Just like the Pearsons on “This Is Us,” Mandy Moore’s real-life family is a bit nontraditional.
Moore — who plays matriarch Rebecca on the hit NBC drama — opened up to People about her “extremely close” kin, which includes her mother, who left her father for a woman when Moore was 23, and her two brothers, who are both gay.
“Nobody is hiding who they are. There are no secrets in our lives,” she said. “I love and support my mom and my brothers with my whole heart. And nothing makes me happier than seeing anybody live their authentic self, and to choose love. If anyone can find love, I support it, I salute you and I celebrate that.”
Still, the newly engaged actress, 33, acknowledges that she’s aware that with the territory comes the risk of intolerance.
“I feel a certain amount of protectiveness,” she said. “I definitely won’t stand for that. But I feel like we’re at a time in our culture when we’re able to have a much more open dialogue. I’m encouraged and excited that eventually we’re going to get to a point where none of this matters. Sexual preference or orientation just won’t factor in anymore. I think we’re inching closer to that.”
Moore first spoke up about her non-cookie cutter family in December 2016.
Moore’s younger brother Kyle is gay, as is her older brother Scott.
“My parents loved each other; they did an incredible job raising all of us,” she told Byrdie. “Everyone’s so much happier (now), richer and more fulfilled, being their authentic selves.”
It’s no wonder Moore was drawn to “This Is Us” — the show features a nontraditional family, too.
Moore’s character is a mother of three — two twins, and one adopted child, Randall. In Season 1, Randall, who is black, while the rest of the family is white, builds a relationship with his long-lost birth father, William.
In one storyline, William reveals to his only son that for the last few years, he’s been in a relationship with a man.
The show has also explored other topical story arcs, including foster children, alcoholic and distant parents and drug addiction.
“I’ve never been a part of a project where people are willing to be so vulnerable,” she said. “The dialogue that this has engendered is mind-boggling. Every day that I drive into work I think, ‘Thank you universe. I don’t know what I did.'”
“I think the audience can see themselves reflected in certain aspects of the show,” she added. “I love that our show celebrates the idea of a nontraditional family. I see my own family reflected in some ways.”