“This season really put me through my paces!” declares Mandy Moore in our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above) about the emotional second season of NBC’s “This Is Us.” She adds, “It was challenging, especially the latter part of the season, but I was braced and ready for it,” the actress reveals. “I don’t know if you can make it through an episode of our show without us crying on set or people crying at home!”
In “This Is Us,” Moore plays Rebecca Pearson, the matriarch of the Pearson clan, a close family still struggling with the devastating loss of their father and husband Jack years ago, played in flashbacks by recent Emmy nominee Milo Ventimiglia. After a season and a half of hints and clues about the circumstances around Jack’s untimely death, the show revealed many of the answers audiences were eagerly anticipating in the acclaimed Super Bowl episode earlier this year.
“I felt a tremendous amount of responsibility because that episode was answering a lot of questions that a lot of people had about the entire series,” Moore admits. “It was a pivotal episode and I thought it was written so exquisitely… it was so traumatic, but it wasn’t cinematic in what people typically expect… because it was so quiet and it happened off screen, I felt that it was so much more fundamentally effective.”
Moore says the days on set when filming the climactic scenes in the hospital where Jack succumbs to cardiac arrest after lethal smoke inhalation were challenging. The actress reveals that the first time she shot the scene of Rebecca entering the hospital room where Jack had just passed away was an intense scene to shoot.
“I didn’t know that Milo was going to be there for the first take. We had shot the scene in the episode where we are sitting side by side in the bed, where we talk about what happened and how we were going to piece our lives back together after this fire,” Moore says, tearing up as she explains how the scene came about. “Then after I was ready to go, I remember turning the corner, walking into the room, and I had prepared myself fully for seeing an empty hospital bed and there was Milo, laying on the bed with his shirt off and the paddles next to him on the bed, and I was frozen. I was in the moment. I was able to flash through everything I had read in the script about them getting married, being in the hospital having their babies, and these unbelievably beautiful pillars of what their lives used to be like together, and then I looked at the bed… and having Milo there… definitely helped me get there.”
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