License To Wed : Mandy Moore Interview

Mandy Moore (Sadie) Q&A

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

MANDY MOORE: Yeah. I’m a lucky girl, huh?

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

MANDY MOORE: 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.

QUESTION: You seem to have carved out in a nice place of being in many ways the ideal woman, fiancé, girlfriend, whatever, and then twist it.

MANDY MOORE: Really? You think so?

QUESTION: Then there is a little subversive streak.

MANDY MOORE: Well, Sadie’s a bit controlling, sure. But honestly, that’s something that I related to, a little bit, yeah.

QUESTION: Do, do you make lists like Sadie? Are you then…

MANDY MOORE: 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.

QUESTION: And there goes the relationship.

MANDY MOORE: And there goes the relationship and the wedding is off. She kind of skipped a couple of steps, I have to say. Personally, I think I would have found some intermediate steps before just jumping to the conclusion of this wedding can’t happen.

QUESTION: Especially the night before.

MANDY MOORE: The night before, yeah, at the wedding rehearsal.

QUESTION: In a relationship comedy, a lot hinges on the couple being together at the end. So, it a way it’s a foregone conclusion.

MANDY MOORE: I am the quintessential girl who loves relationship comedies and romantic comedies, and I appreciate knowing the outcome and expecting that the characters find each other and work out their differences. Sure, maybe it’s not the most realistic, but that’s what you go to the movies to do, is to sort of lose yourself in the fantasy of it.

QUESTION: What would be a deal-breaker for you in real life?

MANDY MOORE: Someone that takes themselves too seriously, someone who’s dishonest, who has no sense of humor. I don’t know. Those are probably the first big deal-breakers for me, sure. And hygiene, I think has factor in at some point too. Yeah. That’s a deal-breaker, someone who’s not hygienic.

QUESTION: What was it like working with Robin Williams?

MANDY MOORE: Oh, ho. What is there to say? I think that’s like the most asked question. He’s fantastic. I mean, he’s everything you would hope for and expect. And I definitely was entertained the whole time. And I feel lucky that I had John to sort of diffuse some of that energy. And the two of them are both comedians, so they joked around a lot. And I just got to be the girl that sat in the corner and applauded and giggled and was entertained the whole time.

QUESTION: Did you find you had to assert yourself to be a presence among those two?

MANDY MOORE: To be quite honest, no. I never felt the obligation to assert myself. I just decided very quickly, early on. I was like, ‘I think I’ll take a backseat here. I’ll let them take care of all the jokes and it’s not really my part in the film anyway.’ But you can’t help but laugh, maybe even at the most inappropriate times with those two. Like I was always the first one to break character while we were filming scenes because Robin’ll stick to the script, and then without knowing, he’ll go off on a tangent about something and completely improv, and I just would lose it. Yeah. So, I felt unprofessional at the end of the day.

QUESTION: Did you ever have moments where you wanted to be able to make him laugh?

MANDY MOORE: No. I don’t know. I think maybe that’s a more appropriate question for John because I really knew my place. I was like, ‘All right, I am not funny.’ I like to laugh at people, so I think that’s what my job is going to be in this situation. I will just be entertained by that entity, by Robin. And he does a great job of it. But he’s also obviously extremely brilliant, like, he’s 10 steps ahead of you. You can bring up a topic and be talking about something, and it’s fun to watch and see how he’s going to take it and either be able to speak very articulately about it or turn it into a whole shtick and a joke and do a routine about it. So, I had fun seeing how his brain worked in that way.

QUESTION: Did you ever have a Reverend Frank figure in your life?

MANDY MOORE: No. No. I’ve been very lucky, like I don’t have the intrusive mother. I don’t have the overprotective father. I have supportive parents and great friends and stuff, but I think they all trust my decisions and the choices that I’ve made so far in my life that they kind of leave me be.

QUESTION: Were there any ideas that Reverend Frank gives in the film that you would want to incorporate into your own life?

MANDY MOORE: I think there’s something to be said for the communication exercises, for us having to get into a little bit of a fight and be put in a situation that isn’t the most ideal, and we have to sort of work it out and work out our differences. And the blindfolded driving – I definitely think there’s value in that as well. I don’t know if I really subscribed to the whole idea of doing like a marriage prep course and that entails whether or not you’re ready to get married. But I wouldn’t discount it, like if it works for someone, if it fulfills them and that feels like the right thing, why not? I don’t think I’d pass necessarily, you know what I mean?

QUESTION: What’s it like working with someone like Robin Williams or Diane Keaton, who was in your last film?

MANDY MOORE: 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. But everyone in their own right, they’re just fantastically talented people. And I think eventually, you sort of get past it but not fully. Always in the back of your mind you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is Robin Williams that I’m working with right now, that’s making a joke that I’m laughing at.’ Like you can’t really ever get past that.

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

MANDY MOORE: I have fun kind of going back and forth and doing a little bit of both. I mean, for sure on and indie film, everyone’s on set doing a film for the right reasons because they’re a team and want to come together to make an indie film. It’s not always the case unlike a bigger budget film. But I have fun. I mean, it really feels like a team effort coming together, making a film like Dedication that was shot in 20 days in the bitter winter of New York, running around, nobody had trailers, there wasn’t much of a budget for anything. But I feel like those are almost more of feeling experiences because you really band together and do the work and get it done whatever way you can.

QUESTION: So, on top of all these releases, your album's coming out, right?


QUESTION: What could we expect?

MANDY MOORE: Oh, man. It’s a very different direction for me musically. 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.

QUESTION: Who do you listen to?

MANDY MOORE: 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 of like indie artists. And there’s a great musical community here in L.A. of singer/songwriters, and I think it’s an exciting time for music.

QUESTION: How are you balancing this? You have movies, you have the album, now you have a tour? Do you take a break?

MANDY MOORE: No rest for the weary right now. I’ve kind of been on a promo trip since the beginning of the year for the record. I don’t know. I mean, to be quite honest, I like having a full plate. I feel lucky to be busy. There will come a time where I’ll probably be like, ‘You know what? I need to take like a couple of weeks off just for myself, to regroup and maybe start writing again, or whatever it may be.’ But right now, I think I have this forward momentum and I feel great, you know?

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

MANDY MOORE: I have never met Bette Midler. I’d love to meet Bette Midler. I’m a huge fan, just everything she’s accomplished in her career. And she’s a household name, she’s done it in her own way, her own terms and she’s done theater and TV and movies and recording, and that’s kind of everything I hope to accomplish.