This early 2000s starlet will forever live in my heart. After all, Mandy Moore's roles were always as the perfectly judgy good girl in movies like Saved, A Walk to Remember, and of course, The Princess Diaries. But if you've seen Chasing Liberty or the truly insufferable Because I Said So, you know sister can do some cinematic wrong too. Perhaps that's why she made a shift toward the small screen some time around 2007 and has mostly stuck in that space ever since. And as of two weeks ago, Moore will be returning to TV on Red Band Society, the shoot-for-the-heartstrings YA show, in a recurring guest role.
"I'm playing a doctor...it's that time in my life!" Moore said in an interview with a local Fox affiliate when she was cast as Dr. Jack's (Dave Annabelle) ex-girlfriend. Her character is returning to the children's hospital after time abroad, only to snag the Chief of Staff position... at age 30. Considering most people graduate med school in their late 20s, Moore's character would have to be some sort of Doogie Houser-esque wunderkind, but I'll let it go.
And while Chief of Staff might be a bit of a stretch for her young age, Moore is an actor and she can act like she would be in any feasible position to run the staff of a hospital full of sick children who speak in voiceover when she's only been out of medical school for a max of five years. Luckily, this isn't her first time at the TV rodeo...
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Sheriff Callie's Wild West
If you didn't really follow Moore's career when she was a youngster, but have now found yourself in the parenting years of your life (perhaps you're even a Chief of Staff), then you might know Moore from her most current TV role: voicing Sheriff Callie — just the cutest cat sheriff you've ever seen — on Disney Junior's Sheriff Callie's Wild West.
Moore describes Callie as a rootin' tootin' bandit-chasing trouble-solver; I can only hope she'll bring those skills to Red Band Society, as well.