Mandy Moore has babies on the brain thanks to ‘This Is Us‘–and she’s not afraid to say it! The actress, who plays a mom of three on the surprise hit show, opened up about how her role affected her perspective on the possibility of being a mom in real life someday.
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After all, when she first picked up a script, she had a thing or two to learn about baby care, to say the least.
“I didn’t know how to change a diaper,” she said. “I had crew members showing me how to change a diaper.”
And she quickly learned firsthand what a big responsibility it was to look after the tiny newborns who needed those diaper changes.
She said, “I mean, we get to hold these newborn children, and I can’t believe their parents were willing to hand over their babies to me. I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m Mandy. I have absolutely no experience with small children,’ and they’re like, ‘Here’s my 2-week-old baby.’”
But now that she’s had more experience with both babies and young kids on set, it’s a whole different ballgame.
She continued, “I’m terrible, but yes, it has sort of activated that maternal side of me that I’m totally ready to have kids now.”
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Hilariously enough, she’s already gotten a taste of the mischief kids can get themselves into when they get older–thanks to some of the younger actors in the show.
She said, “I remember we were shooting the Christmas episode, and there was some melted peppermints in a candy dish that wasn’t even from the prop department. Clearly, it was set decoration, and I turn my back for one second, and I turn back, and all of them have jammed peppermints in their mouths.”
Well, if she can handle that, we’re sure she has the chops if motherhood is indeed in her future!
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Chrissy Metz's boyfriend, cameraman Josh Stancil almost quit his job on 'This Is Us' for the actress.
Metz said Stancil took her out on a date about a month after meeting her on the set. The actress said it was unexpected. "My priority was my job, and I was not trying to blow my big shot," she said. "Josh even offered to go work on another show." Clearly, he made a big impression!
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At first, the show was named 36, not This is Us.
The number 36 was supposed to represent the age the characters were turning at the beginning of the show, but the show’s creator, Dan Folgelman, wasn’t a big fan.
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Dan Fogelman also revealed that the hit show was almost made into a movie instead. His original plan was to have Rebecca give birth to octuplets, but as he continued writing, Fogelman realized he had too much content to try and fit it into a movie.
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Just nine days after her character Kate turned 36 in the pilot, Chrissy Metz turned 36 in real life.
The actress threw a big party with the cast to celebrate!
“Kate and I are both on the precipice of incredible times in our lives. Coming into our own and achieving personal success and happiness simultaneously is pretty amazing,” she said.
In a wild twist of fate, Chris Sullivan also happens to be 36 years old in real life.
Art does indeed imitate life! He turned 36 about two months before the show first aired.
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Chrissy Metz only had 81 cents in the bank when she landed her role as Kate in This is Us.
"I kept auditioning with no savings and no money, credit card debt gaining interest... I could cry right now just thinking about it. Getting the role of Kate has changed everything," she said.
Chris Sullivan Fat Suit
Speaking of Chris Sullivan, he actually wears a fat suit to play his role as Toby.
He recently revealed at a press event that he’s usually in a fat suit during filming, so he hasn’t had to make any personal lifestyle changes.
Mandy Moore Age Makeup
Mandy Moore had to go through a lot of makeup tests before getting the right look for her character.
“We had so many makeup tests. I think we had five makeup tests and putting on the prosthetics takes about four hours each time. . . Initially I looked too old, and then it wasn’t enough. It was like a Goldilocks situation where we had to find a happy medium,” she said.
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Chrissy’s character Kate is loosely based on the show creator’s sister.
“This role is written about a woman who — it was loosely based on Dan Fogelman’s sister — who struggled with her weight and her self-worth. And a lot of people do, and I have myself, as a human being,” she explained.
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Milo Ventimiglia gets really emotional whenever he watches the show.
“It’s really moving television and it’s not because I know these characters, but in the assembly of these episodes, they’ve done a really incredible job of making people feel. I’m not outside of that,” he said.
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Chrissy Metz was excited to play her character because she has a love interest.
“I was excited with the breakdown! I thought… What? A plus-size actress that is remotely attractive and has a love interest… in Hollywood? I need this!” she said.
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Remember Milo's nude scene in the show? He was pretty shocked when he saw it for himself in the trailer!
A lot of fans enjoyed seeing his bare bottom on display, but it actually made Milo uncomfortable when he watched!
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Chrissy Metz’s contract with NBC involved losing weight for her role on the show.
The contract doesn’t actually require her to follow a certain regimen or reach a target, but the actress made it clear that she does intend to lose weight for her own personal health.