Mandy Moore is finally getting her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, celebrating her two-decade-spanning career in music, film and television.
“As a little girl from Orlando, Florida who got her start singing the national anthem, I’m not sure I remember ever having dreams this big,” Moore tells the crowd gathered on Hollywood Blvd. “I never thought something like this would ever come to life, but here we are and it’s deeply humbling and weird.”
The “This Is Us” star says her only goal when she started her career was to “stick around as long as possible, to create some semblance of longevity and, above all, to evolve my craft in the directions that move me.”
Moore, 34, got her start in music, releasing her debut album So Real in 1999, with her highest-charting song “I Wanna Be With You” peaking at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000. Moore made the jump to acting, appearing in movies such as “The Princess Diaries”, “A Walk To Remember”, “Because I Said So” and Disney’s “Tangled”. She currently stars on the award-winning drama “This Is Us”.
“I’ve certainly had some missteps and certainly made some questionable creative choices along the way – some of the movies you mentioned and albums, but we’re not going to go into details about that,” she says with a smile. “I think that’s all part of the natural ebb and flow.”
“As I reflect back on my past journey, I can’t help but look forward to the future and everything that’s on the horizon,” she continues, citing “A Walk To Remember” and “This Is Us” as the two monumental milestones of her career.
Moore was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk Of Fame by series creator Dan Fogelman and “A Walk To Remember” co-star Shane West on Monday as husband Taylor Goldsmith looked on.
Her “This Is Us” co-stars Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Jon Huertas, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson also supported Moore at the event, which included an ill-fated attempt at picking the actress up!