The former child star has had her highs and lows, but right now she’s looking forward to all the things that come with adulting—including kids, career, and newfound confidence.
Mandy Moore has a fresh, bold outlook–and we're not just talking about her deep-raven strands (courtesy of Garnier, for whome she serves as hair-color ambassador). Fueled by the success of her blockbuster TV show This Is Us, Mandy is embarking on multiple personal breakthroughs that include true love, babies, and serious body pride. The superstar let us in on her evolving transformation.
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“If you were to tell me two years ago that I’d be talking about my life in this way with you, I would have said that you were crazy. My life has changed exponentially in that short time. I went through a divorce. I moved out of a home that I had lived in for 14 years. I started a new relationship [she’s recently engaged to Taylor Goldsmith, front man of the indie rock band Dawes]. I’m on a show that changed everything for me. My man and I found a house and are doing renovations. When we move, I’ll feel like I finally have a place to hang my hat. We can set up the record player! I’ll know where my brown sweater is! And we can start a family, hopefully sooner rather than later, and establish our own traditions.” (Here's how to embrace change without freaking out.)
“When I was 12 or 13, I grew four inches over the summer, and I developed terrible posture because I was taller than all the guys and uncomfortable in my skin. Although I’ve become a lot more comfortable with myself—I’m 5'10" and a size 6—everyone has their self-doubts and insecurities. But as I get older, I’m learning what it takes to love myself fully through exercise, healthy eating, and monitoring my inner voice in an effort to keep it positive. By self-prioritizing, I feel healthier, more centered, and therefore more confident. I’ve come to love my height. Taylor is a bit shorter than I am, but I’ll put on those four-inch heels and be 6'2"!”
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“I’m very close with Milo [Ventimiglia, her costar on the show]. He has always spoken highly of his trainer, Jason Walsh, so over the hiatus between seasons, I thought, I’m going to treat myself and work out with Jason. I feed off the energy, accountability, and music in a class, but if I have to drag myself to a hotel gym when I'm on location, I usually talk myself out of it. So Jason has taught me a lot of strength training that I can do on my own. Jason also created a VersaClimber class called Rise Nation, which I do whenever I can. (Yes–the stair climber is worth your time.) It’s only a half hour, but it is crazy-intense. When you’re done, you’re drenched. There’s no real endgame for me with fitness. I’ve always been the girl who goes by how my clothes fit. I don’t weigh myself—I just like to feel good in my body. Running is a challenge I’m not up for, though I am in awe of anyone who can finish a marathon. But I do want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. That’s a bucket list item—maybe on the next hiatus. I’ve already told Taylor that I may incorporate it into the honeymoon.”
“I’ve always had a healthy relationship with food, and I feel lucky in that regard. But I’ve adopted a greater general awareness of my diet in the last few years. I’ve begun changing what I eat and looking at food as fuel instead of as gratification or a reward. I recently had a blood test that said I had celiac disease, but after a biopsy, they determined I was just gluten intolerant, so I tend not to have it in the house. I am a huge fish fan, though. I could eat some form of salmon just about every day. My fiancé and I are big snackers. We make salmon bites by cutting up the fish, smooshing it all into balls, adding in herbs, and rolling each one in crushed cashews. Then you cook them in a pan. (Another option: these teriyaki salmon skewers.) I also love nuts, nut butter, berries, almond flour, and almond crackers. And I eat a lot of hard-boiled eggs. I don’t deprive myself; I eat well to feel good, not to look good.”
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A Final Reflection
“Being a part of this show is my greatest accomplishment. I hope it’s a good, long ride. I feel so humbled by the magnitude of the work that I, along with all these talented actors, am lucky enough to do. It’s the once-in-a-lifetime situation that every actor hopes to find. Playing Rebecca [Mandy’s character on the show] at varying stages of her life, from her 20s to her 60s and every age in between, there’s never a day I show up and think, I’m just gonna coast. There’s always a lot of food for thought.”