This Is Us Finale: Mandy Moore’s talks end, Jack and Rebecca scene

(brake alert: Don’t read if you haven’t watched “We,” the final episode of the May 24 series of “This Is Us.”)

Understandably, saying goodbye to “This Is Us” wasn’t an easy task for Mandy Moore. So, I leaned into it, especially when it came to wrapping up the NBC series with the train scenes.

“I’ve allowed myself for a moment, I think it’s probably the first training or something, to really feel it, really listen to Gerald McCraney (Dr. K) and allow myself to respond emotionally,” she recently told diverse. “With time and we were already on the scene, it was like, ‘Oh, okay. I can be present. “

However, once he got to the final scene of the penultimate episode, as well as the actual final scenes with Milo Ventimiglia – the duo talking while lying in bed on a train in the afterlife – it got even more difficult. In fact, Moore couldn’t help but start to cry during this interview as they discussed it.

“This is my partner in six seasons and he’s like, ‘Wow, we really did this together. We were mom and dad. It was very easy to be present and even take whatever you want [Rebecca] She was like, “I’m scared of the unknown, I don’t know how to do this,” she said, sobbing. “It pretty much echoes the way you feel about the end of an essential part of your life. I take what William’s character said in the previous episode very seriously – if something makes you sad, it’s because you really loved it as it was coming on, as it was happening.”

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During those scenes, Ventimiglia showed his support for Moore once again.

“Sweet Milo had a ball of tissue under the pillow for me,” she explained. “Every time, Milo would very carefully help me turn the pillow over so you wouldn’t see the tear stains. We were just trying to fit the pillow every time to make sure you couldn’t see where Mandy was crying! He would hand me handfuls of small tissues to hold my tears. That was an indication On our relationship and the way we’ve always supported each other and featured each other. It was easy from the start, and it was easy until the end. I admit I’ll never have an on-screen partner like Milo again. It’s very rare to connect with someone on this level. All in all. This job was once in a lifetime.

The final episodes of filming “This Is Us” somewhat out of order was a definite advantage for Moore, who noted, “It was impossible to do any of the train chores with Milo in the end. I would have been in tears.”

Fortunately for Moore, all of her flashback scenes with her and Ventimiglia were filmed to copies of the young parents of Jack and Rebecca that were eventually used—except for the toy store part—three or four years ago, in order to pick up kids that age.

“I watched it for the first time yesterday and didn’t really remember it. It was one of the weirdest experiences… I remember thinking [while filming]these are really nice scenes but they could also be part of any episode, and maybe that’s why it kind of didn’t stick in my mind,” she recalls. “It was a find for the audience watching that day, like, ‘Oh, that’s what we did. “I don’t really remember, it was that long ago.”

In the end, what Moore will remember is the experience and knowledge that “none of us will ever find a group like this again”—and to be OK with that. So, how can she pursue that at her next job? By steering in a completely different direction.

“I feel like giving myself a little time and space to figure out the next step, and eventually [try] Something really different. I don’t know what this is now, I don’t know how to define it, but obviously, I think we’ve all unpicked family drama. It wouldn’t get any better than this, so why not try our hands at something completely different,” Moore said. “I’m excited to take a moment and find out what that is and hopefully something will be equally challenging and in a completely different direction.”

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