‘This Is Us': Mandy Moore hints season 3 premiere reveals more about Randall’s ‘Her’

If there’s one thing fans have been wondering since the Season 2 finale of “This Is Us,” it’s who the mysterious “her” is that older Randall and Tess need to see.

According to star Mandy Moore, clues as to who the mystery woman is will come as soon as Season 3’s first episode.

“There’s something that doesn’t involve my character that’s a bit of a twist in the first episode that people are going to be like, “Whaaa…?'” Moore told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Friday. When EW asked Moore to elaborate, she warned that “It’s not heartwarming.” Honestly, we wouldn’t expect anything less than tear-jerking moments from this show at this point.

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“People are going to be like, “Whaaa…? Why? How? What?” [Laughs.] At least I was, and I knew that it was coming, but still, when you read it, you’re like, “No. Whaaa…?” so that’s pretty interesting,” Moore continued. “I think Dan [Fogelman, the creator] has talked a lot about figuring out who [Randall] is talking about. I think that every episode is offering a more fully realized picture of who that is. It’s not being dragged for the sake of being cheeky. I think it’s just really brilliant storytelling and, Dan’s old favorite way of describing the show is the mixed up videotapes of home videos. This is exactly that, but we’re leaning a little bit into the future aspect of it.”

As for the past aspect of the show, Season 3 will dive right into the lives of the Pearson family after Jack’s death.

“It’s a s—show at home, and everybody is off the rails. Life is not going smoothly. Everything’s falling apart,” Moore said in the interview, adding that Rebecca might have a tough time as a single parent, at least at first: “It’s dealing with the bigger crises that arise in the kids’ personal lives that she’s maybe not as adept at dealing with.”

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THIS IS US -- 'That'll Be The Day' Episode 213 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Fifth Wheel' Episode 211 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'That'll Be The Day' Episode 213 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Lonnie Chavis as Randall, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Fifth Wheel' Episode 211 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Clooney' Episode 212 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Clooney' Episode 212 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number Three' Episode 210 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lonnie Chavis as Randall, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Parker Bates as Kevin -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number One' Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Logan Shorter as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number Three' Episode 210 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Number Three' Episode 210 -- Pictured: (l-r) Niles Fitch as Randall, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Most Disappointed Man in the World' Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The 20's' Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The 20's' Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Brothers' Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca-- (Photo by: Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Brothers' Episode 205 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- Season: 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Parker Bates as Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Lonnie Chavis as Randall -- (Photo by: Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Still There' Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson-- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Still There' Episode 204 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Parker Bates as Kevin Pearson-- (Photo by Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Deja Vu' Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as Kevin Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Deja Vu' Episode 203 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Moonshadow' Episode118 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jeremy Luke as Darryl, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'Moonshadow' Episode118 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Jeremy Luke as Darryl -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'I Call Marriage' Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'I Call Marriage' Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'I Call Marriage' Episode 114 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Wynn Everett as Shelly -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Three Sentences' Episode 113 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Three Sentences' Episode 113 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'Last Christmas' Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as 8 year old Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as 8 year old Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Kyle' Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Three' Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Moore also hinted that some of the more fun-loving characters will see some darker moments in the upcoming third season.

“There’s turmoil for some characters that might have had some lighter moments, especially towards the end of the season, that you’re like, ‘Oh, okay, yeah, this is real life,'” she said. “I maybe wasn’t expecting that, but I feel like we’re all exchanging roles in some senses. The lightness you’ve come expect from some characters may be plagued with some heavier themes this season and vice versa. I like that because it’s true to life.”

So while Rebecca will have plenty of heavy moments to grapple with, there will also be plenty of “romanticism with the early Jack-and-Rebecca years,” Moore added. We can’t wait to see Jack and Rebecca’s first date.

Fans are sure to be in for another emotional ride, but Moore says it will all be worth it: “I know that every show always says, ‘Well, this is the best season yet!’ but I kind of feel like it is.”

“This Is Us” Season 3 premieres Sept. 25 on NBC. 

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