The ‘This Is Us’ alum reunited with his castmates on Friday, more than a year after the NBC family drama’s final episode aired in May 2022
Mandy Moore joins the picket line – and has a It’s us reunion underway!
The 39-year-old actress reunited with former costars Chrissy Metz and Jon Huertas on Friday after SAG-AFTRA announced she would go on strike the day before.
“Day 1. Proud to stand with my fellow members @sagaftra and @wgawest demanding a fair contract. #sagaftrastrike #wgastrong #unionstrong,” she captioned a post that included a group photo of the trio and a video of the crew walking down the street.
Moore also took to her Instagram Story and reposted the photo of herself posing with Metz and Huertas.
“My forever family,” she said.
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SAG President Fran Drescher and Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator for SAG-AFTRA, announced the strike at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, saying the vote was “unanimous”. . Crabtree-Ireland said the studios “leave us no alternative” but to strike.
In his keynote, Drescher noted that “the whole business model has been changed by streaming, digital, AI.” She continued, “It’s a really big deal and it weighed heavily on us. At some point, you have to say no, we ‘I won’t take it anymore.’
She added, “The jitter is up… We demand respect. You share the wealth, because you can’t exist without us.”
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Moore found her It’s us costars after filming the final episode of the family drama in May 2022.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in August of that year, Moore – who played matriarch Rebecca Pearson – opened up about how “intimidating” it had been to leave the NBC series after six seasons.
“Obviously, nothing will ever hold the same place in my heart as [This Is Us]“, she said at the time. “And, quite frankly, nothing is likely to mean the same to the world the way this work did.”
“I love working and feel incredibly lucky to have had the best job in the world for the past six years,” she continued. “I think every creative person is definitely scared of not working and feels like their last job is their last job. I’ve read stuff and thought about what’s next, but it’s daunting.”
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Metz – who played Kate Pearson on the hit show for its entire six-year run – also opened up about her love for the show, telling PEOPLE in May: “I miss It’s us desperately. And not only was it life changing, but the best people, the way it touched people’s lives and hearts and minds, it was really, really special.”
As for Huertas, who played Miguel, he previously told PEOPLE that he knew exactly why fans resonated so well with the show.
“I think almost every scene resonated with viewers because what’s great about our show is that our writers are able to take pieces of themselves. [and] pieces of conversations that they have with us, the actors,” he shared. “And they’re able to weave that into every episode and every scene and that way the audience can see or relate every moment, every situation, every character.”
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