It’s no surprise to anyone that This Is Us is an emotional show. In just about every article you see written about the series on just about outlet – there are confessions from writers as both critics and fans that describe ways that the series encourages emotional growth and maturity. That growth happens for viewers within themselves but also in their interpersonal relationships; especially with their families.
The cast members of the series are also deeply touched by what the show is, what it does, and what it teaches all of us – themselves included. It’s a show of substance and while there are still lighthearted moments, it’s a show that really has a deeper message in every episode.
Kristin Dos Santos got to speak to the cast on the red carpet for the show’s FYC Emmys event in Los Angeles last week and some very emotional moments were shared. From Kristin telling the cast members what they’ve taught her, from them sharing what they’ve taken into their own lives from their characters and the storyline – we really got to see how important the series has become. Honestly, couldn’t we all use a little more love?
The video posted on E! News shows Sterling K. Brown start off the interview with tears in his eyes as Kristin says that the show has made her a better parent and taught her a lot about marriage. You can tell that he’s incredibly humble and glad to be part of something so beautiful in that moment.
‘You do the best you can, or that you know how to in the moment, and then when you know better, you do better, so you have so much more compassion for your parents once you become a parent, because you realize like, oh, they could have messed up in so many more ways that they didn’t even do. I should be thanking my stars that I turned out as well as I did.’
Mandy Moore is up next and she also has an emotional moment as she discusses how the show made them want to hug their loved ones closer, how it made her want to have more conversations. She also looks absolutely stunned, but grateful, that Kristin says Rebecca made her want to be a better mom.
Mandy says that she loves that Rebecca is human and fallible and not the perfect ‘June Cleaver type mother’. Which is one of the reasons we love her so much, too.
‘I think it’s made all of us like sort of want to hug our loved ones a little closer, and maybe have like conversations with your friends and family that you would have never thought to have or you didn’t feel comfortable to have. I think it’s opening up this dialogue with people, because you’re sort of forced to hold a mirror up to yourself, like what is my relationship with my siblings, or my parents, or on and on and on. It makes me feel closer to my family. It makes me want to keep in communication with everybody even more.’
Susan Kelechi Watson added that she (like many of us) learned about vulnerability and how it’s okay to just embrace those moments. That’s one of the most important memories we could take from a series like this.
‘I think I’ve learned a little bit about vulnerability, that it’s OK to sit in a vulnerable moment and be there with somebody in a vulnerable moment and just let it be that. It is what it is, it’s an open wound, and we can sit here and be in it together.‘
Chrissy Metz also spoke about what she’s taken from the show.
‘It’s about removing the ego and that nothing is personal and that we all are really trying to do the best we can with what we have, and some people are a little more evolved, and we’re all teachers and students. It’s just about evolving.’
Justin Hartley also spoke about what he took from the series, and his was monumental. He said he spoke with Dan Fogelman after the pilot episode and said that the show was going to change people’s lives. He didn’t realize that it was his own life that would be changing.
He’s a father, himself, and the series has impacted his relationship with his daughter and her mother, as well.
‘I had this conversation with Dan after I watched the pilot, I said this show’s gonna change people’s lives. And I didn’t know I was talking about me at the time, and then I realized after a while, no it’s my life. This is really changing my life. It changes the way that I listen to my daughter and the way I respond to what she says, and I like to think I’m a better father because of the show.‘
We can’t wait until season 2 of This Is Us begins again, but while we do, what lessons have you learned from the series?