How Old Is ‘This Is Us’ Star, Mandy Moore in Real Life?

Mandy Moore is an actress ahead of her time. Literally. On the hit NBC drama, This Is Us, Moore plays a mother through various decades.

Who does Mandy Moore play on ‘This Is Us’?

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Affectionately known as “mom” across all This Is Us fan networks, Moore plays Rebecca Pearson. Her character undergoes an age transformation throughout the seasons to suit the jumpy timeline.

Though “The Big Three, (aka Kate, Kevin and Randall Pearson) have multiple actors playing the characters through the decades, Moore was the first to appear as a flash-forward, aging Rebecca.

The differences are reflected with lengthy hair and makeup routines to show Rebecca from ages 16 to 85. Moore told Variety ahead of the season 2 finale she doesn’t mind the three-hour routine. It’s such an honor to be the glue of this family,” she said. “I feel a tremendous amount of responsibility.”

As for removing the makeup, it’s not as easy as you might think. “You wrap for the day, and everyone’s like, ‘Bye!'” she told Refinery 29. “But you still have an hour-long process of taking off the makeup.”

Moore isn’t the only one who’s shown aging through the seasons. The show’s makeup department head, Zoe Hay seems to have perfected the transformation for This Is Us. Most of the series regulars have been shown as older versions of themselves (I’m looking at you, Jack Pearson).

How does the aging makeup come off?

“It’s a lot of chemicals,” she said in the same Refinery 29 interview. “You have to put on a greasy remover lotion in order to remove the prosthetic pieces and the ager, which goes on like a glue that you have to dry with a hairdryer.”

She went on to say the process “ruins” her skin. “It makes the skin look crepey and older. Then, I have to wrap my face in hot towels, and we just keep doing that over and over again.”

The only solution is that Moore’s skin has a chance to breathe for a day or so between shots of “older” Rebecca.

How old is Moore in real life?

The actress, singer, and songwriter had a birthday on April 10. She turned 35 years old. It doesn’t seem like all that long ago, Moore was belting out the pop tune, “Candy,” or giving us all the feels with her role in A Walk to Remember. Now, fans can watch her age before their eyes while tuning in to each episode of This Is Us.

As a 35-year-old Rebecca navigates “The Big Three” during their tumultuous tween years on the show, Emmy-nominated Moore told The Wrap about her journey as a grieving widow. “It’s the greatest challenge of my professional life, and I savor it every single day at work.”

This Is Us returns Tuesday, September 24 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.