Season 2 of This Is Us may have come to an end, but the cast and crew are already gearing up for the third season of the NBC drama.
Ahead of Tuesday evening’s finale, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley, along with creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman, discussed the wrap of the second season and what’s to come in season 3 during their South by Southwest festival panel in Austin, Texas.
The Big Three
During the finale, a distressing scene of future Randall and future Tess apparently set in a hospital aired (Fogelman said this is 13 years into the future). He also said more on this will be revealed in season 3. However, Fogelman wouldn’t reveal if they are indeed talking about Beth. “People will be surprised this next season; it’s really ambitious and surprising,” said Fogelman. “It’s like Beautiful Mind in our writer’s room right now.”
Audiences will also get more Kevin (Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) screen time in the third season. This comes from Fogelman’s love of watching them act together. “There is something about the two brothers together, you see a lot of it in the finale, there is something so real about them as brothers …. so I go ‘S—, we need to get Randall and Kevin on camera more.’ ”
“I hope his career goes the way he wants it to go and who knows if that means that he’s going to move into something else or he’s going to rediscover something other than acting that he likes … but I hope he continues to get healthy,” Hartley said about his character, Kevin.
Some of the kids who play the young Pearsons respectively call Moore (Rebecca Pearson) “Ms. Mandy” and Ventimiglia (Jack Pearson) “Mr. Milo.” And dad Jack is really like a father to these actors, many of them first-time actors, taking them under his wing on set to coach and guide them.
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Rebecca and Jack
Fogelman was so concerned about how much Moore had to cry in the three weeks of shooting Jack’s death that he seriously contemplated sending a clown to her trailer to cheer her up: “It was one scene after another. And first you’re at the hospital and then you’re at the house and then you have to tell the kids. It …
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