Mandy is a vegetarian and only allows herself to eat meat once a year at Christmas. Her mom's stuffing contains sausage.
Mandy is writing music for a a Christian contemporary album.
In June 2008, Mandy announced that she was dating her Guiding Light co-star, Robert Bogue. Their relationship began after Robert's divorce, but they kept it quiet from the rest of the GL cast in order to "establish themselves as a couple outside of work."
Beginning October 2007, Mandy appeared in the Off-Broadway musical Frankenstein, where she played the role of "Justine".
While taking a set construction class, Mandy cut off her instructors thumb with a jigsaw.
Mandy made her Broadway debut in Les Miserables on March 24, 2007. She plays the part of Eponine, a role she has wanted to play since she was 6 years old. She dedicated her performance to her family.
As a child, Mandy attended "Kids Alive Performing Arts Summer Camp", after winning a scholarship to the camp in a talent show. She performed "On My Own" from Les Miserables and took first place.
Mandy has a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater from Otterbein College. She landed the role of Marina Cooper on Guiding Light just prior to graduating.
Mandy is the spokesperson for spiritandsong.com records.
Mandy starred as "Belle" in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
In 2006, Mandy was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
Mandy fell in love with acting and the theater when she saw her first Broadway show, Les Miserables, at the age of 6. At that moment she knew she wanted to become an actress.
Mandy enjoys singing and dancing so much that she takes voice and dance lessons when she is not working.
Mandy: (On her long time dream of being in Les Miz) In college, Les Miz closed and I went to one of my acting teachers and said, 'I don't know if I want to do this anymore. Les Miz closed!' And he kind of laughed at me. I said, 'No, I'm serious!'
Mandy: (On being nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award) Oh, I was thrilled. I, never in a million years dreamed that this would happen. I woke up this morning; it was my big day off today. I slept in. I woke up and thought, "oh, The View is on, they're doing the nominations. I should watch and see who gets nominated." So, I turned it on just to see who got nominated this year, and lo and behold, they said my name and I freaked out!
Mandy: I came to New York to audition with a musical theater showcase and landed a soap opera.
Mandy: I started in theater when I was six years old. My family got me started in the theater because I was extremely shy. They put me in a class to help me get out of my shell. I don't know if it backfired, but it definitely worked!
Mandy: There's nothing that lights up my life like seeing hundreds and thousands of bright-eyed teenagers looking back at you for support and strength.
Mandy: The people that I work with are absolutely incredible. Not only are they all unbelievably talented, but they're all a bunch of comedians. Going to work every day is a new adventure.
Mandy: (After landing the role of "Eponine" in the Broadway production of Les Miserables) I have to keep pinching myself because I can't believe it's really happening. The theater is what I love, and this is what I've always wanted to do. It's amazing, and I feel so blessed.
Mandy: I think that people in soap operas deserve so much more credit than I had given them in the beginning. They are incredible! It's incredible to me that we do an episode a day where your primetime shows do an episode a week. It's so fast paced. It takes such discipline as a person to be able to pull it off.
Mandy: (After the cast of "Guiding Light" traveled to Biloxi, MS) There's nothing that could have prepared me for that experience. The flip side to all of the wonder and joy that came out of it personally is the emptiness and the sickness of what is still left to be done.