The ‘This is Us’ actress has fun ties to New Hampshire

Many people discovered Mandy Moore when she started starring in the beloved and heartbreaking TV drama “This is Us.” I had to stop watching because my Kleenex budget was blowing. (Jokes. Of course I’m still watching)

Mandy made me cry LONG before ‘This is Us’. His performance as “Jamie Sullivan” in the 2002 film “A Walk to Remember” was so honest. I watched it on Netflix recently and it still brings me to tears after all these years. When Nicholas Sparks’ novels are adapted into movies, it often results in waterworks.

And let’s go back even further, shall we? I loved Mandy Moore when she released this absolute bop called “Candy” when she was just 15.

Listening to this song brings back memories!

My best friend and I spent hours in her basement relentlessly choreographing a dance to this song. Later we played it for our mothers as they sat on the sofa and pretended to be impressed.

Let’s not forget that she played the MEAN GIRL, “Lana Thomas”, in “The Princess Diaries”. DANG what a career.

This walk down Memory Moore Lane was prompted because Mandy was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts this week “Armchair Expert” hosted by Dax Shepard.

Dax was asking Mandy all about her life and childhood and she casually slipped in that she was BORN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE! How did I not know that? Nashua, to be precise.

Her father worked for American Airlines as a pilot for 42 years and just retired last December. She affectionately calls him “Captain Don”.

It is not revealed whether her father worked at Manchester Regional Airport or Logan when they lived in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Mandy doesn’t have many memories of New Hampshire as she was just a baby when her family moved to Orlando, Florida. His older brother Scott may remember their days in New Hampshire more clearly.

I like to think that the inspiration for Mandy’s hit song “Candy” was actually paying homage to her home state of New Hampshire. LISTEN TO ME! New Hampshire is home to Chutters, which has the longest candy counter in the world.

Mandy sings “I miss you like Candy” why does she miss Candy so much? Didn’t they have candy in Orlando, Florida, where she was living at the time? I think the song has a double meaning and not only misses this boy but also the sweetness of his youth and his home state of New Hampshire.

Yeah, that’s overkill I know.

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