Career beginnings[ edit ] Moore became interested in singing and acting at a young age, and cited her British maternal grandmother, Eileen Friedman, a professional ballerina in London, as one of her inspirations. But I stuck to it and begged them for acting lessons, for voice lessons. While recording the album, Moore had to leave Bishop Moore Catholic High School when she was only in the ninth-grade, but continued receiving her education from tutors.
It debuted at number 88 on the Billboard Hot ,  before peaking at number 41 on the chart. It received generally mixed reviews from critics when it was released, and Moore was continued to be compared to other teen pop singers. Allmusic said about the album "Fifteen-year-old Mandy Moore's debut album sounded like it was inspired almost entirely by listening to recent hit albums by 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears.
The single did not have the same success of its predecessor, failing to appear on any major charts, but it peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart in the U.
The single was not released in the U. The song became her first single to chart on the Billboard Hot since her debut single, "Candy". Billboard praised the song and said, "Top 40 programmers and listeners alike will love Moore more with this track",  but Allmusic chose the song as a highlight track from the album.
I Wanna Be with You was released as Moore's debut album in a number of countries. The album received generally mixed reviews and was criticized because it was a remix album and not a true follow-up. Moore said during an interview with Billboard magazine that "All of the music has started to look and sound the same" and that she chose to move in a different musical direction.
I got tired of that in a big way". The album also reached number 37 on the ARIA charts in Australia,  her highest peak in the country to date. Dolittle 2 which starred Eddie Murphy. On her role, Moore told In Style "I'm the crude popular girl who gets ice cream in her face. The film opened at 3 at the U.
The film received generally negative reviews, but Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised Moore and West's "quietly convincing" performances. Moore received a number of nominations and awards for her performance in the film.
Moore's self-titled album's third and final single " Cry " was released on November 4, to help promote the film. Commenting on the film, she said: Coverage and continued acting[ edit ] In , Moore began working on her fourth studio album, later revealed to be a cover album called Coverage.
The album was released on October 21, and received generally mixed reviews. Allmusic called the album a "leap to musical maturity",  but Entertainment Weekly called it an "effort to shed her bubblegum-blond image". Moore's cover of XTC 's song " Senses Working Overtime " was released as the album's second single and also failed to have any chart success. She played Halley Martin, a cynical and rebellious seventeen-year-old who deals with falling in love and her relationships and issues with her family and friends.
The film failed to find teenage audiences in the U. She played Anna Foster, the rebellious eighteen-year-old first daughter who wants more freedom from the secret service. She played Hilary Faye Stockard, a proper and popular girl at a Christian high school. The film received generally positive reviews,  but it did not receive a wide release.
Moore's performance was praised,  with one critic calling her a "demented delight"  and another calling it her best performance to date. In , Moore co-starred in the sports family comedy-drama Racing Stripes where she voiced Sandy the white horse and guest-starred in the HBO comedy-drama Entourage. Moore was also originally scheduled to star in the films Cursed , Havoc and The Upside of Anger , which were all eventually released in without her involvement.
She played Sally Kendoo, a deranged contestant on a singing competition series modelled after American Idol. Weitz said that he had Moore in mind for the role before she was cast, explaining that "there's something inherently sweet about Mandy; it makes it all the more interesting to see her in a villainess role". Wild Hope and Amanda Leigh[ edit ] Moore in August In , Moore talked about her early albums, saying that even though she believed that her debut album So Real was appropriate for her age at the time when she released it,   she felt it "sucked"  and that her first two albums were "just awful".
Billboard said that "Wild Hope is the gratifying sound of a singer finally finding her comfort zone. Gone is the sugary pop of Moore's early career, replaced instead by thoughtful musings on love and life…an album full of subtle, but undeniable hooks. Billboard at 30, selling a mere 25, copies the first week of its release, according to Billboard.
To date, the album has sold over , copies in the U. It was initially expected to be a duo album between Moore and Viola, but then in January , it was revealed it would be Moore's sixth studio album with a collaboration with Viola, that was scheduled to be released in April In the film, Milly Wilder Moore describes in detail the feeling of an orgasm to her mother Daphne Keaton.
The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Recording sessions for the album took place around December in Boston , Massachusetts. The music video premiered on April 20, , on Yahoo! Moore's sixth studio album, Amanda Leigh , was released on May 26, On the album, Moore said, "The music is all a reflection of me now, not somebody else's choices.
On May 26, , she performed songs from the album at Amoeba Music in Hollywood , together with Viola, the day the album was released by Storefront Records. The album received generally positive reviews.
Time magazine said that the album was "impeccably recorded". Further acting[ edit ] After a break of almost two years from film roles, Moore co-starred with Martin Freeman in the romantic comedy Swinging with the Finkels. The film was shot in the United Kingdom in and was released in The film was shot in and released in The film received generally positive reviews from critics. It is also the third Disney film appearing in the Top 10 films of Uprising science fiction animated series, which was canceled after one season.
She said, "There's tremendous influence right now around the house… from the music I've been introduced to and being very happy and in a healthy, happy relationship… I think that still garners a lot of material to write about. I'm excited about it. I'm excited to get into the studio and start recording. Erin Grace in the Fox medical comedy-drama Red Band Society ,  which was also cancelled after one season. In June , it was confirmed that Moore and Levi would reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene "Flynn Rider" Fitzherbert in the animated television series based on Tangled.
I guess will be the re-emergence of my music. That side of my life has been dormant for too long in my opinion". Knight for the Democratic National Convention. She said, "I want to return to music. Billboard said, "She has successfully dropped all the tacky accoutrements of her past and turned into a sweet, classy singer-songwriter whose charms are readily apparent".
I think I'll always have that kind of influence. She served as a spokesperson by helping young people be aware of the seriousness of leukemia and lymphoma. They became engaged in February and married on March 10, , in Savannah, Georgia.
On September 23, , she officially confirmed and celebrated their engagement with a party thrown by her friend Raina Penchansky.