Mandy Moore Says the Thought of Moving Past “This Is Us” Is “Daunting”

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Like many “This Is Us” fans, Mandy Moore is having a hard time moving on from the beloved drama. The series wrapped up its six-season run on May 24 and brought some closure to the Pearson family’s story as the cast said their final goodbyes. However, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moore admitted that life for her after the show so far has been “strange.”

“I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the best job in the world for the last six years.”

“I drove by Paramount the other day,” she recalled, “and just had this long sigh and a little bit of heartbreak thinking that for six years, [I’d] normally would be going back to work right now at this time of year. . . . The great thing about job security is that for these last six years, we were pretty sure where we were spending the majority of our work lives. But it also means the machine never gets turned off, in a way.”

Moore added that, now that the show is over, she’s “enjoying life” and summertime – specifically, she’s loving mom duty, as she and husband Taylor Goldsmith are expecting another baby boy in just a couple of months.

Though Moore also shared that she misses her “This Is Us” friends and working on the series, she’s still extremely grateful for what she was able to accomplish in her six seasons – despite the show’s Emmys snub this year. ” . . . I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the best job in the world for the last six years,” she added in her THR interview. She continued, “I have been reading stuff and thinking about what’s next, but it’s daunting. Clearly, nothing will ever hold the same place in my heart as [‘This Is Us’]. And, quite frankly, nothing will probably mean the same thing to the world in the way that that job did.”

For now, Moore is embracing her work hiatus until her next opportunity comes along. The actor said she’s “remaining open and excited about finding something wholly different, something that is challenging in a completely new way that I haven’t done before.”

Could it be a movie, a limited series, or another hit TV show (perhaps a thriller)? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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