“I think people out in the world were just sort of hungry for this kind of entertainment, for something that was emotional and cathartic,” divulges Mandy Moore during our recent interview (watch above) when asked about the blockbuster success of her new series “This Is Us.” Created by Dan Fogelman, this NBC program centers on a large and diverse family throughout several decades.
The pop star turned actress stars as Rebecca Pierson, wife of Jack (Milo Ventimgilia) and mother to two twins (Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley) and an adopted black child (Sterling K. Brown). “There’s something really uniquely unifying and uniting about what the show is,” adds Moore, “and the message of the show, [that] families can take all different forms and look all sorts of different ways.”
The series portrays Rebecca’s life from ages 23 to 66. “I was waiting for an opportunity like this,” reveals Moore, “even just to play one fraction of who this woman is.” She admits to being, “initially overwhelmed,” by the many life experiences she needed to portray that were outside her own. “This is a woman who has lived a life, a rich life, I’m sure, and has gone through so much. I just sort of take it episode by episode and answer as much as I need to know in that particular moment.”
Her efforts have not gone unrecognized. Moore received a Golden Globe nomination earlier this year for Best TV Supporting Actress for the series. She will compete as Best Drama Actress on the 2017 Emmy Awards ballot. Check out our full chat above for more about her work in “This Is Us,” including a surprise guest appearance by one of her co-stars.
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