9 Quotes from Mandy Moore's Costars About How Much They Adore Her
Mandy Moore is one of those celebrities everyone imagines as their best friend. She just seems like the kind of person you want in your life — and her costars would appear to agree. In honor of Moore's birthday on April 10, we rounded up nine of the sweetest things her fellow actors have said about her over the years. Prepare to love her (and them!) even more than you already do. (Photos via Kevin Winter/Getty Images + Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The Rape Foundation + Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner)
Shane West on Mandy Moore: West, who costarred with Moore in the 2002 romantic tearjerker A Walk to Remember, praised the actress in a touching speech at her 2019 Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. He said that although that they "could not have been more opposite" when they met, they formed a special bond on set — a bond that's still going strong today.
"Not only was this film a wonderful experience in every way, it gave me the chance to fall for this fantastic woman," he shared. "Mandy, you are an absolute gem, your smile is absolutely ridiculous — seriously, it's ridiculous, and it lights up the room when you walk in — your energy is irresistible, and your heart is second to none. I couldn't be more proud of you, I couldn't be more happy for you. Love ya." (Photo via J. Vespa/WireImage)
Milo Ventimiglia on Mandy Moore: On NBC's This Is Us, Moore and Ventimiglia play Rebecca and Jack Pearson, one of our all-time favorite TV couples. Their fictional relationship is only made better by their real-life affection for each other, which they talk about frequently in interviews. Exhibit A? After she praised his kissing skills in 2016, he returned the compliment while chatting with E! News, saying, "I respect and I appreciate [what she said], and she is [my best onscreen kiss]. … She may have had some steamy ones in the past, but I thank you Mandy for saying I'm the best. Right back at you!"
He also gushed about her and her now-husband, Taylor Goldsmith, when the couple first got engaged in 2017. "Taylor, he's the kindest soul, and Mandy, she's like the most beautiful of human beings," he told Ellen DeGeneres at the time. "So the two of them coming together, it's right and it's good." (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Justin Hartley on Mandy Moore: Hartley, who plays one of Moore's adult children on This Is Us, was effusive when asked about the actress' engagement to Goldsmith in 2017, telling Elle, "Taylor's an amazing guy. He found a wonderful woman. They're like-minded. They're two of the nicest humans and smartest people I've ever met. They're going to be great together."
He was similarly complimentary while talking about his TV mom in an interview with Hello! in 2016. "Mandy is lovable, smart, and a wonderful actress," he raved. Like her Walk to Remember costar Shane West, he also noted her sunny disposition, telling the mag, "Her smile lights up a room!" (Photo via Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner)
Chrissy Metz on Mandy Moore: Metz wasn't surprised when Moore was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2017. In fact, she thought the recognition was long overdue. "I feel like people have been sleeping on Mandy Moore, so I get a little territorial 'cause this woman spans six decades [on the show]," she told Entertainment Tonight at the time. "People don't understand the work, the nuanced performance."
More recently, Metz supported Moore when she spoke out about her marriage to musician Ryan Adams in a New York Times article. "Mandy handles everything with such grace," Metz told Extra. "We didn't even know she was going through it until we knew the article was coming out. She just said I have to talk about it and I thought, 'Oh, wow, if she can talk about it, it's going to help so many other people talk about things that are really difficult. … She is completely supported and loved. She is a tough cookie." (Photo via Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation)
Sterling K. Brown on Mandy Moore: Not to be outdone by his onscreen siblings, Brown praised Moore in an interview with THR in January 2019, saying she deserves more recognition for her performance as Rebecca on This Is Us.
"Honestly, I don't know what else you want from Miss Amanda Moore, who is 34 years old and plays a 42-year-old man's mother, who's actually 38 on the show, and you don't blink an eye! I don't blink an eye," he said. "When I call her Mom, she's my mom. I don't see somebody eight years younger than me. I see my mother, and I love her, and I respect her as a thespian, as a human being. I feel like unfairly sometimes, the stigma of being a former child pop star maybe looms over her, but Mandy Moore is acting her ass off. I'm a fan." (Photo via John Sciulli/Getty Images for Turner)
Zachary Levi on Mandy Moore: Before he suited up as Shazam, Levi voiced Flynn Rider in Tangled, which featured Moore as the voice of Rapunzel. When he got a chance to reunite with the actress for Tangled: The Series, he couldn't help but gush about his friend to E! News, telling a reporter at the premiere, "I love that girl so much. … She's such an awesome, lovely individual and we've remained friends over the years." He then motioned to Moore nearby, adding, "Look at how gorgeous she is! She's just stunning." (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Anne Hathaway on Mandy Moore: Seventeen years after sharing the screen in The Princess Diaries, Moore and Hathaway reconnected over Instagram. Moore posted a photo of herself and the Oscar winner at the premiere for the classic film, along with the caption: "@annehathaway was already a movie star and I showed up to my first premiere in a casual denim suit. Hey, it was 2001!"
Hathaway responded in the comments, quipping, "That's the face I make when I'm trying not to flop sweat on a terrifically famous pop star." She then complimented Moore on her career and referenced a particularly memorable scene they shared in the movie, writing, "So happy for all that you have going on! Let's get together and throw ice cream at each other soon." (Photo via SGranitz/WireImage)
John Krasinski on Mandy Moore: The Office alum costarred with Moore in the 2007 rom-com License to Wed, and during a press junket for the movie, a reporter asked what expectations they had of each other before they met. Krasinski replied that he didn't really know what to expect but that he was very pleasantly surprised once they started working together.
"I do think that she's an anomaly. I was so impressed at the way she carried herself," he said, according to Collider. "I don't know what I was expecting, but I think when you read on paper what the stats are, that she's been doing this for so long and been successful for so long and loved by everybody for so long, you sort of expect that to go to someone's head. I know it will [go to] mine as soon as I get reviews like that. But the fact that she was so grounded and so intelligent, you wouldn't know that she's missed anything throughout her life, and I'm sure she's missed so many big moments and sacrificed for her career, and you wouldn't know it for a moment. She was just extremely fun to have around and I loved it." (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Diane Keaton on Mandy Moore: Keaton was impressed by Moore's work ethic when they costarred in the mother-daughter comedy Because I Said So in 2007. "I love Mandy," she told Collider at the time. "The thing about Mandy is, what I really love about her, she's just a little workhorse, like a filly out there. She loves to work and you can see her progress as an actress. She's a very emotional actress, but she's funny, she's adorable, and she's beautiful to look at. … It's going to be really interesting to watch her in life. I think she's going to be really surprising." (Photo via Kevin Winter/Getty Images)