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Mandy Moore reveals This Is Us began filming scenes for its final episode in 2018

Mandy Moore has revealed the behind-the-scenes secrets of the This Is Us ending.

The final episode of the beloved NBC drama aired in the US on Tuesday night, and after a harrowing penultimate episode that focused on the death of Mandy’s character, Rebecca Pearson, the finale was full of poignant memories. relatives.

After the credits rolled, Mandy explained how series creator Dan Fogelman and his team had planned how the show would end years ago, with flashbacks featuring the Pearson kids filmed in 2018.

We're Family: Mandy Moore has revealed the behind-the-scenes secrets of the This Is Us ending, explaining how flashbacks with the Pearson kids were filmed in 2018 (pictured with Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Bates and Lonnie Chavis at the set)

We’re Family: Mandy Moore has revealed the behind-the-scenes secrets of the This Is Us ending, explaining how flashbacks with the Pearson kids were filmed in 2018 (pictured with Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Bates and Lonnie Chavis at the set)

Fans noted the meticulous way the ending was planned as they watched the final episode, which featured scenes showing the Big Three as they entered their teens.

The three actors who played the Pearson brothers as children are now 14 years old, and thus to capture the proper ages for the children’s final flashbacks, Fogelman shot the sequences during filming for the fourth season in 2018.

The final episode of season six featured a heartwarming scene between Milo Ventimiglia and his two sons Kevin and Randall, played by Parker Bates and Lonnie Chavis, as he taught them how to shave along with some life lessons.

Flashbacks: The three actors who played the Pearson brothers as children are now 14 years old, and thus in order to capture the proper ages for the children's final flashbacks, the sequences were shot during the filming of the fourth season in 2018.

Flashbacks: The three actors who played the Pearson brothers as children are now 14 years old, and thus in order to capture the proper ages for the children’s final flashbacks, the sequences were shot during the filming of the fourth season in 2018.

First and last day on set: Parker shared a photo of him and his on-screen siblings on their first day on set when they were just eight years old and one taken at the recent wrap party.

First and last day on set: Parker shared a photo of him and his on-screen siblings on their first day on set when they were just eight years old and one taken at the recent wrap party.

The episode also featured Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate as the Pearsons spent a quiet weekend together at home.

On Tuesday night, Mandy shared a series of photos with her husband and children on screen taken when they filmed the scenes three years ago, explaining:

‘Kids… they grow up so fast, so 3 years ago, while we were filming season 4, we started filming tonight’s series finale. Look at these babies!! #We are.’

The official This Is Us Instagram account commented, “Literally YEARS in the making.”

Throwbacks: On Tuesday night, Mandy shared a series of photos with her husband and children on screen taken when they filmed the final scenes three years ago

Throwbacks: On Tuesday night, Mandy shared a series of photos with her husband and children on screen taken when they filmed the final scenes three years ago

Parker, Mackenzie and Lonnie were only eight years old when they were cast as the Big Three in the first season.

The now-teenagers shared their memories of their years on set on Tuesday, posting photos from the recent wrap party along with snaps from their first day on set.

Speaking to Variety this week, Mandy admitted that seeing the final scenes they shot in 2018 was “strange” because she didn’t remember filming them.

Final Scenes Together: The final episode showed the Pearson family spending a relaxed weekend together at home.

Final Scenes Together: The final episode showed the Pearson family spending a relaxed weekend together at home.

Looking back: Speaking to Variety this week, Mandy admitted that seeing the final scenes they shot in 2018 was

Looking back: Speaking to Variety this week, Mandy admitted that seeing the final scenes they shot in 2018 was “weird” because she couldn’t remember filming them.

She said: ‘I saw it for the first time yesterday and I didn’t really have any memories. It was one of the strangest experiences… I remember thinking [while filming]these are really beautiful scenes, but they could also be part of any episode, so maybe they never stuck in my mind.

“It was a revelation with the audience watching it the other day, like, ‘Oh, that’s what we did.'” I really didn’t remember, it was so long ago.

Mandy also opened up about her working relationship with Milo during the interview, admitting that she will “never, ever” have another on-screen partnership like this.

Filming: She said of filming the final family scenes: 'I saw it for the first time yesterday and I didn't really have any memories.  It was one of the strangest experiences.

Filming: She said of filming the final family scenes: ‘I saw it for the first time yesterday and I didn’t really have any memories. It was one of the strangest experiences.

The Finale: Mandy shared a series of photos of her and Milo from the day they filmed flashbacks for Tuesday's finale that focused on the message of living in the present

The Finale: Mandy shared a series of photos of her and Milo from the day they filmed flashbacks for Tuesday’s finale that focused on the message of living in the present

Remember this: Reflecting on the 2018 shoot, Mandy said:

Remember this: Reflecting on the 2018 shoot, Mandy said, “It was a revelation with the audience that saw it the other day, like, ‘Oh, that’s what we did.'” I really didn’t remember

She said she and her co-star, who played her on-screen husband Jack Pearson, had a ‘once in a lifetime’ connection that she doesn’t think can be replicated.

“It was effortless from the beginning, and it was effortless all the way,” Mandy explained. “I recognize that I will never again have an on-screen partner like Milo. It’s so rare to connect with someone on that level. In every way, this job was once in a lifetime.’

During the show’s final scenes, Milo smuggled tissues onto the set to wipe away his co-star’s tears, and the pair had to use breaks in filming to move props and hide signs of Mandy’s emotion.

Heartwarming: The final episode of This Is Us was a subdued and thoughtful affair following the death of Mandy's character in the penultimate installment.

Heartwarming: The final episode of This Is Us was a subdued and thoughtful affair following the death of Mandy’s character in the penultimate installment.

Sweet Moments: The episode focused on the Pearson family's day-to-day moments and Rebecca and Milo's message to remember the 'little moments compilation'

Sweet Moments: The episode focused on the everyday moments of the Pearson family and Rebecca and Milo’s message to remember the ‘little moments’

She told Variety: ‘Sweet Milo had a ball of tissues under his pillow for me.

“Every take, Milo would very carefully help me turn the pillow over so the tear stains wouldn’t show. We were trying to set up the pillow in every shot to make sure you couldn’t see where Mandy had been crying!

He passed me my little wad of tissues to dry my tears. It was very indicative of our relationship and the way we always support each other and have each other’s backs.”

Partnership: Mandy also discussed her working relationship with Milo during the interview, admitting that

Partnership: Mandy also discussed her working relationship with Milo during the interview, admitting that she will “never, ever” have another on-screen partnership like this.

Mandy added that she was thankful that the final episodes were filmed out of order.

She said: ‘It would have been impossible to do any of the train with Milo at the end. It would have been a crying mess.

While the singer-actress is planning a break before finding her next job, she insisted that what comes next will be “really different” from the family drama.

She said: “I’m looking forward to giving myself some time and distance to figure out what the next step is and ultimately [try] something really different. I don’t know what that is right now, I don’t know how to define it, but obviously, I think we’ve all marked the whole family drama. It won’t get any better than this, so why not try something completely different?

“I’m excited to take a moment and find out what that is and hopefully something that’s just as challenging and in a totally different direction.”

Final scenes: During the final scenes of the show, Milo smuggled tissues onto the set to wipe away his co-star's tears.

Final scenes: During the final scenes of the show, Milo smuggled tissues onto the set to wipe away his co-star’s tears.

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