Mandy Moore, thirty-four today, has been around seemingly forever without coming close to superstar status, starting her film career as the voice of a bear cub in Dr. Dolittle 2, occasionally veering off into savage satire like Saved! but always returning to the animated mothership; if you saw anything related to Tangled, you heard Mandy as Rapunzel.
She hasn’t quite disowned her first album (So Real, 1999), but she won’t embrace it either:
“[The record company] was like, ‘Here are your songs.’ I was like, ‘Hi, I’m 14. I’ll do anything.’ Those albums are why I’m here today, but goddamn, I should give a refund to anyone who bought my first record.”
Several years later, while she was being interviewed on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ, K&B sidekick Dave the King of Mexico asked for his money back. Moore had her manager cut Dave a check.
I missed that first album entirely, but I did line up for this track from her second:
Still, it’s kinda syrupy next to 2009’s “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week”:
What breaks my heart is that this never made it above #90 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Come November, Mandy gets to voice Rapunzel once more in Ralph Breaks the Internet, the second Wreck-It Ralph film.