The True Story of Mandy Moore’s Cameo in “How I Met Your Mother”

During its nine-season run, HIMYM featured numerous celebrity cameos, a trend that is likely to continue with the How I Met Your Father spin-off series. Mandy Moore was one of the first celebrity cameos on How I Met Your Mother, and her bizarre role helped to change the actress’s public perception at the time. Britney Spears, Katy Perry, William Zabka, and Jennifer Lopez all made appearances on the original show in one or more episodes. Moore appeared in a pivotal episode of Season 3 of How I Met Your Mother, playing a role that helped her shed her good-girl image.

In the season 3 premiere of How I Met Your Mother, “Wait For It,” Mandy Moore plays Amy. The cool, rebellious, tattooed girl Ted meets and hooks up with at MacLaren’s. Ted had broken up with Robin, and Amy was the first woman he saw after Robin returned from Argentina with Enrique Iglesias’ Gael. At HIMYM’s MacLaren’s Pub, Amy and Ted spend the night stealing liquor. Getting tattoos, breaking into a family’s hot tub, and displaying a healthy amount of PDA. Amy seemed like an odd choice for Mandy Moore to play at the time. As out-of-character as she was for Ted to date.

Mandy Moore’s portrayal of the character differed from her usual roles that many people didn’t recognize her. Mandy Moore’s brief appearance on How I Met Your Mother was one of the first times the young pop star. And the actress dared to stray from her girl-next-door, more conservative image. Moore was cast in a new light after donning tattoos and streaked hair. Breaking into another family’s home and hot tub. And aggressively making out with Josh Radnor’s Ted in public.

For the 2007 episode of How I Met Your Mother, Moore brilliantly stepped outside of her comfort zone. Demonstrating the acting skills that would later earn her an Emmy nomination with NBC’s This Is Us.

Moore’s appearances in the movies Because I Said So, License to Wed, Dedication, and Southland Tales coincided with the episode. The star’s appearance on How I Met Your Mother was also an excellent way to promote his fourth studio album, “Wild Hope.”

Thanks to Moore’s performance, Amy is one of the series’ most memorable one-episode characters. Amy was more “1994 Courtney Love” than a typical Mandy Moore type of girl (as Barney put it). But she was also clearly not a Ted type of girl. The episode of How I Met Your Mother parallels Mandy Moore’s attempt to portray. A completely different persona than her real-life reputation. With Ted fictionally attempting the same bad-boy transformation.

Before her 2007 cameo on How I Met Your Mother, Moore was known for her 1999 hit pop song “Candy.”  Her role as reserved and conservative minister’s daughter, Jamie. In A Walk to Remember, and playing a devout traditional Christian in Saved! In 2004. As a result, Amy was a stark contrast to Moore’s previous roles. And How I Met Your Mother allowed Moore to demonstrate that she wasn’t bound by her previous typecasting.

Moore began receiving more risqué, gritty, and nuanced roles after her How I Met Your Mother cameo. And style-shifting music album “Wild Hope,” breaking free from the public’s exclusive good-girl image. Moore maintained many of her sweeter roles. Such as voicing Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled, even as she continued to expand her acting chops. Simultaneously, the darker aspects of Mandy Moore’s minor role on How I Met Your Mother would resurface.

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