Close your eyes and picture Mandy Moore. You’re thinking of Rebecca Pearson from This Is Us, aren’t you? Ever since NBC introduced the hit tear-jerking series, it’s become difficult to separate Moore from her TV mom persona. So difficult, in fact, that it’s rare for us to recollect that the star actually got her start as a teen belting out bubblegum pop in the ’90s.
Although Moore’s mane has been chestnut brown for more than a decade now, her hair’s original hue is closer to her circa 1999 “Candy” music video blonde. In an interview with PopSugar in 2017, Moore said those OG locks make her “shudder a little bit to myself” — her trademark brown “feels the most like me.”
It’s no wonder she never looked back after dying her hair darker for 2002’s A Walk to Remember. She told Entertainment Weekly. “It was transformative because it came at a time in my life when I was only seen from the pop music landscape and through that lens. There was a real significance to coloring my hair.”