Mandy Moore Reflects on “Weird, Special” Experience Filming Indie Movie ‘Saved!’

The actress and singer reflected on the 20th anniversary of her movie ‘Saved!’ in a conversation while discussing her new campaign with TJ Maxx. She shared vivid memories from the filming, which she recalls as if it happened yesterday.

Moore reminisced about the close-knit experience on set, where the cast stayed in the same hotel and spent their downtime together. She fondly remembers the casual gatherings in each other’s rooms, saying, “We all were staying at the same hotel together while we were shooting, and I just remember all the time we would spend with each other in one another’s rooms. Like, ‘Okay, we’re all going to Jena’s room today.’ Or, ‘Oh, we’re all going to Eva’s room today, or Mac’s room,’ and we made dinners or we ordered food and we just hung out.”

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In the film, Moore plays Hilary Faye, the best friend of the main character Mary, portrayed by Jena Malone, who tries to “save” her boyfriend from being gay and ends up pregnant.

The cast also included Macaulay Culkin, Eva Amurri, and Mary-Louise Parker. Moore described the experience as akin to a fun summer camp, saying, “It was like we were all 17, 18 years old, maybe some of us were a little bit older, but it was such a fun summer camp experience. And we knew that it was a really weird, special, little tiny thing. It wasn’t lost on us what we were doing.”

Reflecting on her early fashion choices, Moore acknowledges both the good and the bad. She said, “I’m sure I’ll probably look back years from now and be like, ‘What was I thinking?’ But I think that the fashions of the late ’90s, and early 2000s were not my cup of tea. Even at the time I was like, ‘I don’t like these low-rise jeans. These are not for me.’ But I did it! That is not something I’ll be revisiting right now,” she added with a laugh.

Despite her mixed feelings about past fashion trends, Moore appreciates the journey and the lessons learned from her youth. “You live and learn, that’s part of being a young person,” she said, reflecting on the cyclical nature of fashion trends and personal growth.

-Sushmita Sarkar