NEW YORK (AP) — Mandy Moore has stepped back into the spotlight with a recurring role on Fox's "Red Band Society."
Moore, a singer-actress known for her pop hit "Candy," plays Dr. Erin Grace, the new chief of surgery. She had worked at the hospital, but took a year off to work with Doctors Without Borders. She had also dated Dave Annable's character, Dr. Adam McAndrew, and her promotion is one that he was gunning for.
"Red Band Society" (airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST) follows the doctors and their long-term teen patients at a children's hospital.
"I've been brought in to sort of stir it up on the adult side," said Moore in a recent interview.
Moore was approached about the show before the part was written. She "loved everything" about the pilot episode.
"I really thought it was such a unique tone from everything else on TV right now," she said.
The 30-year-old, known for films like "A Walk to Remember" and "Saved!" wanted a job in television.
"I think it's the most enticing medium for an actor out there right now," she said.
Moore is also known for her music. She said she's been recording and hopes to release something early next year.
"The music industry has changed so dramatically in the last couple of years. It's a different mechanism in terms of how to put music out there and in what capacity. Having the freedom of no record label and none of that expectation is really nice on a creative level."
Alicia Rancilio covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar