‘This Is Us’: Mandy Moore Had 4 TV Pilots Fail Before Landing the Role of Rebecca

Just like many in Hollywood, Mandy Moore is both a singer and an actor. She started off her career in music, but quickly became known for a number of notable film roles. But transitioning into adult roles wasn’t easy for her. Here’s what she had to say in March 2020 about the difficult road that led to her starring in This Is Us.

Mandy Moore stars in ‘This Is Us’ as Rebecca Pearson

Mandy Moore as Rebecca in 'This Is Us'
Mandy Moore as Rebecca in ‘This Is Us’ | Ron Batzdorff/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Moore portrays Rebecca Pearson in the beloved NBC drama. The audience sees her both in flashbacks and in present day, as an older woman. Rebecca is the mother of three children: Kevin, Kate, and Randall. The first two are her biological twins, while the third was born on the same day and they adopted him as an infant.

Now in its fourth season, This Is Us is one of the network’s biggest shows. And Moore has received a lot to do with that. In fact, she was nominated for an Emmy for her performance in 2019.

She has been acting for many years

Moore began acting at the turn of the century. She first secured roles on the big screen, starring in such movies as The Princess Diaries, A Walk to Remember, and How to Deal. Over time, her live-action roles dwindled, and she began to focus more on voice acting, voicing the main character Disney’s Tangled.

TV wasn’t quite as good to Moore as film. She had recurring roles on such popular series as Entourage, Scrubs, and Grey’s Anatomy. Here too, she took on more voice acting gigs. But it was difficult for her to find a solid live-action job.

Moore says she almost quit acting

“This business is tricky. There’s a real ebb and flow,” she told Jimmy Fallon in March 2020. “I had done four failed TV pilots,” she continued, saying that she then went in for an audition and was “feeling pretty good” about it. When she didn’t get the part, she said she felt like, “This is the universe telling me this is done for me.”

Moore said that she “reconsidered everything” for a time, even thinking about returning to her home state of Florida. But she was able to overcome this. “I had some patience, and six months later, This Is Us came into my world. [It] changed everything.”

‘This Is Us’ has been challenging for her in one major way

Fans of This Is Us know that it is an emotional show. And the upcoming episode, airing on March 10, is an especially moving one. Moore told Fallon that it took a lot out of her working on the episode, titled “After the Fire.”

“There was a lot of tears shed for the next episode. I think I cried pretty much the entire episode,” she said, clarifying that she was crying in character, not as herself reacting. Moore laughed about how much crying happens on the show, saying, “I need to, like, rebuild my adrenals or something! My tear ducts need a break.”