Q&A Mandy Moore
RollingStone India|March 2020
Q&A Mandy Moore
On making music again after becoming one of TV’s biggest stars and why she’s all in on Mayor Pete
BRITTANY SPANOS

Mandy moore is more famous these days as an Emmyand Golden Globe-nominated actress on the hugely popular family drama This Is Us, but she’s never stopped thinking about the music that came first. Moore, now 35, became a TRL-era superstar at 15 with the bubblegum-pop hit “Candy,” and made a series of more-adventurous, indieinspired albums like 2007’s Wild Hope. But she put music on hold after marrying Ryan Adams; Moore told The New York Times last year that his controlling behavior led her to stop releasing songs. Moore found a new teammate in Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, whom she married in 2018. Together they wrote and recorded Silver Landings, which includes Fleetwood Mac-inspired highlights like “When I Wasn’t Watching,” a sparkling, folky song about personal growth. “I’m looking at the mountains, and it’s a beautiful sunny day with beautiful skies,” she says from her home in L.A. “That’s what I imagined this record to be like.”

Your new song “ Fifteen” makes being thrust into fame at that age sound overwhelming. How do you feel about that time now?

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