‘This Is Us’: Mandy Moore Talks Return To TV, Music After Divorce

Mandy Moore promotes 'This Is Us' in Los Angeles
Mandy Moore
is looking to the end of an unhappy marriage as inspiration for her next album.

“I’m writing (songs) about my life,” she says.  “The ups and downs and trials and tribulations… Love, career, family, friends, loss, all of that.”

Mandy, 32, ended her seven year marriage to musician Ryan Adams in June.

She filed for divorce in January 2015 citing “irreconcilable differences” and is reportedly dating Dawes guitarist Taylor Goldsmith.

Now she’s ready to get back to the business of making music.

“I just think life put it on the back burner,” she says.

“I’ve been writing for the last seven years since I put out a record. So I have a trough of music to choose from, but I also still feel like a lot has happened in the last two years of my life that I want to be able to put in to music and it will be cathartic.

She’s also back on network TV — this time as part of NBC’s much anticipated new drama, THIS IS US.

Check out the trailer below.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Mandy told reporters yesterday at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills.

“I think I spent a good portion of the last years of my life really pouring all of my energy in to my life and relationship and now that that’s sort of not a part of my life anymore it’s just not a coincidence to me that things just sort of opened back up and I’m able to focus on myself again.”

Here’s more of what Mandy had to share:

The past few years have been tough for you.  How are you doing?
Fantastic. It’s tough. Life is not easy, but I think it’s been great to be able to take all of the chapters of my life and be able to pour it in to a job like this. It all helps. It’s all fuel.

This is your first time playing a wife and mother.  Did you enjoy working with babies?
We only worked with babies in the pilot episode. As Dan [Fogelman, Executive Producer] just said, we’re jumping ahead and the kids are 7. It’s certainly good practice because I want to be a Mom one day so it’s working with babies and kids and everything in between.

Did anyone coach you with the birthing scene?
We did have medical liaison who was there to sort of as the laboring was getting more intense sort of stage by stage to sort of say this is what you’d be feeling at this point, this is what your body’s doing at this point. I wanted to portray it as accurately as I possibly could.

The music business has changed quite a bit since your last record came out.  Could you see yourself competing against artists like Ariana Grande?
I don’t think I was ever in competition with those people. I would not put myself in the same category as them. The last couple of records I co-wrote myself, I kind of feel that allowed me to be in this, you know. Maybe not in a larger pool of people, but not racing to be at the top by any means.

So in what way is your music different now?
Just because of my life experience. I think I have a lot more colorful experiences to bring to the table at 32 than I did at 22.

What was the best career advice you ever received?
Best career advice I’ve ever received. Obviously I’m not, just being patient. Just being patient and having faith that things will work out I guess.

THIS IS US premieres September 20 on NBC

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