Hold Up, ‘This Is Us’ Fans – Mandy Moore Says You Might Actually Like That Guy With the Flowers

No one holds a candle to Jack Pearson — but Moore tells TheWrap she “could see” you liking this love interest

Last Updated: September 26, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us.”)

Um, who the hell are you, dude?

That may or may not (but probably was) your initial reaction to the man who is not Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) who appeared on Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) doorstep with a large bouquet of flowers in the closing moments of the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us.”

The shocker came while Ventimiglia’s character was on his way back to see his future wife after what was arguably one of the most awful first dates in TV history. But it all ended well when Jack confessed to Rebecca the reason things got so awkward was because he only had $9 to spend on their outing and didn’t want to admit that to her, so they got drenched by a torrential downpour.

Becc was clearly smitten by Jack’s honesty and gave him a kiss before leaving her coat behind in his car, hoping he’d return to give it back to her. And return he did, but when he was rolling up to her house — also with some flowers — he saw this blonde mustached guy (played by “Weeds” actor Hunter Parrish) at the door, kissing his woman! WTF?

Though this guy is obviously about to throw a wrench into one of the greatest love stories ever to grace the small screen, TheWrap has to wonder if we might actually sort of end up liking this unnamed jerk. And Moore told us herself after “This Is Us”s third season premiere in Los Angeles Tuesday that could be the case.

“I could see that happening, yeah,” Moore told us, laughing and smiling. Uh oh.

While Moore says we aren’t going to find out about this man next episode, we will learn what’s going on here come Episode 3.

Until then, TheWrap asked for Moore to give us her take on what Rebecca is feeling about Jack right now, especially after learning he returned from the Vietnam War not too long ago, where he lost his little brother.

“I think she recognizes like there is more than meets the eye with this guy,” Moore said. “That is complicated. But I would imagine during that time period it wasn’t too odd to meet a vet and someone that had lost somebody that they knew or friend or comrade that they served with.”

“I think him sort of giving her that speech before they got out of the car is really what kind of turned the tide for her,” Moore said. “I think she thought like, ‘This is OK. I’m going to just chalk this up to this isn’t my guy. Like I thought he was and he’s lovely.’ But I think until he really like explained himself and where he’s coming from did she realize, ‘OK, this is worth investigating and exploring.”

TheWrap got a little more “This Is Us” intel last night. Check out everything we know about Randall’s mysterious “her” here, get the break down of Jack and Rebecca’s first date here, and hear what Sterling K. Brown had to say about an upcoming Beth-centric episode here.

“This Is Us” airs Tuesday at 9/8c on NBC.