In the new issue of In Touch, This Is Us execs and cast reveal major behind-the-scenes secrets! For starters, the series originally was conceptualized as a movie focusing on sextuplets in England and the Pearsons were almost the Peasings.

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“We changed it because it’s a weird last name,” explains creator Dan Fogelman. Perhaps the biggest shock? Mandy Moore, 33, and Justin Hartley, 41, almost played lovers on another show. “If that pilot would have [been picked up], it would have run two or three episodes and then I wouldn’t have gotten this job,” Justin said. “I’m glad it fell apart!”

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