The first couple of seasons of This Is Us explored quite a bit of Randall Pearson’s (Sterling K. Brown) backstory. As the adopted child in “The Big 3,” Randall’s origin is incredibly complex. Jennifer C. Holmes starred as Randall’s biological mother, Laurel. Will she return via flashbacks in Season 5?
Jennifer C. Holmes played Randall’s biological mother on ‘This Is Us’
Ron Cephas Jones as William, Niles Fitch as Randall | Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
While Jennifer C. Homes isn’t a household name (yet). However, her face is instantly recognizable as Randall Pearson’s biological mother, Laurel on This Is Us.
From 2016-2018, Holmes portrayed a little of Laurel’s story. The show focused on how she died, and why she couldn’t be a part of adult Randall’s journey. Meanwhile, his biological father, William Hill (Ron Cephas Jones), was able to before he died.
Viewers may remember Randall’s search for William, which came to fruition in the pilot episode, and their relationship until William’s dying day. Much of William’s story — and why he left Randall at the fire station as an infant — has to do with Laurel’s drug use and eventual overdose.
This Is Us unraveled the gist of Laurel’s story, but there’s still much to know about what brought her to the same bus she met William on. Fans don’t know much about her — and neither does Randall. With William gone, some wonder if Randall might seek out answers through Laurel’s roots, just as he did when he took William to Memphis.
Considering Randall’s recent therapy session and the mother-issues his therapist pointed out, it’d make sense for the writers to weave more of Laurel’s backstory into Randall’s infinite identity loop.
Who is Holmes and what else has she been in?
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Holmes was a relative newcomer in Hollywood when she joined the cast of This Is Us. Her earliest work was in Everybody Hates Chris in 2006 as a Soul Train Dancer. After that, the next role wasn’t until 2010 in a short called Antidote.
The following year, Holmes snagged roles in CSI: Miami, The Bold …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet