Mandy Moore is back, and in her new music video for “Fifteen” off her upcoming record Silver Landings, she pays tribute to her early rise to success as a teen pop star.
Now at 35 with twenty-years experience under her belt, Mandy looks back on her youth — with all her glow stick “Candy”-glittered lips and touring with boy bands to her hit songs on the radio — she provides an intimate, bittersweet portrait of a lost youth where she has “no regrets, with a few exceptions.”
Featuring an acoustic-folk ensemble and Mandy’s own words of reflection, she candidly sings about her own experiences, “learning to love all the imperfections” and wondering how she was “so real, real famous, without even knowing why.”
Mandy, who has often joked about her bubblegum pop records in past interviews, has learned to love her younger self.
She shared on Instagram, “It’s been a full circle journey to embrace who I was as a teenager starting off in this industry and forgive my past self for judging her so harshly.”
“For years,” she continued, “I apologized for the creative output of that time but in the making of this new collection of music, I was able to process so much and have come to have great affection for that young girl, that part of me, because she’s the reason I’m here today.”
Earlier last March, Mandy was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the film and television industries in the past twenty years: she made people fall in love with Jamie Sullivan in A Walk to Remember, voiced Disney princess Rapunzel in Tangled, and spanned the many years of Rebecca Pearson in NBC’s This Is Us (which has gotten her numerous Emmy and Golden Globe noms, as well as a SAG Award win with her ensemble cast).
Silver Landings, which is due this March 5, is Mandy’s first album since 2009’s Amanda Leigh. To start anticipation and head back to the live stage, she played a four-night residency in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater this past January and February (you can view my recap here).