A multi-talent who has achieved a remarkable level of success at a young age as both an actress and recording artist, Mandy Moore continues to challenge herself and grow with each succeeding project. Moore is poised to have a banner year in 2010 with a follow-up album to her critically acclaimed recent album, "Amanda Leigh," as well as several motion picture releases both in the independent and major studio worlds.
In 2007, Moore starred in Ken Kwapis' romantic comedy "License to Wed" opposite Robin Williams and John Krasinski for Warner Bros. Her performance garnered great praise from critics both domestically and internationally.
Also in 2007, Mandy took the indie world by surprise with her phenomenal performance in "Dedication," in which she starred opposite Billy Crudup with Justin Theroux directing. The film was snatched up by Harvey Weinstein at Sundance and was released to critical acclaim putting Moore in a whole new light for audiences and critics alike.
Universal Pictures' "Because I Said So" had Moore starring with Diane Keaton and, once again, manifesting her comedic chops and being lauded for her performance directed by Michael Lehmann.
Critics took great notice of her performance in Brian Dannelly's acclaimed film "Saved" for United Artists. Released in 2004, Moore's takes 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. This film was produced by Michael Stipe and Sandy Stern and co-stars Jena Malone, Eva Amurri, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit and Mary-Louise Parker.
Additional film credits include Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales" starring The Rock, Seann William Scott and Sarah Michelle Gellar; Paul Weitz's "American Dreamz" opposite Hugh Grant, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Coolidge, Chris Klein, Judy Greer and Dennis Quaid; John Turturro's musical, "Romance and Cigarettes" with James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mary-Louise Parker; Andy Cadiff's "Chasing Liberty" for Warner Bros. and Clare Kilner's "How to Deal" for New Line. In addition, Moore lent her voice to the animated comedy, "Racing Stripes," and starred opposite Shane West in Adam Shankman's box-office success, "A Walk to Remember" for Warner Bros. for which she won an MTV Movie Award for "Breakthrough Female Performance." She also performed four songs featured on the film's soundtrack.
Moore released her fifth album, "WILD HOPE,"in the Summer of 2007 for which she has received much critical acclaim from the toughest of critics. The album represented an exciting new direction as a recording artist. In a ground-breaking label deal Moore had total artistic control. All of the songs were co-written by Moore in collaboration with critically acclaimed singer/songwriters Lori McKenna, Rachael Yamagata and The Weepies. The album was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Liz Phair).
As a follow-up, "Amanda Leigh" was released in May 2009. Moore took even more creative control into her hands and co-wrote the entire album with singer/songwriter/producer, Mike Viola. In a basement studio outside of Boston, Moore and Viola recorded the album filled with vintage instrumentation and songs that took Moore's writing to a whole new level. TIME Magazine called it "…an impeccably recorded album of mature songs" while ROLLING STONE lauded the effort with a "****" (Four Star) review.
As a recording artist, Moore came to national attention with the 1999 release of her debut album, "So Real," which reached platinum status in a remarkable three months and produced the top ten single "Candy." Moore's second album, "I Wanna Be With You (Special Edition)" was released in May 2000 and also went platinum. Her self-titled third album, another major seller, featured the hit single "Cry." Her critically acclaimed fourth album, "Coverage," released on October 21, 2003 featured her mature and adventurous approaches to a remarkable collection of classic and personal favorite songs by Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Todd Rundgren, Cat Stevens, among many others.
For television, Moore appeared on NBC's popular comedy, "Scrubs," in 2006. She also guest starred as herself on the HBO hit series, "Entourage."
Currently, Mandy Moore is the Ambassador for PSI's Five & Alive Organization which provides children and their families with the education, products, services and care needed to improve health and save lives in over 30 countries. She recently returned from a trip to Southern Sudan where she took part in a mission to spread awareness of water purification, set up the first installment of 3 million malaria nets as well as an HIV/AIDS education program.
Mandy is also serving as spokesperson for GSK's new Cervical Cancer Awareness Program and will work hard in using her platform to further educate women about vaccinations and the importance of prevention.
Mandy was raised in Orlando, Florida and currently lives in Los Angeles.