For six seasons, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia have been breathing life into Rebecca and Jack Pearson, giving incredible performances week after week on the show. Their on-screen partnership has proved to be one of the strongest, most powerful pairings in TV history and has definitely made a mark in pop culture.
Now, following the series finale, Mandy is opening up about her final scenes with Milo, and what their partnership means to her.
Speaking to Variety, the 38-year-old actress said:
“That’s my partner of six seasons and it’s like, ‘Wow, we really did this together. We were Mom and Dad.’ It was so easy to be present and even to just take in what [Rebecca] was saying, ‘I’m scared of the unknown, I don’t know how to do this.’
It very much echoes the way you feel about the end of a very seminal part of your life. I take what William’s character said in the previous episode to heart — if something does makes you sad, it’s because you really loved it while it was unfolding, while it was happening.”
She went on to share a sweet moment the two had while filming their last scene together on the series, saying that Milo actually put a “tissue ball underneath the pillow for me.
Each take, Milo would very gingerly help me flip the pillow over so you didn’t see the tear stains. We were just trying to configure the pillow every take to make sure you couldn’t see where I had been crying!
He’d hand me my little wad of tissues to sop up the tears.”
And Mandy had these heartfelt words to say about Milo:
“It was so indicative of our relationship and the way we always supported each other and had each other’s back. It was effortless from the beginning, and it was effortless through the end.
I acknowledge that I will never, ever have an on-screen partner like Milo again. It’s so rare to connect with someone on that level. In every way, this job was once in a lifetime.”