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The Original Audition Tapes From ‘This Is Us’ Prove The Show Was Sheer Magic From The Start

by Madison Vanderberg

This Is Us has become a runaway hit, but once upon a time, it was just another network pilot searching for its stars.

The entire cast had to audition for their roles, and finally, we’re getting a glimpse into what that was like.

In the following video, Mandy Moore tells Entertainment Tonight that she thinks she was one of the first people the show read for the role of Rebecca Pearson. Five or six weeks later, she did her chemistry read with Milo Ventimiglia, saying, “It went well, and I guess the rest is history.” To be fair, Mandy and Milo’s chemistry read was actually pretty saucy to watch.

Also, when Milo auditioned, he was reportedly told to stop working out because they didn’t want him to be too “hot” on the show.

Sterling K. Brown read the script in between takes on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. “It was the best network television pilot that I had ever read,” he says.

Chrissy Metz’s audition proved strong enough that she won the role away from another actress who wasn’t plus-size. The show’s creators thought she was “authentic,” and her powerful audition landed her the part.

This Is Us season three premiered on September 26, 2018, and ended in two twists. While you gear up for more twists, turns, and mysteries this season, check out the cast’s original audition tapes in the video below.

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