Mandy Moore is ready to return to her Disney Princess Rapunzel roots! She recently did an exclusive interview with People Magazine, stating that she is that she is “more than happy” to be a part of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration more than a decade after the film’s release.
In the interview she stated, “It is one of the things I’m most proud of in my life and career,” Moore says of voicing Rapunzel. It was so bucket list to be a part of the Disney family and to somehow manifest my wildest dreams and become a Disney princess.
The fact that I grew up singing The Little Mermaid and Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, I could never fathom that I would somehow be a part of that collection of inspiring characters and women,” she adds. “So anything that I can do to keep tapping into the spirit of Rapunzel in my life, I am more than happy to play ball and be a part of that.”
And Rapunzel fans are more than happy to have her return to her Disney roots! So how did this even come about? Disney Publishing Worldwide recently released a new storybook collection by a group of diverse authors and illustrators called Tales of Courage and Kindness. The collection includes 14 original stories, and yes of course there is a Rapunzel-inspired story in there as well! The stories explore themes of kindness and courage as told by various Disney Princesses and Queens Anna and Elsa.
Here is more about this new storybook collection on the Disney Princess Stories website:
The Tales of Courage and Kindness Story Collection marks the launch of the Ultimate Princess Celebration, which invites audiences of all ages to celebrate and share acts of courage and kindness, inspired by the stories of our beloved Princesses. Disney has brought together authors and artists from around the world to create 14 new and inspiring stories, brought to life by stunning illustrations, honoring our iconic Disney Princesses and Queens. This Story Collection will be available for free for children and families, providing them with the inspiration to carry out their own small acts of kindness and help to create a kinder world. For generations, Disney Princesses have enchanted audiences, through their own inspiring stories, teaching us that we should never judge a book by its cover, or feel fearful of sailing beyond the reef, and that the best way to deal with fear is to let it go.
Moore was asked by Disney to join the campaign and she was more than willing as these stories are meant to inspire kids to help create a kinder world. “Helping to inspire kids to create a kinder world, I was like, ‘Absolutely. Sign me up. I definitely want to be a part of that,’ ” Moore says of being asked to join the campaign.
Moore recently had her first child August “Gus” Harrison with husband Taylor Goldsmith this past February and she’s beyond excited to introduce him to the world of Disney. “We haven’t indoctrinated him into the Disney family as of yet, but we will be,” she shares. “It was such a seminal part of my childhood that I can’t wait to pass that on to him as well.”
We absolutely love the concept of this new Tales of Courage and Kindness collection which you can check out and download here!
You can read the full People Magazine exclusive interview with Mandy Moore here.