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This Is Us - Episode 1.02 - The Big Three - Sneak Peeks, Promos, Promotional Photos, Interviews & Press Release

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Thanks to I Shot J.R. Ewing for the heads up.

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09/27/2016 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : Kate (Chrissy Metz) is furiously working hard to shed her unwanted pounds as she continues to struggle with impatience and discouragement. She receives support from her new boyfriend, Toby (Chris Sullivan), as he helps her let loose and enjoy herself. Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) begins to question the motives of Randall's (Sterling K. Brown) biological father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), and takes action in getting answers on his activities. Randall has a lot more on his mind with the new life-changing addition of having his biological father in his life. Marriage and raising three 8-year-old children is beginning to take its toll on Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) as they start to feel distant from one another. Kevin (Justin Hartley) faces the aftermath of quitting his job as he deals with his agent, Lanie (Katey Sagal), and has to figure out how to move forward.

Post Mortem Interviews

Congratulations on the pilot. Where does the show go after such a big reveal?

The structure of the show is very similar in the coming weeks in that it’s interconnected stories. We have four main stories as our main storylines. We’ll be cutting back and forth between those the same way that we do in the pilot. They start commenting on each other because of the way the series progresses and all the stuff that happens in the pilot. So Mandy and Milo’s story is the story of a young couple raising a family, but that storyline will jump around in time. It won’t just be the couple taking the babies home from the hospital, it’s going to be the story of marriage and family. The pilot may have ended with them having the babies, but the second episode starts in 1988 and you see them eight years after having those kids. Then the third episode will go right back to the day they brought the babies home from the hospital.

Have there been limitations in how big of a time jump you can take given the actors' ages?

In terms of aging Milo and Mandy, it’s really subtle stuff when you really analyze it. It’s not like from 36 to 42 years old we become unrecognizably different people. Our hairstyles change, we age a little bit. We might use a little less or more makeup. It’s not that hard to do, it’s just that you have to be precise and thoughtful and do it the right way. Milo’s facial hair is a huge benefit to us. He’s so malleable with his look because we’re really able to place ourselves in different periods just based on the beard and mustache.

How will their marriage be tested?

In any way that marriages are. You’ve got two people that are different from one another but love each other as much as two humans can. You’re going to go through all the trials and tribulations. And then you throw three kids of the same age that are three different personalities on top of that and it’s just … it’s stress and strain. It comes out in a lot of different ways.

What was filming the emotional pilot scene with Gerald McRaney in the hallway like?

I tried to make the moment as honest and real as I could; something that was genuine to the moment Jack was having. It’s something that wasn’t forced, it just kind of naturally happened. There’s this confusion that would happen in a moment like that where you have to be happy about the birth of two babies but you have to be able to mourn the loss of a third. And thank God for Joe McRaney; he delivered these words that Fogelman wrote so beautifully. There was no real preparation that either of us needed in that moment, but to sit there in that moment and have a conversation with one another. I could only imagine the pain and the confusion and elation that Jack was feeling.


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