Mandy Moore says playing Rebecca on 'This Is Us' helped prepare her for being a mother
via Mandy Moore / Instagram

Given the unique time frame in which NBC's hit family drama "This Is Us" takes place, actor Mandy Moore has been able to explore the various stages of life as a mother.

Moore is now in her fifth season of playing Rebecca Pearson, the mother of the "Big Three," Kevin, Kate, and Randall Pearson on the show. With the use of clever makeup, viewers have witnessed most of Rebecca's life from being a teenager to her final moments on her death bed.

We've also seen her journey as a mother from being pregnant with twins to raising three teenagers. The show also touches upon the final stages of the character's life when her children are forced to care for her as she battles dementia.


Now that Moore is pregnant for the first time at 36, she believes her experience playing Rebecca has taught her more than a few things about being a mother.

Mandy Moore Talks About 'This Is Us' And How She's Getting Ready For Her Baby Boy | TODAY www.youtube.com


"It's funny, I mean having played a sort of matriarch of a family for the last five years and getting to sort of see children at various different chapters and stages, I feel like I'm as pseudo-prepared as I can be," she told Hoda Kotb on Today.

"I've had babies and toddlers and I have adult children, so I've kind of gotten a pretty good taste and lay of the land."

Even though she's learned a lot by playing Rebecca, she's totally open to parenting advice. Although, she's going to get plenty of it whether she wants it or not. "Everyone wants to give you unsolicited advice," she said. "I'm all for it. I will welcome anything because I know nothing."



Moore is excited to raise a child with her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, so they can share their passion for music with the next generation.

"My husband is a musician, and so the idea of being able to have music be this throughline in his life is really exciting — to be able to bring him on the road with us is an exciting prospect," she said.

Goldsmith is a singer-songwriter who's the guitarist, and chief songwriter of American folk-rock band Dawes.

"This Is Us" is still filming its fifth season and Moore says she's not exactly sure how they're going to hide her pregnancy from the cameras but is glad it's not her responsibility.

"Very conspicuous costumes, I guess, to hide stuff," she said. "I'm sure you'll see Rebecca carrying a lot of laundry baskets and oversized purses, god knows what, for the next couple of months."

"I've also heard that they can sort of go in and digitally change things, if need be, but I'm guessing it'll be a lot more shots of sort of less full body, probably just like what we're seeing today," she said. "Chest up."

If Moore follows the lead of her character, she should so well as a mother. Rebecca once explained the job of a parent mother to her daughter, Kate, and it's something any parent will understand.

"It's my job to keep standing there with my arms wide open, waiting for you to maybe someday fall inside if you needed it," she told Kate. "And if you do, I'll love you. And if you don't, I'll love you, too — because that's what it means to be a parent. You'll see one day."

True

A lot of people here are like family to me," Michelle says about Bread for the City — a community nonprofit located in Washington DC that provides local residents with food, clothing, health care, social advocacy, and legal services. And since the pandemic began, the need to support organizations like Bread for the City is greater than ever, which is why Amazon is Delivering Smiles to local charities across the country this holiday season.

Watch the full story:

Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.

Acts of kindness and compassion are always inspiring. A veterinarian gave a different spin on the phrase "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em".

The poor little pup in this video walked into this shelter with a history of being abused. He was so traumatized that he wasn't eating. The vet treating him wasn't sure what to do, so he decided to book a table for two: a the dog's place. It is not clear whether he got an official invite from the canine in question, but he felt pretty safe about showing up unannounced. He walked into the cage and sat down next to the dog. With his back up against the corner of his new (and hopefully temporary) domain, the rescue stared apprehensively at his human guest. The vet presented a dog dish with food and put it in front of the dog. The frightened pup just looked at the dish and made no attempt to eat. Then he broke out another dog dish identical to the one he just gave to his four-legged patient and started eating out of that bowl. And then came the turning point.


Keep Reading Show less
True

A lot of people here are like family to me," Michelle says about Bread for the City — a community nonprofit located in Washington DC that provides local residents with food, clothing, health care, social advocacy, and legal services. And since the pandemic began, the need to support organizations like Bread for the City is greater than ever, which is why Amazon is Delivering Smiles to local charities across the country this holiday season.

Watch the full story:

Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.
Anne Owens and Luke Redito / Wikimedia Commons
True

When Madeline Swegle was a little girl growing up in Burke, VA, she loved watching the Blue Angels zip through the sky. Her family went to see the display every time it was in town, and it was her parents' encouragement to pursue her dreams that led her to the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017.

Before beginning the intense three-year training required to become a tactical air (TACAIR) pilot, Swegle had never been in an aircraft before; piloting was simply something she was interested in. It turns out she's got a gift for it—and not only is she skilled, she finds the "exhilaration to be unmatched."

"I'm excited to have this opportunity to work harder and fly high performance jet aircraft in the fleet," Swegle said in a statement released by the Navy. "It would've been nice to see someone who looked like me in this role; I never intended to be the first. I hope it's encouraging to other people."

As Swegle's story shows, representation and equality matter. And the responsibility to advance equality for all people - especially Black Americans facing racism - falls on individuals, organizations, businesses, and governmental leadership. This clear need for equality is why P&G established the Take On Race Fund to fight for justice, advance economic opportunity, enable greater access to education and health care, and make our communities more equitable. The funds raised go directly into organizations like NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, YWCA Stand Against Racism and the United Negro College Fund, helping to level the playing field.

Keep Reading Show less

Do you know that guy who has never had an issue with his TV/internet provider? Neither do I. If you claim you have never had issues with your bill going up without warning, then you are either lying or you own the cable company. Jake Lawson apparently does not own a cable company, and was prepared to communicate his frustrations regarding his bill in a most creative way.

First off, Jake understands what everyone should realize. The customer service representative doesn't own the cable company either, so yelling at someone who is just trying to make a living like all of us is not the answer. Their job is hard enough as it is so give them a break. Jake gave them more than a break. He gave them a song.


Keep Reading Show less