‘This Is Us’ lets Mandy Moore be herself

Mandy Moore of 'This Is Us' Tuesday on NBC
Mandy Moore of ‘This Is Us’ Tuesday on NBC

Q: Now that you’re midway through Season 2 of “This Is Us,” with Season 3 already guaranteed, what’s the standout memory for you of first seeing the pilot script?

A: I read it and I bawled. It’s just the best job. I think it’s brought me closer to everyone in my life.

I find myself having conversations not just about my own connections with my family and my parents and my brothers, but with other people about theirs. It just elicits an open dialogue about their relationships with their families, and our relationships with one another.

Q: Do you feel the series itself has made you more open?

A: I think I’ve always sort of found myself in the position to do that. I’m comfortable being vulnerable and being an open book, but I think it’s allowed other people around me to feel the same way. The show brings up issues, whether they’re about loss or grief or joy. I think it’s allowed other people to start having those conversations, but I’ve always been like, “What do you wanna know?”

Q: Do your parents watch the show?

A: They do watch, and it’s more of a texting situation. We’re constantly in communication via text about it.

Q: With your acting now as recognized as it is, has that also helped move your music back toward the front burner?

A: I want it to be. I miss it, but this is all-consuming. This is all I have time for right now.

Q: The series and related activities occupy so much of your time, how do you balance that with your personal life, especially since you’re now engaged (to musician Taylor Goldsmith)?

A: I think I’m still coming to terms with how to best execute that.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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