‘This Is Us’ star Mandy Moore talks about the delicate balance between motherhood and music


Maybe the signs were already there.

mandy moore phoned in three gigs last month for his first tour in 15 years. Her joy at being back in front of a live audience was palpable, but you could feel her trying to mask the stress of being on the road with a 16-month-old and another baby due this fall.

“It’s a lot harder than I expected,” said the singer/actress, who has spent the past six years starring in NBC’s hit “This Is Us.” “It’s very different being 23 the last time I was on tour.”

Touring was a major adjustment for his biorhythms.

“I’m an early riser. I’m usually asleep by the time I get on stage,” she said last month while still on tour. “If I had my druthers, I’d go to bed at 8. Seriously, I have to wake up at 3:30, 4 a.m. to go to work [in acting]. I’m so used to [it]. Having a kid for a year and a half and waking up with him and feeding him and all that kind of stuff, it was so easy for me.”

But Moore was going to bed after midnight while briefly on tour last month and late nights just weren’t working for her.

“I was never that person,” she said.

So on June 28, she ended her tour, eliminating July 14 concerts, including one this week at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

She wrote on Instagram: “When we booked these shows I wasn’t pregnant and although I really thought I could get by, the way we travel (long hours on the bus and not getting enough rest ) caught up, took its toll, and that made it too difficult to continue.”

Moore, 38, faces reality candidly, calling herself a “boring old woman even before the kids”.

Consultation with Hilary Duff

Moore has been in the public eye for over half his life.

While in high school in Orlando, she signed a contract with Epic Records and toured opening for ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys. Her popular debut single, “Candy,” didn’t exactly dethrone then-hyped singers like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, but Moore landed a gig as an MTV VJ and won the star’s Kids’ Choice Award. favorite rising star in 2000.

The following year, Moore juggled music and movies, starring in “Dr. Dolittle 2” and the hugely successful “The Princess Diaries.” Her first starring role came a year later in the cult tearful “A Walk to Remember.”

After going on hiatus from recording from 2009 to 2020, Moore doesn’t care if she doesn’t fit into the pop landscape right now.

“I’m definitely an outlier. I’m not in the mainstream. It’s okay,” she said.

She admits that because she hasn’t been hugely successful in music, she can carry on on her terms without paying attention to TikTok or the algorithms.

In 2020, she released “Silver Landings”, an adult pop collection and her first collaboration with her husband, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith.

“I found it incredibly comfortable and familiar collaborating with him. I think I was nervous at first,” she said. “He is incredibly generous and deeply prolific.”

They worked together again on that year’s “In Real Life.” The opening line of the title track draws listeners in: “I just got a front row seat to real life.” These words were triggered by the fact that they learned that they were going to be parents.

“Nothing is more real. I’ve been living so much of my life recently on camera,” she said. “As fantastic as it may be to play a fictional matriarch, the idea of ​​it happening to me in real life – that’s what I’ve been waiting for.”

Also on the album were Dawes members Griffin Goldsmith and Lee Pardini, and guitarist Matthew Koma (Eve 6), who co-wrote three songs with Moore.

Koma is married to former teen star Hilary Duff, Moore’s best friend. When they socialize, it’s Mom Talk.

“She has three kids. I don’t know how she does it,” Moore said. “As successful as she is in her job, she makes everything seem so easy. She’s married to a touring musician. We both know what it’s like to be home raising children.”

Like Duff, Moore was previously married and divorced. Her first husband, famous singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, was the subject of a expose in depth by the New York Times of allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct against him.

Without mentioning Adams, Moore admitted she considered giving up on her music career after her first marriage.

“There was a lot of baggage that I had to unpack before I could feel that music was in the cards for me again,” she said. “I think of a period of years when I thought this chapter of my life might be over. Maybe I’ll just focus on acting. Maybe I’ll go back to school Maybe I’ll go back to Florida There was a lot of confusion of what was necessarily next for me.

“Once I was in good company, I think it was natural to share [musical ideas] with Taylor. It was easy to open up with him.”

Romance in the Twin Cities

Moore gushed about Minneapolis’ prominence in his relationship with Goldsmith, whose band Dawes was hugely popular in Twin Cities.

“Minneapolis is part of the beginning of our love story. I [a] very, very distinct memory of when we were first together [in 2015]”, she says. “I remember watching [Dawes] play on public radio [89.3 the Current] and sitting in the parking lot listening in the car to the music that passed in front of him. Minneapolis has a very, very loving place in my heart and in our history.”

Although music is Moore’s current focus, acting has dominated her career.

“I feel like I have commitments to both. I always have,” she said. “I will continue to tour and make records when it fits into my life. It’s about to get a little harder with two kids. But acting is something that’s always felt more like my day job, and music can then continue to be my passionate hustle.”

His day job is suspended for the time being.

“I haven’t really figured out what the next thing is. I knew we were going to have this baby and I want to kind of be a mom for a second and also give myself some time and get away from ‘This Is Us “” she said. . “I want to find something that I’m passionate about and it feels good to be away from my family to do that.”


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