Mandy Moore Chats With Conan O’Brien

was a guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien last night, where she talked about filming her new movie in Prague and how she’s fallen in love with the city, her quest to stand in line to get someone’s autograph — so Conan signed his for her, the process of selecting a butt double for her new film, and the reason she was there, to promote ‘How to Deal’, which is in theaters today. Read on for a transcript.

Conan: All right, everybody. We’re back. My next guest tonight is a popular recording artist and an actress who’s been in such films as “The Princess Diaries,” and “A Walk to Remember.” Starting tomorrow, she can be seen starring the brand-new movie, “How to Deal.” Please welcome Mandy Moore.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Conan: You look gorgeous.

Mandy: Thank you.

Conan: Yeah, thanks for coming here.

Mandy: Well, thank you for having me.

Conan: Well, thank you for being here. Let’s keep doing that for the whole segment.

Mandy: Thank you.

Conan: No, you. Ow! I heard today that you were — not the movie you’re promoting now, but you’ve been shooting this new movie.

Mandy: Yes, in Prague.

Conan: In Prague. Which, I’ve never been to Prague.

Mandy: Go to Prague.

Conan: Go to Prague.

Mandy: Yes.

Conan: Let’s all go to Prague at the start of the show.

[ Cheers ]

Mandy: People are crazy in Prague.

Conan: There are buses downstairs, ladies and gentlemen.

[ Laughter ] We’re gonna take buses to Prague. Did you learn any — do you learn to speak any Czech while you were there?

[ Speaking Czech ] That’s “hello.”

[ Speaking Czech ] That means, “how are you?” Also, I have my little “time out in Prague” book, and it has pick-up lines and put-down lines.

Conan: So, lines for you to —

Mandy: Which I haven’t memorized yet, but, yes, like pick-up lines because Prague is actually has — is kind of well-known for its night life.

Conan: Right, right.

Mandy: So, obviously, that’s when you would be using them.

Conan: So, a guy — how good would it be for someone to be holding, like, a book, trying to pick up a girl?

Mandy: That’s hot. That’s attractive.

Conan: What’s line?

Mandy: Well, I haven’t memorized them yet, but apparently, you can learn how to say, “do you want to try my goulash?” In Czech, and that’s supposed to be a pick-up line.

Conan: I’ve tried that line with no success.

[ Laughter ] All through the 1980s I was like, “goulash, ladies?”

[ Laughter ] Wham! What else? Anything else?

Mandy: Oh, goodness. “I lost the keys to my place. Is there room for me at yours?” Like, isn’t that a little forward?

Conan: Yeah. It also tells them up front you’re an idiot.

[ Laughter ] “I’ve lost my keys.”

Mandy: The nearest — stay away.

Conan: “Is there goulash there?”

[ Laughter ] That does sound terrible. You didn’t really — you don’t have to memorize those, ’cause those would not work.

Mandy: Those would not work, no. No pick-up lines.

Conan: Now, in that movie that you’re shooting in Prague, there was some nudity, but you don’t have to be naked. Is that right?

Mandy: No. I’m quite a modest girl, and that’s something that I’d like to stay away from. So I actually had to go through the trouble of picking a butt double. Um — because —

Conan: You know, in Prague, you can just do this, probably.

[ Laughter ] I’ve learned this is the international symbol.

[ Applause ]

Mandy: For bum?

Conan: For, yeah. For bottom. And if one cheek is slightly higher, you can raise the hand.

[ Laughter ]

Mandy: For some reason, it feels really weird. I don’t think I should be doing that.

Conan: No, no.

Mandy: It’s like a guy’s thing.

Conan: No one should be doing it. So — well, how do you pick someone to portray your butt? How do you do that?

Mandy: Very carefully. Actually, I received a manilla envelope full of girls in bathing suits facing the wall so you only saw their behinds. And they were standing in high heels, kind of a la a Miss America pageant?

Conan: Right, right.

Mandy: Well, not whistling. Why would I want to see that?

[ Laughter ]

Conan: No, I think he wanted to see that, is what happened there.

[ Laughter ]

Mandy: Well, I’ll pass ’em on down to you. So, basically, how am I supposed to be objective about women’s behinds and what looks like mine and what doesn’t? Should I pick one that’s better than mine?

Conan: See, that’s the thing is, do you want to find a butt that matches your butt? Or, I myself would try and improve on my existing butt. I would try and step up.

Mandy: I did. I think I stepped up to a greater model, or whatever you would call it.

[ Light laughter ]

Conan: The excelsior model. Try our excelsior line. Gleam, gleam.

[ Laughter ] Wow, that’s amazing. So, you take — and then the person did a good job?

Mandy: She felt very free. She actually had to strip down and jump in the Vlatava river, which is the river that runs through Prague. She did a great job, not that I was watching or anything. But, you know, she did what she had to do and I’m ve thankful.

Conan: No, but others were watching, I’m sure. The crew was there.

Mandy: The 150 male crew members were watching.

Conan: Yeah, “you guys don’t have to be here today.” “That’s all right.”

[ Laughter ] “You’re two hours early.” “That’s okay.”

[ Laughter ] I was — I was reading “seventeen” magazine the other day —

Mandy: You read “seventeen”?

[ Laughter ] Interesting.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Conan: I’m not ashamed to admit it. I was looking for diet tips. And —

[ Light laughter ] No, and you wrote an article for “seventeen” magazine.

Mandy: I did. On 60 things I’d like to do before I turn 30.

Conan: Right. And one of them was, you wanted to get an autograph.

Mandy: An autograph. I’ve never kind of stood in line and gotten anyone’s autograph before, so that’s something that’s on —

[ Light laughter ]

Conan: Some guy in the audience just went, “Conan.”

[ Laughter ]

Mandy: Can I have your autograph?

Conan: Yeah, right, right. Yeah, that’s okay. I think you probably wanna aim a little higher than me.

[ Laughter ] I’m guessing.

Mandy: No, come on!

Conan: Really? You want mine? All right.

[ Cheers ]

Mandy: Just happened to have a piece of paper lying there.

Conan: Aah. I just liked the pen. Did I get it? It’s okay, right?

Mandy: Nice black streak.

Conan: I just licked the pen like an ass. All right.

[ Laughter ] And you’ll get the conan special — huh-huh-huh-uh! Look at that. I tried to make it really cool-looking for you, and —

Mandy: Wow.

Conan: Look how it came out.

Mandy: That’s amazing. Thank you.

Conan: Yeah.

[ Applause ]

Mandy: I’ve accomplished something.

Conan: You know what’s sad?

Mandy: A small feat, but nonetheless, it worked.

Conan: I know I’m gonna see that in the trash on the way out tonight.

[ Laughter ]

Mandy: It’s all ripped up and in the trash can right outside the dressing room.

Conan: That’s a true story that actually happened to me. Like, early on when I first got the show, I went to some event. There was a bunch of people there and one person asked for an autograph, and suddenly, everyone was like, “Conan, I want one, I want one, too.” And then I was, later on, like hours later, leaving the event, and I saw two of them in the gutter blowing away.

[ Audience aws ] No, don’t be sad about that.

Mandy: I’m sorry.

Conan: It’s funny.

[ Pained laughter ]

[ Laughter ]

Mandy: Here.

Mandy: Woman in audience: I love you, Conan.

Conan: Huh? What the hell?

[ Laughter and applause ] Security.

[ Laughter ] We’ve a clip here from “how to deal.”

Mandy: Yes.

Conan: And help us set this clip up.

Mandy: This clip is basically, kind of — in the midst of a talk that I’m having with my friend, who I feel is completely disillusioned about love — my character in the movie just doesn’t believe love exists. She feels like a true outsider, and my friend has a very different opinion, so I’m trying to relay my opinion to her.

Conan: Okay, convince her. Let’s take a look at this clip from “How to Deal.”

Mandy: When you meet the right person and you fall in love — it’s like — it’s like everything you though, you though is — ah! Can you believe it?

Mandy: No. I can’t. Scarlet, come on. You are sounding dangerously close to a Hallmark greeting card. Come on, you’re gonna let yourself turn into mush over something like sex?

Mandy: Um — yeah.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Conan: I feel dirty watching that. I’m too old to watch. “How to Deal” opens tomorrow.

Mandy: It does.

Conan: And thanks so much for coming by.

Mandy: Thank you for having me. And thank you for the autograph.

[ Eers and applause ]

Conan: My autograph looks a little different than that. Mandy Moore, everybody. Thank you very much for being here. I’ll be right back.

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