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Mandy Moore in Because I Said So
Those filmmakers just love to make Mandy Moore sing when she does a movie. Can’t they just let her act? In Because I Said So, she performs two numbers with actors playing her mom (Diane Keaton) and sisters (Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo).
Moore Sings Because I Said So
“I'm always a little bit hesitant because I think it's important, for me at least, to keep them as separate as possible,” said Moore. “But Diane was all for it and I was like, 'Okay, if Diane wants to do it, I'll do it.' But I actually had a lot of fun. It was sort of a different experience because we all had to rehearse together and we went in the studio together to record it. I've never been so nervous to sing in front of people before. It was an interesting experience but it was so much fun to actually choose the numbers in the film. We had a great time, working out our harmonies and everything. Felt like we were in like a girl group.”
The romantic comedy has Moore playing a caterer with no luck in relationships. Her meddling mother uses the internet to pick out her ideal candidate, but a more unexpected possibility comes along. Though the chef may seem a bit like Rachel Ray, Moore denied the inspiration.
“I didn't really base it on anybody. Obviously, I think every character you bring as much of yourself to the role as you can, and I liked that about Milly. I found a lot of myself in her in terms of I really feel like she's at this crossroads in her life of becoming a woman and someone that's always been focused on her career and rightfully so and just hasn't gotten the love department quite right yet. I sort of felt myself relating to her in that sense.”
Milly has a distinct laugh, full of snorting in typically adorably rom-com fashion. “That was the bane of my existence. Yes, it was scripted. And Michael [Lehmann] kept referencing the Sandra Bullock movie where she kind of does the snort. I haven't seen that so he was like, 'You know, like what she does in Miss Congeniality' and I didn't really have a frame of reference. But yes, that was kind of the bane of my existence because they're like, 'We want it sillier and goofier.' For some reason, I felt completely awkward and embarrassed to just come up with this sort of unnatural laugh. I was doing ADR like laughing for 10 minutes, trying to find the perfect laugh. Who knows how it's all pieced together in the end?”
Perhaps her most awkward moment is a scene where Milly describes an orgasm to her own mom. “It was kind of all written out but it was sort of written in a way where obviously she's kind of finding her words and finding the right way to approach it with her mother, so I think I kind of infused a little bit of myself in there as well.”
Because I Said So opens to theatres on February