Sometimes, highly emotional drama episodes require actors to dig deep, recall past hurts, and creatively apply those difficult emotions to the scene.
And sometimes, it’s the last episode of your very popular family drama, the beloved matriarch died in the beautiful and moving prequel, and everything is just there – no need to excavate emotions.
“More than anything, I think because we knew we said goodbye to Rebecca when we said goodbye to the show, it was within us,” Sterling K. Brown told TVLine. when we chat with him on Sunday, minus 48 hours or so before This is us bow last. He’s in Nova Scotia, where he’s currently starring and executive producing his next project: the Hulu historical drama Washington Black.
“You don’t have to force it. It’s pretty readily available on the surface,” he added. “The experience is beautiful as it is, because her character ended all at once, so everyone has strong feelings about it. So I’m glad we had the opportunity to shoot it instead of, you know, three or four years ago, and three or four years from now. ”
In the lead-up to the series’ finale on Tuesday (NBC, 8/9c), we asked Brown for the scoop on how the Pearsons’ final hurdle begins. he made it through the last two (extremely tearful) episodes.
TVLINE | How do you recover when you’re in tears, pretty much the entire next two episodes of television?
Too much water. You have to hydrate. That’s probably the biggest thing. Quite interestingly, we’re a pretty hydrated cast, but for the past few weeks, everyone has had a water bottle at work. And I don’t even know if people are aware of the fact that they’re doing it. You need your water. There is water coming out, you must have water in. The recovery was pretty quick, because we had a surplus. I’m trying to lose one gallon a day. Mandy [Moore] do something close to that. And then Sue [Kelechi Watson] joined the band and then Justin [Hartley] like, “I have to get a bottle of water.” Everyone drank a ton of water before it was over. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Going into the episode, tell me where Randall is, tell how the final episode ends.
Did you hear him at the end [Episode] 17 says, “I don’t know what I want to say to her. I just want to make it right.” And that’s a lot about who he is as a character: He wants get it right. And so at the beginning [Episode] 18, his wife is a bit worried about “how will this affect him?” She went through several panic attacks, anxiety attacks, in which he had a hard time getting his life back on track, and she, like anyone else, knew that. this woman, if she’s not his favorite, then it’s definitely one of him. favorite person. So is he in a place where he can recover from this loss in a way that doesn’t stop him moving forward or leaves no motivation in his life? That’s also what his mother told all of her children: “Don’t let my illness, don’t let my transition stop you from doing all the big, wonderful things you have to do.” contribute to this world”. So I think maybe the audience, but definitely his wife, has a similar interest, that’s why early on she felt the need to play Bad Case Scenario. for the last time with her husband. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Given that Rebecca has been ill for quite some time, do you think Randall felt more relieved when she passed away?
That is a good question. I think there was a sense of relief knowing she wasn’t suffering. She has no pain. I also think, even though we as Pearsons don’t go to church all the time and we don’t always say hello; Once we said favor was when Malik’s parents came, and then we went to church when I ran for office, [Laughs] but they are certainly not morally invalid and they are certainly not spiritually invalid. There’s a part of me that likes to think, as evidenced by Dan [Fogelman, series creator]Her writing is the same, she now has a chance to be reunited and whole rather than a part of herself, not a part of herself but a fully realized version, on the other side. the other side of the curtain, her own.
I think it’s selfish… you mourn the person’s physical presence in your life, but not because of that impaired ability. You think about before that time, the conversations you’ve had and the experiences you’ve shared, and knowing that they’ve come to an end, can’t help but feel a little sad. But the hope of it all is that if the person has been gone for a while then maybe they can find some picture of that wholeness when the transition is complete.
https://tvline.com/2022/05/22/this-is-us-series-finale-spoilers-rebecca-funeral-sterling-k-brown/ ‘This Is Us’ Finale Spoilers: Season 6, Episode 18 — Sterling K Brown