As this decade comes to a close, it’s time to take a moment to reflect on Mandy Moore’s on-screen roles from Grey’s Anatomy to This Is Us.
This Is Us star Mandy Moore has had quite the decade when it comes to her television and film roles. The 35-year-old actress continued to prove that she can do just about anything thrown her way, which includes portraying the same character at varying stages of life. Let’s take a look at five roles that defined her 2010s.
Grey’s Anatomy (2010)
Mandy Moore kicked off the decade with a special guest role as a patient, Mary Portman, in the latter half of Grey’s Anatomy Season 6. Mary Portman wasn’t just any patient, though. She was a key character in the two-part season finale which saw a shooter wreak havoc all over the hospital. Separated from her loving husband, Mary had to forget about being a patient and help Dr. Miranda Bailey tend to a wounded Dr. Charles Percy. Moore was a perfect fit for this dramatic role, although her character eventually passed away due to medical complications in the following season.
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2010 was a big year for Moore with the release of Disney’s animated hit, Tangled, in which she voiced the main role of Princess Rapunzel. The film was nominated for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song by the Golden Globes, as well as Best Original Song by the Academy Awards. Moore’s time as Rapunzel didn’t stop there.
The golden-locks princess was also featured in the 2012 Tangled: Ever After short film, a 2014 episode of Sofia The First, the 2018 film Ralph Breaks the Internet, as well as Tangled: The Series, which has been on the air since 2017. Though her face may not be seen, Mandy Moore has become synonymous with Disney’s version of Rapunzel.
Red Band Society (2014-15)
Mandy Moore returned to a hospital set in 2014 to fulfill the recurring role of Dr. Erin Grace, chief of medicine at Ocean Park Hospital. This series about youth battling cancer and other illnesses only aired for one season on FOX before the plug was unfortunately pulled. Moore was featured in five of the thirteen episodes alongside Hollywood powerhouse Octavia Spencer.
This Is Us (2016-Present)
With Red Band Society cancelled, Moore was able to shift her focus to portraying Rebecca Pearson in this critically-acclaimed drama that hit NBC in the fall of 2016. If you didn’t love Mandy Moore before, then you probably grew to love her over the last few years. Portraying varying ages of Rebecca from 25 to 65, Moore continues to outdo herself and prove she should’ve won any award nomination she’s received from the Golden Globes to the People’s Choice Awards.
47 Meters Down (2017)
Mandy Moore had a change of pace when she portrayed Lisa in this horror film, which hit theaters in June 2017. Lisa and her sister Kate, portrayed by Claire Holt, were tasked with surviving on the ocean floor in a shark cage when a malfunction occurred with the device holding the cage. With air supplies running low and great white sharks swarming them, the sisters had to find a way to survive.
The film was considered a success at the box office despite receiving mixed reviews from audiences. Moore was lucky enough to be nominated for Choice Summer Movie Actress by the Teen Choice Awards. A standalone sequel was released in August 2019, but none of the original cast members were featured in that project.
Going into 2020, Moore continues to celebrate two decades of performing on screen and entertaining millions of people around the world with her unmatched talent. I know I’m looking forward to seeing her explore elderly Rebecca throughout the remainder of This Is Us Season 4.
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