Mandy Moore: The Anti-Britney, Lindsay

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Mandy Moore has managed to transform from innocent singing virgin to hot, sexy sensation - all without a single DUI or revealing crotch shot on her resume.

How did she do it? TV Guide asked the star this question and more...

TV Guide: How have you been able to sidestep the troubles that have plagued [Britney Spears] and [Lindsay Lohan]?
Moore: I think it all sort of comes down to family and having this wonderful support of people in your life. I know this sounds Pollyanna-ish, but it's not. I don't relate to that kind of lifestyle and exposure. That is never really the situation I've been in. And I feel lucky for that.

TV Guide: There's a scene where you're reading the lyrics to "Candy" on your BlackBerry [in the Oxygen special, I Am Mandy Moore]. Have you really forgotten them?
Moore: [Laughs] I don't know the lyrics anymore! It's something in my brain that blocks it out on purpose.

TV Guide: [New album] Wild Hope is a departure for you, and you've openly dissed your past work. Did you have any reservations about alienating old fans?
Moore: No, because I feel like people who were fans of the music before have grown up. I think there's something to be said for maturing. I would never hold it against someone if they liked my previous music, but I hope that they're willing to give this record a shot, too.

TV Guide: You and Kelly Clarkson have had similar experiences with your latest albums, in that you both strived to write your own material. But yours seems to be better received. What do you think you did differently?
Moore: Well, to give Kelly credit, I think she's incredibly talented, and I also feel there's more focus on her music and this record in particular because she's had such success. I didn't have any of those expectations to live up to. I don't know if it's fair to compare the two, but I feel like I lucked out because I've been absent from the music scene for a couple of years and no one was sort of anticipating me coming out with another record.

TV Guide: Prior to this CD, you've focused primarily on acting. What do you have coming up?
Moore: I have this little indie movie that got sold at Sundance coming out [on Aug. 24] called Dedication, with Billy Crudup and Tom Wilkinson. I play a children's-book illustrator to Billy's children's-book author, and we're sort of forced to work together.

TV Guide: How was it playing "yourself" on Entourage?
Moore: Oh, man. It was so much fun. It was kind of nice to be the girl with all the guys.

TV Guide: So... would you date Vincent Chase?
Moore: [Laughs] He's very handsome, but I don't know if I would want that sort of attention on my private life again.

Paris Hilton, of course, is fine with it.

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