Stars of 'This Is Us' Are Big Hit with Steelers Nation
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, who portray a fictional married couple that are big Steelers fans, delighted fans of their own during a visit to Heinz Field Saturday.
It was a case of life imitating art Saturday at Heinz Field when two actors, who portray diehard Steelers fans on TV, came to Pittsburgh to announce the team's fourth-round draft pick on national TV.
Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, play Rebecca and Jack Pearson on the NBC show “This is Us.” The show is particularly popular in the Pittsburgh area because many of its flashbacks are set in the city and Rebecca and Jack are card-carrying members of Steelers nation. Moore was born in New Hampshire and Ventimiglia is a California native, but both appear to embrace their characters' love of Pittsburgh.
“It’s a palpable excitement and affection from this city,” Ventimiglia told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We feel an embrace from Pittsburgh, and we feel like we have to embrace the city back. It’s a really unique, awesome feeling that goes both ways.”
During their visit, Moore and Ventimiglia announced the Steelers' fourth-round draft pick –– quarterback Joshua Dobbs of Tennessee –– and took part in a question and answer session with fans.
“This is Us” has been renewed for its third season and the stars' shared some insight about the future of the show which will further delight its Pittsburgh fan base.
“There’s a possibility we might be filming some of the show here next year,” Ventimiglia said. “Stay tuned.”