We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Mandy Moore, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the singer and actress that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: She Was Raised Catholic. Moore’s mother was a news reporter, and her father was a pilot. She was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, but later moved to Florida and was raised in a Catholic home. However, she has since said that she has varying religious views.
Number Seven: She Was Inspired by Her Grandmother. Moore’s British grandmother was a professional ballerina in London, and Moore says that she was first inspired to become an actor and singer by her.
Number Six: She Went to the Same Theater Camp as Natalie Portman. Moore attended Stagedoor Manor theater camp when she was just 12 years old. Natalie Portman had attended the camp as well, but the two attended at different times.
Number Five: FedEx Helped Her Land a Record Deal. Moore began writing music when she was just 13 years old, and she ended up getting a record deal because a FedEx delivery man heard her singing, and he subsequently contacted his friend in A&R at Epic Records. Moore ended up signing with the label.
Number Four: She Left High School When She Was a Freshman. Though Moore had to drop out of high school to pursue a career in music, she continued to receive an education from various tutors.
Number Three: She Toured With N*Sync And the Backstreet Boys. Living the dream of every adolescent girl in 1999, Moore toured with N*Sync in the summer of 1999. She later toured with Backstreet Boys that same year.
Number Two: She Is Influenced by the 1970s. Moore has said that her more mature singing sound is influenced by artists from the 1970s, including Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, Tiffany, and Blondie.
Number One: She Had Her Own Fashion Line. Is there anything this girl can’t do? Moore launched her line named Mblem. in 2005. The line was contemporary and features cashmere and knitwear catered for taller women. Moore announced in 2009 that the line would be shut down; however, she expressed a desire to re-enter the fashion world at some point.