Indian food, people’s kindness and a completely different culture are enough to make Hollywood actor Mandy Moore, who is in India, fall in love with the country. The 31-year-old wishes she didn’t have to leave so soon.
“I loved everything and I am not ready to go home yet,” she says, adding, “The food has been an absolute highlight of this trip. I wasn’t expecting that. I love Indian food. We have had litti choka and kebab in Lucknow and so many good sweets,” she says.
Mandy says that masala tea is something that she will definitely pack in her bag on her way back home. “I don’t know what we would be able to sneak into our suitcases before we go. I definitely want to get some masala tea. I am a big tea drinker and this tea is different and delightful,” she says.
While she has no idea about Bollywood, Mandy says she would love to act in films here. “It would be so cool to come and work here. I would do that in a heartbeat, if the role is cool and something different, which I am assuming it would be,” she says. And what’s more, she wants some film reccos too. “What Bollywood film should I check out? I am going to write down these suggestions,” she says.
Mandy Moore, who is here to support the cause of gender-based violence as a part of the Population Services International’s Project Wajood, as their ambassador, says that she is glad she got the chance to talk to women in India. “I have really been taken by the kindness of people here. Especially by the spirit of women … I did not expect that. I wasn’t sure what I was going to encounter. The women are so confident, spirited and universal here,” she says.
Moore, who is busy working on her films, music as well as social causes, says she feels she is already successful. “I think I have already found it. I am not sure about what my exact definition of success is, but I am kind of sure that I am living it,” she says, adding, “I feel that every aspect of my life is satiated and feel fulfilled in a certain way. I have wonderful friends. I get to do what I love to do. I get the chance to travel around and sort of see a world outside on my own and step outside my comfort zone and help amplify issues that are important.”
Mandy, who has been seen in films such as A Walk to Remember (2002) and License to Wed (2007), says that she has always tried to find a way to relate to her characters. “I think it is important to find some way to sympathise or empathise with them. I think you need to find a way to have some sort of in one way or another in order to just understand who that person is,” she says.
The actor adds that she makes it a point to be on the lookout for different characters. “It’s about finding opportunities to stretch and grow as an artist and be a part of projects that really push your boundaries,” she says.
Check out some of the pictures Mandy shared on Instagram:
Nearly 80% of the population in #Bihar (a state with almost 100 million people) don't have access to proper sanitation or toilets, leading to disease, violence and rape against girls & women and death (roughly 450,000 children in India die of diarrheal disease annually). So I was unendingly inspired by the strong and spirited women I met in #Bihar, embracing microfinance loans to buy #toilets. #SanitationMatters #india