Oftentimes in Hollywood, folks will change their names to avoid confusion with other celebs who may share their moniker. But that's not always the case, as seen with the dueling Mandy Moores, both of whom are famous in their own right!
Then you have award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore, who's lent her expertise to TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. That Mandy, born Samantha Jo Moore, has choreographed routines for SYTYCD on every season since 2007, racking up four Emmy nominations in the process. But it wasn’t until she linked up with DWTS that she landed a win. She joined the ABC show at the start of Season 20 in 2015, and took home the Outstanding Choreography trophy in 2017 for her “On Top of the World” and “Carol of the Bells” routines.
The 41-year-old’s work has also lit up the silver screen. For example, she choreographed all three of director David O. Russell’s films with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper: Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and Joy.
“I can’t say enough about Mandy Moore,” Ryan told ET. “She was just an unstoppable force of goodwill that just, I mean, I shudder at the thought of her not being a part of this [event]. She’s such a key ingredient to the way it turned out.”
“She’s the most incredible, patient, brave, and amazing woman,” Emma added. “And that honestly was my favorite part of the whole experience — was getting to dance with her.”
Meanwhile, the other Mandy Moore laughs off the confusion. “I’ve gotten emails over the years from people, like, ‘Congrats on the Emmy nod!’” the singer-actress told Jimmy Fallon earlier this year. “And I’m like, ‘Ugh, not me’ … I am the worst dancer, which is the irony here. Like, I have no rhythm. Anybody who watched my music video when I was 15 for ‘Candy’ can see that I am the worst dancer.” Hey, we'd still love to see a Mandy-Mandy collab at some point!