There were four of them in the late 90s/early 2000s, right? Britney, Christina, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore. Mandy got into movies but after the modest success of A Walk To Remember, none of her movies went anywhere. And none of her tv projects seemed to go anywhere either.

This week Mandy was at the TCAs promoting This Is Us. The show premieres on NBC in September and is one of the most promising new series of the fall season, breaking records in May for generating the most trailer views for a new show. At the time, I wondered about the timing. Because Mandy Moore has been in SO MANY pilots. Most of them when she was involved with and married to Ryan Adams. As I mentioned a few months ago, is it coincidence or conspiracy that it feels like it’s happening for her now that she’s no longer with the insufferably precious Ryan Adams?

She might see it that way too. At the This Is Us panel on Tuesday, Mandy told reporters that

"It was sort of a soul-crushing thing to be a part of pilot season year after year and for things not to move forward. Not to sound cheesy, but I'm a big believer that things happen for a reason. I read [this] script in October of last year and was immediately like, 'I will do whatever I can to be a part of this.' I'm thrilled this is the one that's moving forward and I get to be a part of this incredible cast."

And if that wasn’t clear enough, in her mind, it’s not a coincidence, not at all: 

“I think everything happens for a reason. I think I spent a good portion of the last years of my life really pouring all of my energy into my life and relationship, and now that that's sort of not part of my life any more. It's just not a coincidence to me that things sort of opened back up, and I'm able to focus back on myself again.”

Some people bring sh-t energy into our lives. And when they’re with you, nothing is ever right. Once the sh-t energy in Mandy’s life went away, the turnaround seems immediate, non?