Mandy Moore was already up when the Golden Globe nominations were announced bright and early Monday morning, but found out about her own nom from her TV husband, Milo Ventimiglia.
“I was at home in bed because it was like 5:30 in the morning. I was up because my boyfriend [Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith] was getting ready to take a flight this morning, and my phone just happened to light up and it was Milo,” the 32-year-old singer-actress exclusively revealed to ET’s Carly Steel on the This Is Us set.
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“It was ‘Congratulations,’” shared Moore, who plays Pearson matriarch Rebecca. “Couldn’t be more fitting to hear just incredibly crazy, bananas news from Milo.”
It was a bittersweet morning for the This Is Us ensemble. Though Moore and Chrissy Metz were honored for their work on This Is Us, and Sterling K. Brown was nominated for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Ventimiglia and Justin Hartley failed to garner nominations.
When asked about Ventimiglia’s snub in particular, Moore agreed he should have scored one, too. “I agree, I agree,” she said. “I’m very appreciative, but I agree. I think everyone in this cast deserved to be nominated.”
Once Moore received the unexpected news that she was a newly minted Golden Globe nominee, she called her dad first.
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“I woke him up, which seems so silly now,” she recalled. “I’m like, that definitely could’ve waited a couple hours. It’s exciting news but he was worried that something happened to someone!”
Moore admitted it still hasn’t registered that she’ll be attending the Globes as a nominee.
“I don’t think I can really wrap my head around it,” she said, before praising her co-stars and the hardworking crew. “I am so honored, but I am most excited about the show getting nominated. There’s no way I would be here and be acknowledged without the work of everyone.”
“We have the most incredible writers and the most incredible crew and the most remarkable group of actors and it’s their performances and the fact that they show up every day and make all of us raise our game,” Moore added.
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Though Moore and Metz’s onscreen mother-daughter relationship as Rebecca and Kate is icy at best, Moore was grateful that she and her co-star “love each other.”
“I’m just so thrilled for her,” Moore said of Metz’s nomination. “Honestly, she is gorgeous and her work is incredible and inspiring and we get to have this ride for the next couple of weeks together.”
Moore joked that Brown’s nomination for The People v. O.J. Simpson meant he wouldn’t be able to sit at the same table as his This Is Us family.
“Maybe halfway through the Globes, he’ll come and get drunk with us or something!” she said.
The Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, airs live coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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