Mandy Moore appeared on The Tonight Show on Tuesday night (May 10) to chat with Jimmy Fallon and perform a track from her upcoming record, "In Real Life."
During their chat, Moore revealed that her role in the NBC show This Is Us inspired her return to music after not releasing new music since 2009’s Amanda Leigh. On the show, Moore plays a 70-something grandmother with dementia working to manage tensions between her three adult children, although the series follows the family across many decades.
“Unbeknownst to me when I got cast, Dan Fogelman decided to make my character’s backstory music related,” she said. “And it kind of sent me into the studio very early on in the first season.”
She continued, “I remember I sang this Little Feat/Linda Ronstadt song called ‘Willin’ and I had a band with me, and I was like, ‘I miss this, I remember this feeling!' I hadn’t made a record in five, six, seven years at that point. It activated something in me again that just pushed me to start writing and get into the studio and make a record.”
While the sixth and final season of This Is Us is currently airing, Moore is also currently promoting the May 13 release of her seventh studio album, In Real Life. The title is taken from one of the tracks on the record, which Moore performed for Fallon’s audience after her interview.
Moore will also tour in support of the record in June. She previously announced her In Real Life plans back in March.
Watch Moore's interview and performance below.
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