Rebecca Pearson (née Malone) is the widowed wife of Jack Pearson. At the start of the series, the couple had just moved into a new home in Pittsburgh and are welcoming triplets.
She is portrayed by Mandy Moore.
While celebrating her husband's birthday, Rebecca's water breaks and the couple immediately proceed to the hospital. Rebecca births the first triplet, Kevin. Immediately, she enters a distressed state and the OB-GYN immediately takes her into surgery. Daughter Kate was born and Rebecca entered recovery; however, the third triplet, Kyle, was stillborn as a result of the umbilical cord wrapping around his neck.
Rebecca and Jack adopt a black child, who was anonymously left at a fire station and name him Randall. Rebecca faces challenges bonding with and nursing her adopted son. Upon leaving the hospital, Rebecca sees a man at a bus stop. She calls out to him, believing he is possibly connected to the baby she is taking home. While the children's father takes them for their check-up, Rebecca seeks out the man and learns he is, in fact, the father of her adopted son. She approaches him at his apartment to learn more about her son's roots and to be assured that he will not take the baby back.
Rebecca and Jack's marriage is stressed after the birth of their children. Jack frequently is out late drinking, leaving Rebecca to pick up the slack at home.
In the present day, Rebecca is married to Miguel, Jack's best friend.
A Father's AdviceRebecca and Jack continue to struggle after the fight, ending last season. The pair tells the kids that they will be living apart. Rebecca tells Jack that she will eventually be ready to work things out, but not yet. Rebecca realizes later that she needs to fight for Jack, and goes to him. She tells him that they need to work things out, and he disagrees. Jack says he needs to get a handle on his drinking problem before he can return, and closes the door. Rebecca knocks again and fights for him. She tells him to get in the car and, finally, he does. They drive home, and Rebecca tells Jack that everything will be okay. There is a flash-forward, and Rebecca is seen driving alone, with Jack's possessions in the car next to her. She arrives at her home, seemingly burnt by a fire.
A Manny-Splendored ThingRebecca starts with telling Jack that she needs him to quit drinking, again. She asks him what helped him stop the last time. Kate at age 9 is shown, and Rebecca becomes critical of Kate's singing tactics because she wants to help Kate prepare for her school talent show. Kate struggles to deal with always having to live up to her mom's talent, and drops out of the talent show. A modern-day Kate is shown, and she has gotten her first singing gig. Rebecca shows up to support her, and, again, becomes hypercritical. Toby and Kate stand up to Rebecca. Rebecca tells Kate she approves of Toby. Jack tells Rebecca that he will need help kicking his alcohol problem, this time. Rebecca understands.
"I said no. But your father was so sure I was tired and I was grieving and he just kept pushing me. He was so determined that you were meant to be. Meant to be ours. Sometimes, in marriage, someone has to be the one to push to make the big moves. And oftentimes in our marriage, yes, it was your father. Our marriage wasn't perfect, it's true, but none are. And your father wasn't perfect either, but he was pretty damn close. As close as they come. He pushed a stranger on me, and the stranger became my child and that child became my life. He became you." Rebecca Pearson ( A Father's Advice)