Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After coming to prominence with her debut single "Candy", which peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, Moore signed with Epic Records. Her debut studio album, So Real (1999), went on to receive a platinum certification from the RIAA. The title track from her second studio album, I Wanna Be With You (2000), became Moore's first top 30 song in the U.S., peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of 2009, Billboard reported that Moore has sold more than ten million albums worldwide. In 2012, Moore was ranked #96 on VH1's list of "100 Greatest Women in Music" as well as #63 on their "Sexiest Artists of All Time List".
Moore's acting career began in 2001, when she made her feature film debut with a minor voice role in the comedy Dr. Dolittle 2, before co-starring as Lana Thomas in the comedy The Princess Diaries. Her first starring role was as Jamie Sullivan in the romantic drama A Walk to Remember (2002). Moore later voiced Rapunzel in the Disney animated fantasy musical comedy Tangled (2010), which co-starred Zachary Levi; her and Levi's performance of "I See the Light" won them the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Moore and Levi went on to both reprise their roles in the short film Tangled Ever After (2012) and the Disney Channel television series Tangled: The Series (2017–present). Moore has been starring as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC family comedy-drama This Is Us since 2016, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the 74th Golden Globe Awards for her role.
Amanda Leigh Moore was born on April 10, 1984, in Nashua, New Hampshire, to Stacy (née Friedman), a former news reporter who once worked for the Orlando Sentinel, and Donald Moore, a pilot for American Airlines. Moore was raised Catholic, but has since developed a "hodgepodge of things" that she believes. Moore's ancestry is Russian Jewish (from her maternal grandfather), English, and Irish. She is the middle of three children with an older brother, Scott, and a younger brother, Kyle. When Moore was two months old, she and her family moved to Longwood, Seminole County, Florida, outside of Orlando, because of her father's job. She attended Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida from 1998 to 2002.
Moore became interested in singing and acting at a young age, and cited her British maternal grandmother, Eileen Friedman, a professional ballerina in London, as one of her inspirations. Moore said "My parents thought It was just a phase I'd grow out of. But I stuck to it and begged them for acting lessons, for voice lessons."
Moore began starring in a number of local productions, as well as performing the National Anthem at numerous Orlando based events. She was only twelve years old when she attended the Stagedoor Manor theater camp, where other celebrities including actress Natalie Portman had once attended. Production director Konnie Kittrell said about Moore "She was a quiet, sweet girl", and said that even though she earned a number of solos, "She wasn't a spotlight seeker."
When Moore was thirteen, she began working on music by herself. One day, while working in an Orlando studio, she was overheard by a FedEx delivery man named Victor, who had a friend in A&R at Epic Records. The delivery man later sent this friend a copy of Moore's unfinished demo, and then Moore signed on with the label.
After signing with Epic Records, Moore began working on her debut album. While recording the album, Moore had to leave Bishop Moore Catholic High School when she was only in the ninth-grade, but continued receiving her education from tutors. In the summer of 1999, Moore began touring with the boy band NSYNC. Later that year, Moore also toured with the boy band Backstreet Boys.
Moore released her debut single, "Candy", on August 17, 1999 in the U.S. The single, which was compared immediately to the teen pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, was a commercial success in a number of countries. It debuted at number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100, before reaching a peak of number 41 on the chart. The single would later receive a Gold certification from the RIAA, for sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the U.S. The single was most successful in Australia, where it peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Charts and received a Platinum certification.
Moore's debut album, So Real, was released on December 7, 1999 by 550 Music through Epic Records. The album received a limited release in only a few countries. It received generally mixed reviews from critics when it was released, and Moore was continued to be compared to other teen pop singers. Allmusic said of the album "Fifteen-year-old Mandy Moore's debut album sounded like it was inspired almost entirely by listening to recent hit albums by 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears." Entertainment Weekly had a similar opinion about the album, and went on to give it a C- in their review.
The album debuted at number 77 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album eventually continued to climb the chart until peaking at number 31. It went on to receive a Platinum certification from the RIAA, for sales exceeding one million copies in the U.S. alone. Moore released her second single, "Walk Me Home", the same day as the album. The single failed to match the success of its predecessor, failing to appear on any major charts, but it peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart in the U.S. The third and final single was the title track "So Real" and was released exclusively in certain territories on June 13, 2000. The single was not released in the U.S., but was released in territories such as Japan. In Australia, the single became her second Top 40 hit, peaking at number 21 on the ARIA Charts. The single also peaked at number 18 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.
Before promotion for So Real had even ended, Moore had already begun working on her second album. Moore released the lead single from the album, titled "I Wanna Be with You", on July 11, 2000. The song became her first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 since her debut single, "Candy". "I Wanna Be with You" spent 16 weeks on the chart and reached its peak of 24 during its ninth week on the chart. The song became her first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, where it peaked at number 11. The single also became Moore's second Top 20 hit in Australia, where it peaked at number 13. It was also a minor success on the German Media Control Charts, where it peaked at number 70. Billboard praised the song and said, "Top 40 programmers and listeners alike will love Moore more with this track", while Allmusic chose the song as a highlight track from the album.
Moore released her second studio album, I Wanna Be with You, on May 9, 2000. The album featured the lead single as well as songs from Moore's debut album So Real. I Wanna Be with You was released as Moore's debut album in a number of countries. The album received generally mixed reviews and was criticized on the basis that it was a remix album and not a true follow-up, with Allmusic saying its style was "trashier, flashier, gaudier, and altogether more disposable" than that of So Real. The album was a commercial success, debuting and peaking at number 21 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA, for sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone. The album led Moore to winning the Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Rising Star in 2000.
In 2001, Moore began working on her third studio album, which was said to move away from the "bubblegum pop" sound she became known for. Moore said during an interview with Billboard magazine that "All of the music has started to look and sound the same" and that she chose to move in a different musical direction. Moore added that she wanted "no more dancers, no more singing to tracks. I got tired of that in a big way".
The album's lead single, "In My Pocket", was released on May 29, 2001. Entertainment Weekly said the single contained "pumping, Indian-influenced Eurodisco". It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., but did peak at number 2 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, and it reached number 21 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart. The song became her third Top 20 hit in Australia, where it peaked at number 11 on the ARIA Charts.
Moore's self-titled third studio album, Mandy Moore, was released on June 19, 2001. The album contained uptempo tracks and influences from Middle Eastern music. The album received mixed to average reviews from critics. Allmusic described the album as a "lush, layered production". The album debuted and peaked at number 35 on the Billboard 200 chart, and went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA. The album has sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide. The album also reached number 37 on the ARIA charts in Australia, her highest peak in the country to date. The album's second single, "Crush", was released on August 28, 2001; it peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, and it climbed to number 25 on the ARIA Charts.
Moore made her feature film debut in 2001, where she voiced a Girl Bear Cub in the comedy Dr. Dolittle 2 which starred Eddie Murphy. Later that year, Moore co-starred with Anne Hathaway in the comedy The Princess Diaries, based on Meg Cabot's novel of the same name and was released on August 3, 2001. She played Lana Thomas, the antagonist of Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway). On her role, Moore told In Style "I'm the crude popular girl who gets ice cream in her face."
The film opened in 2,537 theaters in North America and grossed $22,862,269 in its opening weekend. It grossed $165,335,153 worldwide—$108,248,956 in North America and $57,086,197 in other territories. The film received mixed to positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 47% of 113 sampled critics gave the film positive reviews and that it got a rating average of 5.2 out of 10. In the film, Moore performed a cover of Connie Francis's 1958 song "Stupid Cupid" while at a beach party.
In 2002, Moore made her starring debut with Shane West and Peter Coyote in the romantic drama A Walk to Remember, based on Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same name. She played Jamie Sullivan, the unpopular daughter of Reverend Sullivan (Coyote). The film opened at #3 at the U.S. box office raking in $12,177,488 in its opening weekend, behind Snow Dogs and Black Hawk Down. The film received generally negative reviews, but Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised Moore and West's "quietly convincing" performances. It was a modest box office hit, earning $41,281,092 in the U.S. alone, and was a sleeper hit in Asia. The total revenue generated worldwide was $47,494,916. The film earned Moore numerous nominations and awards for her performance.
Moore's self-titled album's third and final single "Cry" was released on November 4, 2001 to help promote the film. Commenting on the film, she said: "It was my first movie and I know people say it may be cliche and it's a tearjerker or it's cheesy, but for me, it's the thing I'm most proud of."
In 2003, Moore began working on her fourth studio album, later revealed to be a cover album titled Coverage. The album consisted of covers of songs released throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Moore's cover of John Hiatt's 1987 song "Have a Little Faith in Me" was released as the album's lead single shortly before the album, but it failed to enter any charts. The album was released on October 21, 2003 and received generally mixed reviews. Allmusic described the album as a "leap to musical maturity", but Entertainment Weekly described it as perhaps an "effort to shed her bubblegum-blond image".
The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first week sales of 53,000. This made it Moore's highest debut on the chart, and highest-peaking album to date. Despite being her highest-charting album, it is her lowest-selling, being her first album not to be certified by the RIAA. Moore's cover of XTC's 1982 song "Senses Working Overtime" was released as the album's second single and also failed to have any chart success.
Moore's cover of Carole King's 1971 song "I Feel the Earth Move" was also on the compilation album Love Rocks from LGBT rights supporters. In 2004, Moore left Epic after five years of service because of creative differences. Moore and the label released her greatest hits album, The Best of Mandy Moore that had no new songs, on November 16, 2004 to end her contract. The album reached number 148 on the Billboard 200. Moore's second compilation album, Candy, was released on April 5, 2005.
In 2003, Moore co-starred with Allison Janney and Trent Ford in the romantic comedy-drama How to Deal, based on Sarah Dessen's novels That Summer and Someone like You. She played a cynical and rebellious seventeen-year-old who deals with falling in love and her relationships and issues with her family and friends. The film failed to find teenage audiences in the U.S. and grossed a total of $14 million domestically.
In 2004, Moore co-starred with Matthew Goode in the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty. She played the rebellious eighteen-year-old first daughter who wants more freedom from the secret service. The film grossed approximately $12 million. Both How to Deal and Chasing Liberty received generally negative and lukewarm reviews, respectively; but Ebert singled Moore's performances out again and said in his review of How to Deal that Moore has "an unaffected natural charm" and "almost makes the movie worth seeing", and added in his review of Chasing Liberty that she has "undeniable screen presence and inspires instant affection". Other critics described Moore as an "actress of limited range", but one review of Chasing Liberty said that she was the "most painless of former pop princesses".
Later in 2004, Moore co-starred with Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin and Patrick Fugit in the religion satirical comedy-drama Saved! where she played Hilary Faye Stockard, a proper and popular girl at a Christian school. The film received generally positive reviews, but it did not receive a wide release. Moore received praise for her performance, with one critic calling her a "demented delight" and another calling it her best performance to date. She and Michael Stipe recorded a cover of The Beach Boys' 1966 hit song "God Only Knows" that bookended the film.
In 2005, Moore co-starred in the sports family comedy-drama Racing Stripes where she voiced Sandy the white horse and guest-starred in the HBO comedy-drama Entourage. Moore was also originally scheduled to star in the films Cursed, Havoc and The Upside of Anger, all of which were eventually released in 2005 without her involvement.
In 2006, Moore guest-starred as Julie Quinn in two episodes of the fifth season of the NBC medical sitcom Scrubs, the ninth episode "My Half-Acre" and the tenth episode "Her Story II". The same year, she guest-starred in the Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons where she voiced Tabitha Vixx in the seventeenth-season finale titled "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play".
Moore also co-starred with Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and William Dafoe in Paul Weitz's satirical comedy American Dreamz, which was released in April 2006. She played a deranged contestant on a singing competition series modelled after American Idol. Weitz said that he had Moore in mind for the role before she was cast, explaining that "there's something inherently sweet about Mandy; it makes it all the more interesting to see her in a villainess role". Moore has said that she enjoys playing mean-spirited characters, but fears being typecast as a villain.
The film opened at number nine at the U.S. box office, eventually totaling barely $7 million, and received generally mixed reviews. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Moore and Grant have a "wicked barbed chemistry" in their roles, while Robert Koehler of Variety said Moore's role was a "pitch-perfect study of a woman for whom a reality show is reality".
Later in 2006, Moore voiced Nita, the heroine of the Disney animated sequel Brother Bear 2, which was released directly to DVD on August 29, 2006. ComingSoon.net praised Moore's "surprisingly good performance". That same year, Moore was originally cast in Emilio Estevez's drama Bobby, but was replaced by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
In 2006, Moore commented on her early albums, saying that even though she believed that her debut album So Real was appropriate for her age at the time when she released it, she felt it "sucked" and that her first two albums were "just awful". Moore also said that she "would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums" if she could; during a radio interview in April 2006, the show's co-host—who had seen her comments—asked her for a refund on her debut album, which Moore fulfilled.
In early 2006, Moore said that she missed her music career and that singing is what she was the "most passionate about". Moore had signed to Sire Records after her contract with Epic ended, but she left the label in May 2006. She signed with The Firm, owned by EMI Music, in July that year, describing her recording contract as "especially exciting", and adding that she left Sire because she did not want to "follow the mainstream", but rather have "complete control and freedom" over her music. Moore's fifth studio album Wild Hope was released on June 19, 2007, and included collaborations with musicians Chantal Kreviazuk, Rachael Yamagata, Lori McKenna and The Weepies. Moore stayed alone in a house in Woodstock in Upstate New York while recording the album in late 2006. Moore performed the album's lead single "Extraordinary" at the Brick Awards on April 12, 2007 and launched a tour in the summer of 2007. The album received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Billboard said that "Wild Hope is the gratifying sound of a singer finally finding her comfort zone. Gone is the sugary pop of Moore's early career, replaced instead by thoughtful musings on love and life…an album full of subtle, but undeniable hooks." The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at #30, selling a mere 25,000 copies the first week of its release, according to Billboard. It is Moore's third-highest-debuting album, falling short of her 2003 cover album Coverage, which debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 59,000 copies. The album also reached #9 on The Top Internet albums. After five weeks, the album charted off the Billboard 200, but it returned to the chart at #118 after selling 5,500 copies. To date, the album has sold over 120,000 copies in the U.S. and more than 350,000 copies worldwide. On February 23, 2008, Moore released the album in Australia, and subsequently toured with musician Ben Lee and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Western Australia, supporting inaugural American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson on her tour. In October 2008, Moore posted on her website blog live videos of three songs that she had been working on, along with singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist Mike Viola. It was initially expected to be a duo album between Moore and Viola, but then in January 2009, it was revealed it would be Moore's sixth studio album with a collaboration with Viola, that was scheduled to be released in April 2009.
Moore, citing her conservative upbringing, expressed dissatisfaction with her appearance on a May 2006 cover of Cosmopolitan where the headline was "orgasms unlimited", which referred to an article unrelated to her. Afterward, Moore co-starred with Diane Keaton, Gabriel Macht and Tom Everett Scott in the romantic comedy Because I Said So. In the film, Milly Wilder (Moore) describes in detail the feeling of an orgasm to her mother Daphne (Keaton). The film was released on February 2, 2007 and received mixed to negative reviews, but was a financial success, earning over $69 million worldwide at the box office. That same year, Moore co-starred with John Krasinski and Robin Williams in the romantic comedy License to Wed which was released on July 3, 2007. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 7% rating and a critical consensus of "broad and formulaic". Metacritic.com rated it 25 out of 100, citing 21 generally negative reviews out of 30 for its rating. It was reviewed in Variety as "an astonishingly flat romantic comedy, filled with perplexing choices", but Variety described Moore's performance as "appealing". The film grossed $10,422,258 in its opening weekend opening at #4 at the U.S. Box Office behind Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille and Transformers, which opened at the top spot. The film had grossed $43.8 million domestically and $69.3 million worldwide. On September 24, 2007, Moore guest-starred in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in the third-season premiere titled "Wait for It". Later that year, she co-starred with Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson and Dianne Wiest in the romantic comedy Dedication, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received 41% positive reviews, based on 46 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 50 out of 100, based on 19 reviews.
Moore began working on her sixth studio album in 2008 that was scheduled to be released the following year. Recording sessions for the album took place around December 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. The album's lead single "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week" was released on March 17, 2009, for digital download. The music video premiered on April 20, 2009, on Yahoo! Music. The single, like Moore's previous singles, failed to have much success on any charts. Moore's sixth studio album, Amanda Leigh, was released on May 26, 2009. On the album, Moore said, "The music is all a reflection of me now, not somebody else's choices." Moore visited a number of talk shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On both shows she performed "I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week", to promote the album. On May 26, 2009, she performed songs from the album at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, together with Viola, the day the album set to be released by Storefront Records. The album was not released in some territories until 2010 and was not released in Brazil until 2011, two years after its initial release. The album received generally positive reviews. Time magazine said that the album was "impeccably recorded". An article on the album by Paper magazine said, "Mandy (in the album)... shows real thoughtful and emotional depth." Paper finished by saying that "Moore is a far better musician than she's often given credit for." It debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200, selling 16,000 copies in the U.S. during the week of its release, and at number 4 on the Top Independent albums chart. To date, the album has sold an estimated 100,000 copies.
After a break of almost two years from film roles, Moore co-starred with Martin Freeman in the romantic comedy Swinging with the Finkels. The film was shot in the United Kingdom in 2009 and was released in 2011. In 2010, Moore co-starred with Kellan Lutz in the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage. On May 20, 2010, Moore guest-starred as Mary Portman in the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy in the sixth-season finale titled "Death and All His Friends", her first television role since 2007. She returned to the show for three episodes of the seventh season. Also that year, Moore co-starred with Zachary Levi where she voiced Rapunzel in the CGI Disney animated fantasy musical comedy Tangled. The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 89% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 185 reviews, with an average score of 7.5/10. The site's consensus read: "While far from Disney's greatest film, Tangled is a visually stunning, thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio's classic animated canon." Another review aggregator Metacritic, which assigned a weighted average score from 0–100 out of reviews from mainstream film critics, calculated a score of 71 based on 34 reviews. CinemaScore polled conducted during the opening weekend revealed the average grade cinemagoers gave the film was an "A+" on an A+ to F scale. It earned $200,821,936 in North America, and $389,900,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $590,721,936. Worldwide, it is the 17th-highest-grossing animated film, the eighth-highest-grossing film of 2010, and the third-highest-grossing 2010 animated film, behind Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After. It is also the third Disney film appearing in the Top 10 films of 2010. It is the third-highest-grossing film worldwide produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, behind Frozen (2013) and The Lion King (1994). Moore and Levi performed the film's theme song, "I See the Light", at the 83rd Academy Awards, where it was nominated for Best Original Song. The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written For Visual Media as well as Best Song at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. In October 2011, it was announced that she was set to star in an ABC sitcom titled Us and Them. The pilot was eventually passed by the network. In 2012, she co-starred with Carla Gugino and Rufus Sewell in Sebastian Gutierrez's crime drama Hotel Noir which was released on October 9, 2012, in the U.S. From 2012 to 2013, Moore voiced Mara in the Disney XD Tron: Uprising science fiction animated series, which was canceled after one season. She voiced the title character in the Disney Junior animated series Sheriff Callie's Wild West from 2014 to 2015.
In July 2012, Moore announced that she would be collaborating with her then-husband, musician Ryan Adams on her upcoming seventh studio album. She said, "There's tremendous influence right now around the house… from the music I've been introduced to and being very happy and in a healthy, happy relationship… I think that still garners a lot of material to write about." She later said "There's a lot to say and a lot that's happened to me in the last three or so years since the last record's come out, so I have been writing a lot and it's definitely going to be an intense, emotional record. I'm excited about it. I'm excited to get into the studio and start recording." She added that she thinks the album will be "intense, emotional". On February 20, 2013, it was announced Moore would be starring as Louise in the ABC sitcom Pulling, based on the British sitcom of the same name. The pilot was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, but in March, as the pilot came closer to production, Moore's character was moved in a different direction and she believed herself to be no longer right for the role and asked to be released, which ABC accepted. Later that year, she signed on to star in the CBS legal drama The Advocates as Shannon Carter, but the pilot was passed by the network. In a July 2014 interview with CBS News, Moore said that 2014 was "the year of actual progress forward" on her album, describing it as more "dangerous" and "raw" when comparing it to her previous albums, and said that she hoped to start recording the album in Adams's studio later in the summer; she also revealed that she would appear on Adams's self-titled fourteenth album, Ryan Adams, which was released on September 5, 2014. From 2014 to 2015, Moore had a recurring role as Dr. Erin Grace in the Fox medical comedy-drama Red Band Society, which was also cancelled after one season.
In June 2015, it was confirmed that Moore and Levi would reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene in a television series based on Tangled. The animated series, Tangled: The Series, set between Tangled and Tangled Ever After, premiered on the Disney Channel in 2017. Moore co-starred with Claire Holt in the underwater survival thriller film 47 Meters Down. Filming began at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2015, and finished on August 7, 2015. The film was released on June 16, 2017.
In September 2015, Moore said that she was continuing to work on her seventh album. "I've been working on music steadily for the last couple of years. I guess 2016 will be the re-emergence of my music. That side of my life has been dormant for too long in my opinion".
In July 2016, Moore appeared on Rachel Platten's song "Fight Song" with Eva Longoria, Alan Cumming, America Ferrera, Billy Porter, Ian Somerhalder, Idina Menzel, Jaime King, Jane Fonda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Lucas, Julie Bowen, Kathy Najimy, Kristin Chenoweth, Mary McCormack, Mary-Louise Parker, Nikki Reed, Renee Fleming, Rob Reiner, Sia and T. R. Knight for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Moore has been co-starring as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC family comedy-drama This Is Us since September 2016, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.
In July 2017, Moore announced her intentions to return to music with People. She said, "I want to return to music. […] I don’t have a record label, but I have a lot of music written. Next year, I’ve decided I’m putting it out there!"
When Moore's musical career began in 1999, she was known for her bubblegum pop sound, which she revealed was not the type of music she prefers, saying, "[The record company] was like, 'Here are your songs.' I was like, 'Hi, I'm fourteen. I'll do anything.' Those albums are why I'm here today, but god damn, I should give a refund to anyone who bought my first record".
Moore has often been praised by music critics for branching off and making her own music. Billboard said, "She has successfully dropped all the tacky accoutrements of her past and turned into a sweet, classy singer-songwriter whose charms are readily apparent". AllMusic said, "Moore smoothly evolved from adolescent starlet to mature songwriter, continuing to distance herself from the scene that had launched her career one decade prior".
Moore has said that she was inspired by film and television as a child. She has also said, "I'm stuck in the '70s. I think I'll always have that kind of influence. Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, Harry Nilsson, McCartney—that's the sort of stuff I'm really inspired and influenced by". Moore also said how her then-husband Ryan Adams had a huge influence on her music, and that he introduced her to heavy metal. "Not that I can necessarily differentiate between speed metal and black metal…" she said. "I'll tolerate it, but I turn it down".
Moore's fashion career began in 2005 with her own fashion line called Mblem. that was a brand of contemporary knitwear and cashmere. One of her focuses was to sell clothing for taller women (Moore is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)). In February 2009, Moore announced that the line would be discontinued, but that she hoped to return to her fashion career under different circumstances in the future.
Moore advocates "giving with your head", endorsing the philosophy of effective altruism. Moore has worked with and highlighted nonprofit organization Population Services International (PSI), and its subsidiary, Five & Alive, which addresses health crises facing children under the age of five and their families. Moore has served as the Honorary Chairperson of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's division on awareness for youth. She served as a spokesperson by helping young people be aware of the seriousness of leukemia and lymphoma. She also serves as the spokesperson for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, held every January. In addition, to increase cervical cancer awareness, Moore collaborated with Dr. Yvonne Collins, The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF), and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Moore made a surprise visit at Children's Hospital Los Angeles as a part of Get Well Soon Tour. Moore is the ambassador for the UN Foundations's Nothing But Nets malaria prevention campaign. As a part of the Nothing But Nets campaign Moore interviewed Laurence D. Wohlers, United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic, in 2010 and helped the campaign raise $1.2 million. Moore is also the spokesperson for Dove's self-esteem movement and the "Women who should be famous" campaign. Moore also teamed up with Indrani Goradia, a domestic violence survivor and founder of Indrani's Light Foundation, along with Mom Bloggers Club, to help raise awareness and campaign against domestic violence.
Moore was one of the demonstrators at the Los Angeles 2017 Women's March held on January 21, 2017.
In 2008, Moore began dating Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams. They became engaged in February 2009 and married on March 10, 2009, in Savannah, Georgia. In January 2015, Moore filed for divorce while Adams was in New York, citing "irreconcilable differences". Moore and Adams later released a joint statement explaining their decision, describing it as a "respectful, amicable parting of ways". Court documents obtained a few days later indicated that they had been legally separated for nearly six months prior to the filing. The divorce was finalized in June 2016.
In 2015, Moore began dating Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. On September 23, 2017, she officially confirmed and celebrated their engagement with a party thrown by her friend Raina Penchansky.