Strap your­self in for sur­prise twist

Dalby Herald - - LIFE -

THERE’S a lot of hype around the new Amer­i­can drama This Is Us, and for good rea­son.

Its stars have been hit­ting the red car­pet for Hol­ly­wood’s awards sea­son thanks to Golden Globe and SAG Award nom­i­na­tions.

But it’s hard for star Mandy Moore to ex­plain to Aus­tralian view­ers, who fi­nally get to see the se­ries this week, what the show is about.

A big twist at the end of the first episode, ex­pertly writ­ten and ex­e­cuted by the cast and crew, drops an un­ex­pected bomb­shell about how all of the main char­ac­ters are con­nected.

I wouldn’t dare spoil it for you and I rec­om­mend you avoid Googling it to en­joy the episode as it was in­tended.

I cer­tainly can’t re­mem­ber the last time a show has sur­prised me in such a pos­i­tive way (Game of Thrones’ “red wed­ding” episode isn’t a fair com­par­i­son tone-wise).

“Read­ing it (in the script) and even see­ing it for the first time, my jaw just dropped,” Moore says.

“I read it ini­tially and then re-read it. I was like ‘no way I can’t be­lieve I didn’t see that com­ing’.

“I was one of the first peo­ple to go in and read (for an au­di­tion). “I re­ally, re­ally wanted it. “It stuck out not only be­cause it was off cy­cle (from LA’s tra­di­tional pi­lot sea­son) but be­cause it wasn’t like any­thing else shoot­ing.”

The se­ries re­unites Moore with writer/cre­ator Dan Fo­gel­man, with whom she worked on the an­i­mated film Tan­gled.

“In my copy of the first script after the reveal he had (writ­ten) this note about what the se­ries would be mov­ing for­ward and he signed it ‘M Night Fo­gel­man’,” Moore laughs.

“Dan has a re­ally good way of wear­ing his heart on his sleeve without let­ting it ever feel sac­cha­rine, and his writ­ing is al­ways un­der­cut with wit.

“He’s su­per emo­tional and he ob­vi­ously loves what he writes.”

What Moore can talk about is co-star Milo Ven­timiglia. They play a young cou­ple ex­pect­ing triplets.

“It’s our job as ac­tors to find chem­istry with peo­ple, even when it’s not there. With Milo it was there in­stantly,” she says.

“I felt im­me­di­ately com­fort­able with him, and I could see a way in to what it would be like to love this per­son.”

Moore has starred in more than a dozen movies, but This Is Us is her first lead TV role.

“There was a fair amount of ex­pec­ta­tion (be­fore the US premiere),” she says.

“All of us col­lec­tively are so proud of this and I’m just re­lieved for it to be out in the world.

“The po­ten­tial for a show like this is end­less… I hope this runs for years and years.”

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