Mandy Moore just released her latest album, but she keeps plowing away in Hollywood too. Her latest film, License to Wed, opens just weeks from her album's debut, so it is the perfect chance for her to compare her two crafts.
Mandy Moore on License to Wed
"I think you’re flexing the same muscles doing the music and the film stuff," said Moore. "You are trying to convey your emotions in lyrics across to an audience if you’ve written a song a few years ago and it doesn’t really hit you the same anymore. There’s a little acting in that and obviously, when you’re relaxing or trying to get in character, sometimes you listen to music. They do go hand-in-hand."
The wedding comedy inspired some of Moore's traditional girly fantasies. "I wanted a fake wedding in Jamaica. No, in terms of the fantasy wedding thing, I can kind of cross off the island beach thing. Maybe at sunset or something but we were shooting during the heat of the day and it was unbelievably hot and humid and sticky and yuk, no fun. As a little girl I thought I’d like to get married on the beach. But I’m not the quintessential girl who had these sort of fantasies about that stuff."
Her character, Sadie, does have a mapped out plan for her dream wedding. In fact, she maps out pretty much everything. Moore could relate. "I’m slightly controlling. I’m an Aires and I like things to have an order and I get slightly disturbed and I get slightly distressed and flustered if things go awry. I have related to the sort of ambitious, controlling streak she had in her."
Robin Williams plays a reverend putting Sadie and her fiancé through a ringer of a relationship course before he will perform her dream wedding. Of course, Williams does his own thing, which can challenge an actress.
"He’s pretty dynamic. I had a lot of fun but I also felt like there was no onus on me to be funny. I think I enjoyed witnessing Robin and John [Krasinski] play off each other really well, even just joking around in between takes and stuff. I just got to stand back with the crew and be entertained and watch the show in front of me. I think I found it difficult though to keep a straight face when we were actually working and I wasn’t supposed to be laughing. I was always the first one to break. I’ll admit it. I couldn’t keep a straight face."