This Is Us star Mandy Moore is featured in the January/February 2018 issue of SHAPE.
The former child star has had her highs and lows, but right now she’s looking forward to all the things that come with adulting—including kids, career, and newfound confidence.
Mandy Moore has a fresh, bold outlook–and we’re not just talking about her deep-raven strands (courtesy of Garnier, for whome she serves as hair-color ambassador). Fueled by the success of her blockbuster TV show This Is Us, Mandy is embarking on multiple personal breakthroughs that include true love, babies, and serious body pride. The superstar let us in on her evolving transformation.
“When I was 12 or 13, I grew four inches over the summer, and I developed terrible posture because I was taller than all the guys and uncomfortable in my skin. Although I’ve become a lot more comfortable with myself—I’m 5’10” and a size 6—everyone has their self-doubts and insecurities. But as I get older, I’m learning what it takes to love myself fully through exercise, healthy eating, and monitoring my inner voice in an effort to keep it positive. By self-prioritizing, I feel healthier, more centered, and therefore more confident. I’ve come to love my height. Taylor is a bit shorter than I am, but I’ll put on those four-inch heels and be 6’2″!”
“I’ve always had a healthy relationship with food, and I feel lucky in that regard. But I’ve adopted a greater general awareness of my diet in the last few years. I’ve begun changing what I eat and looking at food as fuel instead of as gratification or a reward. I recently had a blood test that said I had celiac disease, but after a biopsy, they determined I was just gluten intolerant, so I tend not to have it in the house. I am a huge fish fan, though. I could eat some form of salmon just about every day.”
A Final Reflection
“Being a part of this show is my greatest accomplishment. I hope it’s a good, long ride. I feel so humbled by the magnitude of the work that I, along with all these talented actors, am lucky enough to do. It’s the once-in-a-lifetime situation that every actor hopes to find. Playing Rebecca [Mandy’s character on the show] at varying stages of her life, from her 20s to her 60s and every age in between, there’s never a day I show up and think, I’m just gonna coast. There’s always a lot of food for thought.”
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on NBC.
Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota