Bringing up baby

Work­ing with ro­bots a bit weird, This is us star says

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Mandy Moore finds it awk­ward when­ever she has to work with a robot baby on the set of This Is Us.

The ac­tress stars as re­becca Pear­son in the hit Nbc/ctv show, which fol­lows the lives and con­nec­tions of sev­eral sib­lings who all share the same birth­day.

This Is Us episodes weave through sto­ries of the past and present us­ing flash­backs, which means Moore of­ten has to act with ba­bies, and the oc­ca­sional ro­botic ver­sion when real new­borns aren’t avail­able.

“There’s a new rule with home­land se­cu­rity that any­body who works has to have a photo id,” she said dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon on Tues­day night. “so what mom is going to schlep her child, her new­born, to the (depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles) to get an id? so, of­ten times when we’re shoot­ing with small ba­bies, they’re ei­ther baby dolls or they have this one ro­botic baby. it’s weird, guys.”

Moore said she re­ally has to try her best to fo­cus when work­ing with ro­botic dolls, since they make odd noises and move­ments.

“We were just shoot­ing an episode where i have two very emo­tional scenes where i’m talk­ing to the new­born in the hos­pi­tal and i go to put my hand on the ro­botic baby and it’s like vi­brat­ing and mak­ing weird move­ments. and you are just like, ‘Nope this is a real child,’ ” she said.

With This Is Us, Moore is joined by an en­sem­ble cast in­clud­ing; Milo Ven­timiglia, chrissy Metz, Justin hartley and su­san Kelechi Wat­son. but she swears it is ster­ling K. brown, who por­trays ran­dall Pear­son, who is the most pro­fes­sional dur­ing takes.

“i think chrissy and i are the most emo­tional. but i think ster­ling gets the award for best crier. i feel like he’s lit­er­ally at the point as an ac­tor (where he asks the direc­tor), ‘What eye do you want me to (cry from)? The dra­matic sin­gle tear drop down my cheek?’ he’s that good.” WENN

Ron Batzdorff/nbc

Mandy Moore as Re­becca on This is Us.

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