Mandy Moore’s Music Career Inspired a New Drama Series and It Includes ‘This Is Us’ Alum

Some This Is Us fans may not remember Mandy Moore before her role as Rebecca Pearson, but that’s about to change. The award-winning songstress and actress extraordinaire began singing as a teen. Here’s how her journey inspired a new drama series coming to TV.

Mandy Moore’s singing career goes back 20 years

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Mandy Moore at the 71st Emmy Awards | Dan MacMedan/WireImage

Any ’90s kid remembers Moore’s breakout pop single, “Candy.” It’s the hit that parred up against some of the biggest pop stars of that era (Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Christina Aguilera).

NPR reported Moore was “simultaneously touring with *NSYNC and starring alongside Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries.” That shows how multi-faceted she’s always been, in multiple areas of talent.

While Moore’s work is spread out over 20 years, her musicality spans from the voice of Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled: The Series to covering songs on her hit NBC drama, This Is Us. It’s been 10 years from the release of her last album, Amanda Leigh, to now.

Moore’s first original song, “When I Wasn’t Watching,” just came out.

In a press release, Moore said of the song: “The idea of diving back into music after so much time and personal change was really intimidating to me for a while. But then I finally realized: I’m the only person who can make this move. It all has to start with me.”

It’s unclear exactly when the full album will be out, but for now, it’s OK to reminisce. We basically grew up together so it’s only right.

Moore’s had a few iconic roles over the years

Anyone who’s familiar with Moore as an actress can point to her 2002 role as Jamie Sullivan in the Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation, A Walk to Remember. In it, the religious, yet fatally ill Jamie, falls for the bad boy, Landon Carter (Shane West).

The story is said to be based on Sparks’s real-life sister, who was diagnosed with cancer. She wanted to marry before she died. She passed before filming began, so Moore’s part became that much larger than life.

The film and Moore’s part in it triggered many tears. We think it laid the perfect foundation for her portrayal as Rebecca Pearson on This Is Us.

Moore’s had plenty of roles over the last two decades, but none more memorable than playing the Pearson matriarch. The show’s earned her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and continues to be among the most buzzed-about shows week-after-week — even after Jack Pearson’s death. Sigh.

‘This Is Us’ bosses will take part in Moore’s new drama series

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Here’s a bonus scene from this week’s episode.

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Variety reported that ABC bought the pilot of ’90s Popstar, which is said to be inspired by Moore’s early singing career. The show will be about a small-town Florida family whose daughter becomes an “overnight sensation,” and their reactions to their new reality.

The premise sounds almost exactly like Moore’s early career so get your lip gloss and sparkle eye shadow and prepare to get nostalgic.

Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman) will direct the pilot. He’ll also executive produce alongside Moore (who won’t be acting in this one) and This Is Us showrunners, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, and Amanda Lasher.

If This Is Us bosses are on the job, it’ll likely hit the ground running. ’90s Popstar is a far cry from the tear-jerker NBC drama, but we can’t help but wonder how much of the new project will have that unmistakable This Is Us undertone. Fingers crossed.

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She means business. #tbt

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Moore shared the announcement on her Instagram page on Friday.

“Big news! I’m so thrilled and grateful for the chance to tell a version of my own story with an incredible team (including our TIU showrunners/writers @iaptaker and @bergernight). It’s my first project as a producer and I can not wait to watch it come to fruition.”

Last year, Moore signed a pod deal with 20th Century Fox to develop and produce for TV. Moore told E! at the 2018 Emmy’s she was on the lookout for “women-focused and musical-leaning projects.” This sounds a lot like ’90s Popstar.

She said: “When you’re lucky enough to have a platform because of your job, it’s like you gotta start thinking about the future and what’s next.”