By Miki Turner
Special to Page 3
LOS ANGELES -- It had been a long day. I'm assuming that's why Mandy Moore was sprawled out on the bed in her hotel suite wearing jeans, a conservatively revealing eggshell top and gold stilettos when she welcomed me into her world.The 20-year-old actress/singer was recently in L.A. to promote her new film "Saved." The wickedly funny film chronicles the lives of born-again high school students led by Moore's character, Hilary Faye. She's an angel touched by Martha Stewart -- as in sweet on the outside and a little salty on the inside. The film, which opens in select markets on May 28, also stars Eva Amurri, Macaulay Culkin, Jena Malone, Patrick Fugit, and Heather Matarazzo. Although Moore's acting career has taken off since her role in "A Walk to Remember" (she's recently inked a recording deal with Warner Bros.), it's her personal life that has attracted more headlines. Moore and tennis player Andy Roddick recently broke off their lengthy relationship for reasons that are only known to them. Moore talked about Roddick, her lack of athletic ability and her new movie in an exclusive interview with Page 3. 1. With your height, you had to play some kind of sport when you were in school? Mandy Moore: OK, I am like the most uncoordinated person you'll ever meet. Anyone in my life can attest to that. I can't even dance. I just don't have the coordination. I actually tried to play basketball when I was younger in a girls and boys league and that was only because my parents promised me Penny Hardaway basketball shoes if I played. Those shoes were tight! Yes, they were really cute. Is that not the most feminine reason to do something? That was my sole purpose. I was terrible. People thought like, "Oh, you're tall." I'm not athletically inclined at all. 2. No volleyball or anything? No, I played lacrosse for like, 2.5 seconds in high school before I left. I really liked it. I thought maybe that would be the one sport that I'd be OK at. I was OK at tossing the football, but beyond that, I'm not real good. 3. Are you a sports fan though? It's hard for me to enjoy sports all the time. I'm sorry! I much prefer going to basketball games. A baseball game is fun, too. I love football. My parents are big (Florida) Gator fans, so I grew up going to Gator football games, going to the Swamp. That, I enjoy. I love being a live spectator. 4. Are you still a Orlando Magic fan? No, not really. They're not doing so hot! We had season tickets for quite a while, but I don't think we do any more. 5. You recently broke up with Andy Roddick. What did you learn from being in a very high-profile relationship? It's a very odd thing. I've learned that I don't want to talk about my personal life any more. It's fine and dandy when you're happy, but when you're not happy any more it's not fun. It's just a part of life and unfortunately you have to go through it in the public eye, which is not a good thing at all. Regardless if you talk about something or not, people still want to know. I tried not to talk about it much to begin with, but people still pry. Do you want to get involved with an athlete again any time soon? No. The next guy I date will not be an athlete, will not be a celebrity. He'll just be a normal Joe. At least that's what I'm planning on. But you know, you can't pick who you fall in love with. I don't know. I think it would be a lot easier to date someone who's not in the public eye. Don't you think those guys might be intimidated by your celebrity? I'm not going to bite. You can approach me. We can have an intelligent conversation. Guys are just so weird. You know what? I'm over them for the time being. I'm 20. I can be bitter for a while and be over guys. 6. With all the stuff you do -- singing, acting, watching football, is there one thing that you think you might focus on in the future? There's not one that I like more than the other. Oddly enough, even starting out with the music, the film stuff has been more successful. But that only sort of drives me to want to work harder and continue with the music because I am passionate about it. If I had to choose, I'd probably say (music) would be the one I would pick. But I just want to continue to do a little bit of both if I can. 7. The field is pretty crowded now with you, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. How do you try and set yourself apart? I don't know. I think I just try to forge my own path and do different work. I think maybe being an actress and delving into the whole film side of things sort of sets me apart from my contemporaries and other people out there that are sort of doing the music thing as well. But I kind of feel at this point that we have all gone off in our different directions and the comparisons aren't necessarily there anymore. We've defined ourselves to be very different people. 8. In "Saved" you play a girl who sort of takes religion too far. Are you very religious? I'm a spiritual person. I'm a religious person. But I also think that for me religion, spirituality, faith is a very personal thing. I'm not the kind of person who'll say this is what I believe in and you should, too! It's more of an internal, quiet, grounded, fulfilling thing for me. I'd rather keep it that way. 9. You went to Catholic high school for a bit. What was that experience like? I went only for half a year, but I did go to church almost every Sunday and we had a Sunday School-esque class that we went to during the school week. It wasn't bad; it was just always sort of boring. I felt like I was at school again. We had a text book and we had to read, and sometimes we had homework to do. I didn't think it should require that much work to have religion and faith. 10. There's a rumor going around that you and your castmates did a mean rendition of Eminem's "Slim Shady" at karaoke bars. What's the story? That was hard. We kept going back to it but we could never keep up. We were always so behind in the music. I was better at "Sweet Home Alabama"! Miki Turner covers the good life in L.A. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.