We love hearing about casting news — but we were a little surprised when we heard that Milo Ventimiglia thought he wasn’t the first choice to play Jack Pearson. This Is Us co-star Mandy Moore was quick to deny Ventimiglia’s claims, and as expected, she did it with a smile.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Moore credited Ventimiglia’s lack of ego for making the statement all together.

We love the fact that Moore seems to know Ventimiglia on a truly personal level. And, her comment wasn’t just meant to boost her co-star’s self-confidence — as a pro, she know that sometimes parts just don’t work out.

For example, in Moore’s eyes, she probably wasn’t the first choice to play Jack’s wife Rebecca.

We can’t imagine anyone else in either role. We think that a lot of the show’s success can be credited towards Ventimiglia, Moore, and their unbelievable chemistry.

While an official date has yet to be set, fans are anticipating This Is Us to come back for season 2 in September. We’re already going through withdrawals (and we still have so many questions that need to be answered) so we definitely hope it’s sooner rather than later!