Mandy Moore Opens Up

In the new issue of Teen Vogue, Mandy Moore opens up about depression, leaves pop music behind, and explains why she doesn’t like dating.

On having a quarter-life crisis:
?I?ve been going through this really crazy time in my life ? it?s what I imagine people fresh out of college go through. I?m asking myself life-altering questions like, ?Who am I? Where do I fit in this world? What am I doing, what do I want to do? Am I living to my full potential??

On her early albums:
?I feel bad that people wasted their money on such trite, blah pop music.?

On being depressed:
?A few months ago, I felt really low, really sad. Depressed for no reason. I?m a very positive person, and I?ve always been glass half-full. So it was like someone flipped a switch in me.?

On breaking up with Zach Braff:
?The breakup added to what I was going through, but it?s not the complete reason. It definitely doesn?t help if you?re already in that place…

On leaving pop music behind:
?I could?ve made a record a year ago with the same people who do everybody?s records. But I?m super-proud that I stuck to my guns. You don?t have to follow the mainstream. I love pop music but it?s not right for me.?

On dating:
?I?ve tried dating a bit, and I don?t like it. I know I should be putting myself out there. But I don?t really think it?s for me. That?s not to say I?m ready to jump back into a relationship any time soon. I?m definitely not looking. But it would be fun to have a crush.?

On why she doesn?t drink:
?I?m a control freak, and I think maybe that?s why. I?m too scared to see what will happen. I?ve been drunk maybe two or three times in my life, although I do like to have a glass of wine before going into the studio, to mellow me out.?

On her image:
?I kind of am a goody-goody. But I?m not judgmental. I?ve done a couple of movies [A Walk to Remember, Saved] where I?ve played Christian characters, so people assume I?m very religious. It?s not a completely correct perception of who I am.?

On the future:
?I?m still figuring it all out, but I want to be extraordinary. I want to live up to my full potential. I?ve always been really shy, very ?don?t look at me.? I?ve wanted to hide. But now I don?t want to hide.?

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