Mandy Moore walked the red carpet at the It’s us series finale celebration on Sunday where she revealed that some scenes from the final episode were shot years ago. The series finale titled “Us” will air on NBC on May 24.
“To be honest, a lot of what’s in the final for Milo [Ventimiglia] and I was filmed years ago,” Moore told Deadline on the red carpet. “So I don’t even remember what it was. We shot a few things for that which I’m excited to see. But I read the script and I’m excited to see everyone’s work. I think it’s really beautiful. In my own selfish way – maybe because my character died in the last episode – I felt like last week was the finale and this one feels more like an epilogue of sorts. I think it’s a really nice way to tie things together and tie them together in a very satisfying way.
Series creator Dan Fogelman has confirmed planning for the finale began four years ago, revealing “it’s been a long journey to get here.” He said he had to distance himself from what he was doing on the show and how he could do his job.
“It’s been a complicated battle to take a step back and create some distance to not get carried away with all the emotions,” Fogelman explained.
It was also difficult for Moore to step back from her emotions as she filmed her character’s death in the penultimate episode and also reconnected with her true love Jack (Ventimiglia) and other characters from previous seasons. .
“Everything,” she says of what she liked most about the episode, titled “The Train.” “To work with Ron Cephas Jones and Gerald McRaney, all those blasts from the past, if you will,” Moore said. “It really packed an emotional punch, for me. Reading the script every time I read it – and I read it 5 or 6 times – I had such an emotional reaction that I was really worried about how I was going to feel once on set. But once I got rid of the initial tears a bit, it was fine. I was like, ‘We know how to do this, we’ve done 105 episodes. Its good.'”
Ventimiglia recalls his last days working as Jack being tumultuous as he and Moore struggled with three crying babies on set, but when he was done he felt complete.
“It was whole and it was full,” he said. “I was happy to end the show with Mandy in a scene together because that’s how we started. It felt good, it was done. It felt like we were given this opportunity to to close things with respect, wholeheartedly for the characters. I was grateful.
Chrissy Metz can also emotionally recount saying goodbye to the show after 6 seasons.
“I knew it was coming to an end and I was like, ‘What am I going to do?’ And all I can do is feel what I’m gonna feel,” she shared. “And there were a lot of feelings at once and I had to stay together. But I knew that would be the last time i will see justin [Hartley] like Kevin and Sterling [K. Brown] like Randall. I was like, ‘Oh, this is really happening.’
With reporting by Matt Grobar.