One of the most exciting TV shows to premiere last year was the family drama This Is Us. The time-hopping series scored an incredible 11 Emmy nominations last week thanks to its heartfelt and socially conscious discussions on family, race, body size, and relationships.
One of the most unique qualities of This Is Us is its multi-timeline angle. The series jumps back and forth between the present time, where the Pearson triplets are grown adults, to the various stages of their childhood, where we see the building up and slow breakdown of their parents’ marriage.
While most of the characters are played by different actors in the various timelines, Mandy Moore’s role as matriarch Rebecca Pearson is continued throughout all the different decades. So what does this mean for the 33-year-old actor who has to jump between playing a 25-year-old new mom and a woman in her 60s with three grown children? A lot of makeup.
Getting the aging process just right has been no easy feat. Following the debut of This Is Us in 2016, Moore told Vulture that creating the 62-year-old version of her character Rebecca took many hours. “We had so many makeup tests. I think we had five makeup tests and putting on the prosthetics takes about four hours each time, so I had a lot of time ’cause there were different iterations. Initially I looked too old, and then it wasn’t enough.”
Moore said that she was surprised she didn’t look more like either of her parents once the aging process was complete, but has a newfound excitement for getting older. “It’s weird watching it, seeing the third episode going like, ‘Wow, I wonder if that is how I’ll age,'” said Moore. “I’d be pretty okay with it. Rebecca’s taken fairly good care of herself. I’m embracing aging. I’m ready for that to happen in the next 30 years. I’m not scared of it.”
Season two of the critically and commercially successful series began filming this month, with all of the actors reuniting both onset and on social media.
Returning to the set of This Is Us also means Moore is returning to the makeup chair to transform into the older version of Rebecca. This week, Moore shared some videos of her aging process on Instagram and not surprisingly, turning the 33-year-old actor into a woman in her 60s is a two-person job.
Step one is getting the ‘crunkle’ around the eyes. We assume these are what we commonly refer to as ‘crows feet.’ Crunkle sounds much cuter.
Next, the make up artists literally pull Moore’s face into place to apply aging make up.
A few more hours and voila, present-day Rebecca has arrived.
Hopefully, Moore’s role will continue to be a central force in the show in Season 2, especially since many fans were disappointed she didn’t receive an individual Emmy nod.
— Mark Zustovich (@markzustovich) July 13, 2017
Like, really disappointed.
— Team Sharapova (@team_sharapova) July 13, 2017
You’ll get ’em next year, Mandy!
someone please explain to me how everyone in @NBCThisisUs got an emmy nom BESIDES mandy moore? DENIS O’HARE GOT ONE & HE WAS ON 3 EPISODES!
— Zack Martin (@OHzackattack) July 13, 2017