The close-knit Pearson clan is back for more flashbacks, flash-forwards, laughter and tears when NBC’s hit drama This Is Us returns for season three on Tuesday, Sept. 25. In exclusive interviews and video with Parade, co-stars Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore —who play husband and wife Jack and Rebecca on the Golden Globe-nominated series—offer insights into the popularity of the show, sneak peeks at what’s in store and share a few on-set secrets.
War Stories. Ventimiglia says Jack’s experience in Vietnam is going to be huge this season. “It’s going to be a big story point,” he says. “We get to find out what made him the man he is.”
Time Travel. Filming in flashbacks is fun, both actors agree. “In a given day [of shooting], Mandy and I have been in scenes from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” he says. “There’s a bit of magic to it.”
Fitting In. Where exactly does This Is Us fit into the pantheon of past TV shows? “I’d say Wonder Years with a little Lost thrown in there,” Moore says. Adds Ventimiglia, “It’s in its own category. But it has tones and notes of Happy Days.”
On-Set Secrets. Who is the biggest potty mouth, Milo or Mandy? What satisfies their on-set sugar cravings? How does Mandy end up with Milo’s “costume beard” on her face? For answers, watch Parade’s behind-the-scenes video with Milo and Mandy at https://youtu.be/5qKN6TeEpGs
For more about Milo & Mandy and This Is Us, see Sunday’s Parade or go to https://parade.com/695784/lhochwald/grab-the-tissues-milo-ventimiglia-and-mandy-moore-have-the-scoop-on-season-three-of-this-is-us/