Moore to Love

Mandy Moore returns with a crafty new album that proves some "Candy" can mature into more substance than sugar. On topics from her gay brother's pre-Prop. 8 marriage to those Britney comparisons, Mandy doesn't hold back.



Maybe it was good practice -- an alternate universe version of you so you could learn how not to live your life. [ Laughs ] Luckily, it didn't factor into my real life. But, yeah, I got to pretend to get that out of my system.

Any new roles in the pipeline? There's some stuff in the works that hopefully will be solidified by the fall. It would be sort of fun to switch gears and put the acting hat back on and throw myself into something totally different creatively. But it's been fun to take a break from that and really concentrate on music. It will be nice, though; I look forward to switching gears.

I saw something about an audition a few days ago on your Twitter ... Oh, yeah, yeah. I don't really want to say what it was, 'cause if I don't get it, you know, then I'll just look like a loser. [ Laughs ] Yeah, I was auditioning. It's a great way to keep the fire going, to push yourself and challenge yourself to do something that's a bit frightening. To me, auditions are like standardized tests when you're in school. You just never look forward to them, but there's something fulfilling about getting it over with. And then you feel good about yourself if you did a good job when the results come back, you know what I mean? I have a love-hate relationship with it.

A standardized test ... so you walk away worried about whether or not you filled in the bubbles completely? You walk away like, "You know what, there's nothing else I can do. I've already finished it." I feel like I'm one of those people who are not necessarily the best at auditions. It's such a weird environment. But it doesn't necessarily mean that you're not good at what you do ... sort of like standardized tests. People can be quite intelligent, but the nature of those kinds of tests, you know, they're not for everyone. That's how I feel at auditions ... like I'm maybe not the best in the audition room, but I'm confident I can do the work when it comes down to it if I were to get the job.

Looking at your résumé, I would think people would have a good idea of what you're capable of doing. Well, that's very sweet of you. But the sort of thing I'm looking forward to doing in the future is stuff that would be challenging. You know, we're all put in a kind of a box and defined a certain way, and I'm happy to continue growing as an actress and as an artist and finding things that really scare me a little bit. Pushing myself to go to places and do work that I've not done before. Those are the sorts of roles that require a bit more work to even get into the room to audition for. For certain projects. It's an interesting world, but I'm happy to do whatever it takes to push me artistically.

Saved! is a camp classic. Oh, I love that movie.

Every time I see the big Jesus fall on you, I'm just ... [ Laughs ] It's very satisfying! I remember watching it at the premiere and going, "Yes."

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