult contemporary and singer-songwriter genres. She took a break from music until 2020’s Silver Landings.
As her career as a teen pop sensation slowed down, Moore found success in acting. The “Candy” singer debuted as a mean cheerleader in 2001’s The Princess Diaries, made Nicholas Sparks fans cry as a cancer patient in 2002’s A Walk to Remember and earned her indie movie cred with the quirky 2004 dramedy Saved!. She became a Disney princess when she voiced Rapunzel in Tangled.
While Moore has continued to find steady work in film, her biggest role yet was on TV. Moore landed the role of Rebecca Pearson on the NBC hit drama This Is Us in 2016. Her performance as the family matriarch on the tearjerker earned her nominations for best actress at the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. Moore and the cast have won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
The singer-actress was married to musician Ryan Adams from 2009 to 2016. Moore married Dawes guitarist Taylor Goldsmith in November 2018, and they welcomed son Gus in February 2021.