On taking control of her career, Mandy said, “I feel like I’ve really come into my own, especially the last year or so. I signed a record deal with I was 14 so in a way I’ve always felt like I was in an adult world and had the responsibilities that many people my age don’t have, but just recently I felt that I have to be behind everything I do 150%.”
As for how she’s kept out of trouble, unlike some of her female peers, Mandy said, “I think that I genuinely feel so lucky to get to do what I do, that there’s part of me that would never do anything to jeopardize this opportunity. It’s not my cup of tea anyway at the end of the day. I work really hard at what I do and I’m tired at the end of the day.”
Asked what it was like working with Robin Williams, Mandy said, “Exactly what you would expect it to be. I mean he’s just incredible and such a gem of a person, but he has a lot of energy. You can’t go toe to toe with him. He’s a comedic genius. So I knew in the movie I was the straight man. I’m the girl and just sort of sit back. I had a free stand-up show on the set every day. It was perfect.”
When questioned what she set to do on her new album, Mandy said, “I set out to make a pop record that I could listen to. I’ve been pretty vocal about not liking some of my past efforts musically, but I got to co-write with a bunch of incredible indie artists like The Weepies, Rachael Yamagata, people that I really love and respect and I think it added this sort of folk, alt-country, pop element that I’m really proud of.”
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