Mandy Moore on Tangled
The star of the new animated adaptation of Rapunzel chats about joining the ranks of Disney princesses.
Wed Aug 18 2010
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Attention parents of princess wannabes: Brace yourselves. The next Disney princess is on her way, and she's primed to become your daughter's next obsession. Voiced by singer-actress Mandy Moore, Rapunzel is the centerpiece of Tangled, a CGI-animated riff on the classic fairy tale. Moore chatted with us about her iconic role.
Growing up, who was your favorite princess?
Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Remember when she sings as she gets her voice stolen from Ursula? I used to walk around my house when I was little singing that part. That was a big turning point for me. I remember more consciously thinking that I wanted to be a singer.
As a kid, did you ever think that one day you'd voice a Disney princess?
There are only so many princesses, so it didn't feel like it was in any realm of possibility. When I heard about the audition, I didn't want to set myself up for disappointment. Everybody was trying out for it. It's such an honor. It's such a neat piece of pop culture to be a part of.
How is Rapunzel different from the rest of the pack?
She's a bit more relatable than the others, especially because she doesn't even know that she's a princess until the very end. I like to think of her as the bohemian Disney princess. She's barefoot, living in her tower, painting, reading—a Renaissance woman.
You're 26 now. What was it like to go back to playing a teenager?
To be honest, the whole teenager thing didn't really factor in. Even though Rapunzel hasn't stepped out of her tower, she's a pretty worldly young woman. She's very well-read and fiercely independent, and can take care of herself. She has a multitude of hobbies and a pretty good skill set under her belt as well. She needs to up her game when it comes to love and being street smart, but that comes in due time by being outside in the real world.
Will boys like Rapunzel?
I think so. There's something special about her, something that Flynn [the young thief who rescues Rapunzel] gravitates toward and unexpectedly finds himself falling for. I think boys will be pulled in by Flynn, and they'll end up loving Rapunzel, too.
What do you think of Rapunzel's look? Does she look like you?
I like to say that we look like one another, but the character was developed way before I had anything to do with it. So I think any similarities are just coincidental. But I'm very happy with how she looks—she's adorable. The detail on her face is just mind-boggling to me. CGI is such a step forward for animation. Her hair alone is insane. You can see each individual strand. It's pretty intense.
From the previews, Rapunzel's hair looks almost magical. What's up with that?
It definitely has a sort of special quality to it. I mean, it's 70 feet long! But you'll have to see the film to figure it out.
Did you find yourself flipping your hair a lot while reading your lines?
I was envious. I wish I had longer hair. She's inspired me to grow mine out!
Now that you've starred in a movie-musical, any plans to come to New York City to star in a Broadway musical?
I would love that. It just has to be the right show at the right time. That's kind of my ultimate dream.
Tangled (G) opens Nov 24.