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EXCLUSIVE: Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia Talk Real-Life Emotion of 'This Is Us': 'We Love Each Other'

by Jennifer Drysdale 4:24 PM PST, December 11, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia Talk Real-Life Emotion of 'This Is Us': 'We Love Each Other'

Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia really love each other -- professionally, that is.

ET's Cameron Mathison caught up with the TV spouses on the red carpet at the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, where their show, This Is Us, is nominated for Best Drama Series.

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"It's incredible!" Ventimiglia said of the NBC series' nomination. "We just show up to work! We like going to work!"

"We're lucky to have the jobs that we have," Moore added. "We're so lucky to be a part of this show in particular."

This Is Us quickly charmed fans with its emotionally-charged episodes, incredible cast, and unbelievable chemistry -- which Ventimiglia and Moore agreed has rubbed off on their relationships, both within and outside of the series.

"I love Mandy!" Ventimiglia gushed.

"We love each other. It's very mutual," Moore reiterated. "I think being a part of a show that's so emotionally connected to what's fundamentally important in life definitely spills out into our life with our families."

"The most recent episode made me call my parents and just say 'I love you guys, and thank you so much for being incredible parents and doing such a good job with my brothers,'" she shared. "I think playing parents on screen now, you mainly sort of understand that it's not easy and no one is perfect."

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Ventimiglia and Moore have definitely developed some parental instincts. The two made headlines earlier this week for an adorable family photo with their kids on the show.

"We were on set and we had a day [where] we were working with the 8-year-old Big Three and the teenage Big Three, and the actual Big Three, they were on another location," Ventimiglia explained of how the epic pic came to be. "We like to take photos and just kind of make sure we are keeping a record of what is happening on the show, because we are enjoying ourselves so much."

Of course, we couldn't let Ventimiglia go without grilling him about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which left fans with quite a few questions after its finale.

"I think there were still a lot of questions up in the air with Jess. It looks like there are still some feelings he is feeling for Rory," he confessed, adding that he would "be happy" to film more episodes of the Netflix reboot. "It's funny, I never really thought too much about what was happening beyond when I left the show, so for Jess to be still wondering, [it is] fascinating."

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But back to This Is Us -- the heartwarming series definitely knows how to tug at our heartstrings.

See the most gut-wrenching moments from this fall's debut below. 

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