AE: In her interview, Gaby let the cat out of the bag and mentioned that you’re engaged to Matt Cohen.
MM: Yeah, I said to him,"Oh my God. Gaby blew that!" And he said, "What are you going to do? We’ve been engaged for over a year now."
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AE: It seems that many fans knew already anyway.
MM: Well, that’s because everyone close to us knew. I told the network. And then, about nine or 10 months ago, a podcast for The N’s website went sour. They said, "Well, Mandy was talking about dating Matt Cohen."
And it was such a big deal I had announced that I was dating him. Meanwhile, I was already engaged to him at that point. They wished that I had said something mean about him. They actually said, "By the time this airs in three weeks, I’m sure the relationship will be over."
AE: Your own network said that to you?
MM: Yes. Isn’t that wrong? And I said, "Look. We’ve been together way longer than that." We’d been engaged for three months at that point, so three weeks was nothing. It was such a bizarre situation. They ended up taking [the podcast] down. And they had all the wrong people apologizing to me.
Matt always felt cheated. People get the wrong impression from him. And it ticks me off because he’s a very sensitive, beautiful person. And he’s gorgeous. It ticks me off how good-looking he is because I have to wake up to that. It’s never a problem to wake up to that, but I have to wake up to myself.
AE: You’re both pretty.
MM: Thank you.
AE: As you know, sometimes people confuse characters with the actors playing them. They see Matt as Aiden, the guy who’s coming between Ashley and Spencer.
MM: I know. And I’m not for the Ashley-Aiden thing. I think that they were great friends, but they didn’t work as a couple. I knew that Spencer and Ashley — the Spashley couple — is way better.
AE: Yes, it is. Or was. So, what’s next for you?
MM: I just did a little guest spot on Eli Stone. And I was up for a series on ABC Family. I had it, and I lost it. It sucks. But, I was going to play a 15-year-old, so it was kind of far-fetched anyway, considering I’m 22 now.
AE: Well, you’re small, but you don’t sound like a young girl. What’s with the raspy, smoker’s voice?
MM: I know! I have a weird voice. I came out here and people started asking if I was a smoker. I get that a lot.
AE: You have a twin sister. Does she sound like you?
MM: No, not at all. I mean, I thought we did, but she doesn’t get any [comments] on her voice. I remember when I was a kid, my parents thought there was something wrong with my voice but they thought I was going to grow out of it. And then, later, they were like, "Nope, she never did."
AE: Oh well. Now it can be your trademark.
MM: Yeah. Once I get over the hump of looking like I’m at that puberty-looking age, it’ll help.
AE: Be careful what you wish for. You might end up sounding like Harvey Fierstein when you’re 40.
MM: Oh God!