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Moving Forward With Mandy Moore

Ahmedabad Times
I feel lucky to be busy: Mandy Moore
TIMES NEWS NETWORK, TNN | Sep 7, 2007

AT caught up with Mandy Moore on working with Robin Williams, balancing her films, music and her idols

In your film choices, you get to work with a lot of great people.

MANDY MOORE (MM):

Yeah. I’m a lucky girl, huh?

Is it luck or do you set out to work with certain actors?

MM:

Well, no, not necessarily. I mean, there’s obviously a million people I’d love the opportunity to work with. But who’s to say. I guess, it’s just the luck of the draw.

Do you make lists like Sadie in License to Wed?

MM:

Well, I don’t necessarily make lists, but I think I related to the idea of ‘she’s quite ambitious and she has definitely set her sights on having a career, and that’s a very important part of her life.’ But I kind of think of my day-to-day life and things that annoy me, that I kind of suppress and keep in, and then eventually, it comes out in a bigger way than it probably should.

What’s it like working with someone like Robin Williams or Diane Keaton?

MM:

There’s no way not to be in awe when you’re working with these people, like they’re legitimate legends. Especially someone like Diane, whom I completely have on a pedestal. She’s an idol of mine. They’re just fantastically talented people.

How is it to go back and forth between broad comedies and small independent films?

MM:

I have fun, kind of going back and forth and doing a little bit of both.

On top of all your movie releases, your album’s coming out, right?

MM:

Yes. I co-wrote the whole record. It’s got sort of a folky, pop tinge to it. And it’s reflective of the music that I listen to. It’s pretty organic and live sounding, and I’m just excited for people to finally hear it.

Who do you listen to?

MM:

Love Joni Mitchell. Love, love, love Patty Griffin, Rufus Wainwright, Wilco, people I collaborated with, Lori McKenna, The Weepies, Rachael Yamagata . I love a lot indie artists.

You have movies, you have the album, now you have a tour?

MM:

No rest for the weary right now. To be quite honest , I like having a full plate. I feel lucky to be busy. Right now, I think I have this forward momentum and I feel great, you know?

Is there anyone that you look up to and want to meet?

MM:

I’d love to meet Bette Midler. I’m a huge fan. And she’s a household name, she’s done it in her own way, her own terms and she’s done theatre and TV and movies and recording, and that’s kind of everything I hope to accomplish.

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