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*That* This Is Us Twist Even Shocked Star Mandy Moore
"My jaw was on the floor," the actress says.
It's pretty difficult to shock TV audiences in the year 2016, but somehow This Is Us has managed to do the impossible in the very first episode. The end of the pilot, which premiered on September 20, featured a major plot twist that proved this new NBC series was going to be anything but your typical family drama. And there are some MAJOR SPOILERS ahead if you want to avert your eyes now.
In the pilot episode, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his wife Becky (Mandy Moore) welcome twins, although they were originally supposed to have triplets. As they deal with the loss of one of their babies, it's soon revealed that Jack and Becky's storyline takes place 36 years in the past, and they eventually adopt one more baby the same day, revealing that the adult characters played by actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley, who were introduced to us earlier in the episode, are triplets.
That twist even shocked star Mandy, who only found out about it after she had been cast as Becky and she started reading the script for the pilot. "My jaw was on the floor, and then I immediately went back to the first page and started combing through trying to see if there were any details that I missed that could have revealed it earlier or something," she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday night (clip above).
But with an audience of 14.3 million viewers watching the pilot episode, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that NBC announced on Tuesday that it had ordered a full season of 18 episodes of This Is Us, which Andy congratulated Mandy on during her WWHL appearance.
Luckily, Mandy sounds pretty happy with her This Is Us husband Milo, who she named as her best on-screen kiss on WWHL. "He's just the loveliest, and I feel so comfortable with him," she said.
And yes, sometimes there is even tongue involved — but it's only for the art, of course. "Sometimes that's required," Mandy revealed. "To make it look like a real kiss, there has to be tongue."
Find out what else Mandy had to say about smooching Milo, below.