Episode 23 - 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist' with Mandy Moore:

A Stuck at Home Special

Award-winning Choreographer, Mandy Moore joins host Scott Tallal in a discussion of the art of dance, creativity and working on ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST in this special episode of “Hollywood Unscripted: Stuck at Home”.

Award-winning Choreographer, Mandy Moore joins host Scott Tallal in a discussion of the art of dance, creativity and working on ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST in this special episode of “Hollywood Unscripted: Stuck at Home”. 

 

0:40 - Mandy discusses her time home during quarantine

2:04 - Mandy explains how she got involved with ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST and the journey through to the filming of the pilot. 

 

5:49 - Scott and Mandy talk about the volume of numbers they created in the season, working closely with the showrunner, and the rapid turnaround. 

 

8:12 - Mandy discusses her process starting with the “why”. 

 

10:09 - Mandy opens up about her support system from a young age through her career. 

 

12:07 - Mandy reveals what she has learned in working with actors, how the beauty of ZOEY’S is in the ‘imperfections’, and the delight in working with Mary Steenburgen, Peter Gallagher and Lauren Graham. 

 

16:01 - They dive deeper into Peter Gallagher’s character in the show, who in reality suffers from a degenerative disease but in ‘Zoeality’ can sing and dance through his emotions. 

 

16:53 - Mandy discusses working with the talented Alex Newell 

 

17:20 - Mandy dives into the creation, production and reception of the American Sign Language number in episode nine. 

 

23:03 - Mandy discusses how her process evolved throughout the first season of ZOEY’S. 

 

24:16 - She explains how a career in dance shifted from the 1990s to today and how SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and DANCING WITH THE STARS changed the perception of choreographers. 

 

 25:42 - Mandy talks about being a producer as well as choreographer on ZOEY’S and working with the directors on the episodes. 

 

27:44 - Scott and Mandy discuss her work on LA LA LAND; particularly the monumental opening number. 

 

29:56 - Mandy breaks down locations and how the space informs the design of the dance. 

 

31:19 - Mandy moves on to discuss set design and how communication is vital. 

 

32:03 - Mandy tells a story of how one small set design change changed one of Skylar Astin’s numbers for the worse. 

 

34:28 - Mandy reminisces on the joy in working with Jane Levy on the episode ‘The Glitch’ and with Peter Gallagher on his number ‘It’s Your Thing’. 

 

36:18 - Mandy reveals how this project has changed her and her approach to the art. 

 

37:21 - Mandy admits there may be a future in which she tries her hand at directing. 

 

38:15 - Mandy talks about her early dance inspirations and her current inspirations. 

 

39:58 - She wraps up looking back at the wide array or work she’s done and forward to the work she’s most excited about. 

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