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    This Is Us fans have long speculated what exactly caused the mysterious death of series patriarch, Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) — now they may finally have an answer.

    On the NBC hit’s season 2 premiere, fans learned circumstances that could have led to the beloved character’s death. And, as is custom with the tear-jerking drama, many, many tissues were required to get through the jaw-dropping moment.

    WARNING: Spoilers ahead … 

    The episode opened with Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack separated — but she decides she can’t give up on their relationship and tries to bring him home.

    “I’m still really upset, and I don’t think I’m ready to talk about all that yet, but I shouldn’t have let you leave,” she pleads. “Because that’s not what we do. That’s not who we are. That’s not us.”

    Jack insists that he is an alcoholic: “I have been drunk for weeks, and I thought I had it under control, like the first time, but I have a problem, Rebecca. And I’ve hidden it from you for a very long time. And I’ve hidden it from my kids, and I need to get a handle on it before I can walk back into that house. I’m sorry, baby. I am very embarrassed, and I am very sorry. I need to fix this on my own.”

    Rebecca knocks on the door again and demands, “Get in the car, Jack. You are my husband, and I am your wife, and if you have a problem, we will fix it together.”

    They kiss, and he obliges.

    “A few months from now, everything will be back to normal,” she says.

    Cut to the teenage Pearson kids sobbing as Kate (Chrissy Metz) says, “We have to find Kev. He needs to hear it from me.”

    And at the end of the episode, Rebecca pulls up to a house with bags of Jack’s possessions, only to find it burnt to the ground, with firefighters surrounding the scene. She screams.

    Did Jack die in the fire? Only time will tell — and Twitter is freaking out.

    “I don’t know how to feel,” Moore said at PEOPLE’s screening in Los Angeles. “It was weird to watch it, but I’m so glad we got to watch it together. It’s nice to know that some piece of the puzzle.”

    Clues included Kevin having a broken leg and Rebecca wearing a Steeler’s jersey.

    Jack’s big reveal comes after endless theorizing, hair-pulling and gnashing of teeth since it was revealed he is dead in episode 5, “The Game Plan.”

    Don’t miss People and EW’s This Is Us LIVE viewing party! Go to People.com and EW.com for exclusive access to the This Is Us season 2 red carpet premiere party – with all the scoop from your favorite cast members. Then, join our editors as they bring you expert insight and can’t-miss social buzz during the premiere episode of the hit NBC drama.

    Clues were doled out, characters — including Jack’s daughter Kate — assigned blame to themselves, and still very little could prepare fans for the inevitable, “heart-wrenching” discovery.

    RELATED VIDEO: This Is Us: Is This How Milo Ventimiglia’s Jack Pearson Died?

    Ventimiglia’s costars, who have shed tears while watching episodes along with fans, have had plenty to say about his character’s eventual demise — even if they weren’t always able to give up key details for fear of spoiling the twist-heavy series.

    I think Jack died the way that he lived, by always trying to do the right thing,” said Sterling K. Brown, who plays son Randall. “His death is in fitting with the type of father and the husband that he always tried to be, even when he fell short of the mark.”

    Ventimiglia himself asked viewers to focus on Jack’s life, saying, “I would urge people to … just accept that Jack has limited time, and know that every moment he has with his kids, with his wife, is going to be the most important thing to him.”

    with reporting by PATRICK GOMEZ

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    We laughed, we cried, we yelled “You go, girl!” at our TV screens during the This Is Us‘ season 2 premiere as Chrissy Metz‘s character Kate faced her fears.

    Kate initially skipped out on a singing audition after being intimidated by the young, thin competition. But after a disastrous birthday dinner with her boyfriend Toby (Chris Sullivan) and twin brother Kevin (Justin Hartley), she marched back to the tryout — a moment that had the audience at PEOPLE and EW’s screening cheering in support.

    She demanded to sing, giddily choosing “Nothing Compares 2 U,” her rendition playing out smoothly against a backdrop of silence — until, abruptly, she was cut short.

    She was curtly thanked and asked to leave, but she didn’t stand for it, declaring she was done being written off because of her weight: “I’ve been living versions of that story my entire life, and I can’t do it anymore. I won’t do it anymore.”

    But it turns out, her size had nothing to do with it: Her vocals need a little more practice.

    “You’re not good enough, honey,” the casting agent told her.

    Kate was elated at the response: She was being judged on merit, and she knows that if she works hard enough, she can get there.

    In a Q&A hosted by PEOPLE’s Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle following PEOPLE’s screening in Los Angeles, Metz applauded the show’s decision to make Kate’s rejection about her actual singing skills and not her appearance, noting that as much as Kate hadn’t felt “good enough,” Metz was glad that it has nothing to do with her looks — which means Kate is not the victim, and this challenge is something she can take on.

    “She’s pursuing her heart’s desires, but God bless her,” Metz said. “She’s a mid ’30s woman in L.A. trying to pursue music!”

    RELATED VIDEO: Chrissy Metz Performs Her Greatest Musical Impression on the Emmys Red Carpet

     

    Of Metz’ actual singing skills, the cast offered some serious praise.

    “Chrissy Metz is a beast,” Sterling K. Brown said.

    “Our big challenge in the edit bay was trying to figure out how we could make her sound a little more tentative so the other girl could come in,” creator Dan Fogelman said. “She’s the real deal. People are going to freak out.”

    “Dan is writing my dream life, my dream role, so thank you Dan,” Metz said. “I can’t answer that. I enjoy singing very much. I’m a work in progress!”

    “Tonight it got cut off, but next week it’s so good,” Fogelman added. “I rarely do it in our text cast chain, but I sent the whole cast, ‘Chrissy got cut off tonight, but next week she sings for real on the show.’ It’s pretty awesome.”

    And in an even more glorious turn of events, next week’s episode also features a scene with Mandy Moore — who first rose to fame as a pop star — singing.

    “Oh, a tiny bit,” Moore said. “Not really!”

    “Season 4, when we run out of ideas, it’s going to turn into a musical,” Fogelman quipped.

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.



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    Kates of past and present gathered together on the red carpet Tuesday for the PEOPLE screening of the season 2 premiere of This Is Us in Los Angeles.

    Chrissy Metz joined the actresses who portray the 9-year-old (Mackenzie Hancsicsak) and teen (Hannah Zeile) versions of her character, Kate Pearson, on the NBC drama for a cute group photo.

    All three ladies wore black dresses for the highly anticipated premiere, which finally revealed more about the Pearson family patriarch’s untimely demise.

    During a Q&A following the screening, series creator Dan Fogelman said part of Kate’s second season story arc will find Metz singing more and more.

    “She’s awesome. She sings next week on the show and it’s pretty awesome,” he said. Echoed Metz’ on-screen brother Sterling K. Brown: “Chrissy Metz is a beast.”

    Of Metz’s shaky singing performance as Kate in the season premiere, Fogelman explained, “We made her sound a little more tentative. … We thought we had to make this a realistic situation for Kate. She is a 37-year-old trying to break into a tough industry that people have been working their whole lives to be a part of. It’s not going to just happen overnight because she wants it to be.”

    Don’t miss People and EW’s This Is Us LIVE viewing party! Go to People.com and EW.com for exclusive access to the This Is Us season 2 red carpet premiere party – with all the scoop from your favorite cast members. 

    He added, “She’s going to have to work at it and that’s something that Kate’s willing to do.”

    Metz, who earned an Emmy nomination for playing Kate, is loving how she can combine her passion for acting and singing.

    “Dan is writing my dream life. I enjoy singing very much,” she told PEOPLE. 



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    Her This Is Us character Kate had awkward birthday during the season 2 premiere, but Chrissy Metz celebrated her real-life milestone in the sweetest way.

    On Saturday, Metz’s boyfriend Josh Stancil threw the star a surprise 37th birthday birthday party at Beauty & Essex in Los Angeles.

    When Metz and Stancil, 40, first walked into the restaurant, Metz thought she was just going on an intimate dinner date  — so she was shocked when they were led to a table with her friends and family, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.

    RELATED VIDEO: Chrissy Metz Talks Fashion Fears, Dressing for Her Shape & More 

    Metz was spotted sipping Diet Pepsi and snacking on the grilled cheese, smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings. Her crew also enjoyed the kale and apple salad and oven braised chicken meatballs.

    Metz and Stancil met on the set of This is Us, where Stancil works as a camera grip.

    In an interview with Marie Claire, Metz revealed that they met after she saw him eating a taco and couldn’t help but talk to him.

    “I was like, oh he’s cute, with shirts and his backward hat, kind of masculine,” she said. “Before I even know it, I called out, ‘You better slow down or you’re going to choke on your food.’ I am typically a little more charismatic than that, I swear.”

    She added that they didn’t officially go out for another month, when Stancil asked her if she’d like to have a drink with him.

    Right before their one-year anniversary in August, Metz told PEOPLE that she wasn’t feeling any kind of a rush to move in together yet.

    “I like living on my own,” she said. “I’ve never done it before, so I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can.”

    “I’m not rushing into anything, and I don’t think that when you really care about somebody that you need to,” she added.

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.



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    The Big 3 will soon be welcoming a new addition!

    This Is Us fans and viewers were shocked by the ending of Tuesday’s episode when it was revealed that Chrissy Metz‘s character, Kate Pearson, is expecting a baby!

    Turns out, Kate’s obsession with her weight and fitting into a dress for an upcoming gig was actually due to her being six-weeks pregnant, or as her doctor described: “Your poppy seed is now the size of a lentil.”

    As the doctor tells Kate that she and the baby are healthy, she allows herself to smile. It’s a joyful, touching ending — the ticking clock, in this case, is not a warning of a blowup but a sign of hope that maybe things can keep getting a little better.

    And This Is Us fans couldn’t help but express congratulatory messages to Kate and her fiancé, Toby, on social media.

    And in next week’s teaser, Kate tells Toby (Chris Sullivan), who is completely surprised by the baby news.

    Fans and viewers will soon get to learn more about Toby’s own family dynamic as his mother will be introduced later in the sophomore season.

    “Toby has a lot going on with his mom. A lot going on we don’t know about,” Sullivan, 37, shared with PEOPLE exclusively.

    “There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot under there we don’t know about,” said Sullivan’s TV fiancée Metz, 37.

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.



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    It looks like things have gotten bumpy between Theresa Caputo and her husband Larry.

    In a PEOPLE exclusive first look at season eight of TLC’s Long Island Medium, Caputo reveals to a friend that when it comes to her relationship to Larry, “there’s a strain there.”

    “Since the last season of Long Island Medium, Larry and I’s relationship has changed,” Caputo continued. “It’s not easy for me to talk about this — I don’t know what’s going to happen. And that’s hard.”

    And Larry admitted to feeling similarly saying, “I go to sleep thinking about it, I wake up thinking about it, I don’t know what the outcome of this is gonna be.”

    But it’s not all gloom and doom. In the teaser, Caputo also talks about how now that she’s 50, “I’m all about trying new things.” Like weightlifting, cryotherapy and goat yoga — which appears to consist of goats sitting on you or running across your back as you hold yoga poses.

    And of course along the way the famous TV medium will help numerous people communicate with their perished loved ones, including celebrities like This Is Us’s Chrissy Metz, Kelsey Grammer, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath and Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran.

    Season eight of Long Island Medium premiers Nov. 6 on TLC.



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    Could the surprise pregnancy on This Is Us keep Jack Pearson’s memory aliveChrissy Metz thinks so!

    Fans and viewers learned during last week’s “Still There” episode that Metz’s character, Kate Pearson, is six weeks pregnant with her first child with fiancé Toby (Chris Sullivan).

    “I was told over the hiatus that there would be a pregnancy for Kate,” Metz tells PEOPLE exclusively.

    In fact, the storyline was so top secret that she kept it from her inner circle as well as some of her castmates and crew members.

    “Keeping a secret like that and from your own family is not easy!” Metz says. “We didn’t use a code word, but there were scenes that were omitted for secrecy on the distribution list and even on the day of shooting. We were very diligent about keeping that a secret.”

    Now that everyone knows about Kate’s pregnancy, Metz couldn’t be happier about the response. “Everyone was over the moon about Kate’s news! I think people are already choosing baby names,” she says about the fan reactions.

    Speaking of baby names, Metz reveals she agrees with a popular fan theory.

    “I’m sure she would name the baby Jack if he was a boy,” she says. “That’s what’s so special about naming a child after a loved one. The legacy and beautiful memories that will be created are that much more meaningful.”

    This week, fans and viewers will find out how Toby reacts to Kate’s pregnancy. Metz teases that it’s all “in true Toby fashion” and that the rest of the Pearson family “will know soon enough.”

    As for how the pregnancy will affect Kate and Toby’s relationship and wedding planning, Metz says their unborn child comes first. “I think the main priority is the baby. They are madly in love and don’t need a ceremony to affirm that,” she shares.

    Along with impending motherhood, Metz’s character continues to struggle with her size.

    “I think Kate will continue to lose weight. She ultimately wants what’s best for the baby and for her,” says Metz, who has embraced being an inspiration for body positivity and is contractually obligated to lose weight for the role.

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.



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    This Is Us fans and viewers got to see more glimpses into Jack Pearson’s past on Tuesday night’s episode, specifically his family before the Big 3.

    In season 1, we met his abusive alcoholic father, Stanley Pearson (Peter Onorati), and saw a moment of Jack’s military service in the Vietnam War. And now, in the sophomore season, we see that Stanley may die of cirrhosis without saying a final farewell to his son. In addition, we learn more about Jack’s life as a soldier.

    Tuesday’s episode revealed that Jack had been hiding a major truth about himself for the past decade: his brother Nicky. (Nicky could be the reason why Jack wanted his sons Kevin and Randall to get along.)

    Flashbacks showed Jack with his younger brother waking up from the backseat in a car and putting on his black-rimmed glasses before the older sibling said, “Don’t worry Nicky. I’m not going anywhere, I’m not going anywhere.”

    Then the scene fast forwarded to adult Jack looking through a memory box filled with dog tags and old photos from his military days, including a group picture that showed Nicky wearing glasses and a nametape that read “Pearson.”

    Previously, during the second episode of this current season, titled “Manny-Splendored Thing,” we saw the blades of a helicopter as the camera panned down to show two men in full Army attire jumping out of the aircraft. One of them was Jack, who was wielding an assault rifle.

    And during the first season, fans and viewers saw Jack transition from Army vet to neighborhood mechanic. Remember when Mrs. Peabody asked Jack: “How did you come back from Vietnam so nice? Seems like most of the boys lose their damn minds over there.” And Jack told her, “I was just a mechanic. You know, maybe we had it a little easier over there.”

    Well, it appears Jack wasn’t just a mechanic.

    Fans and stars Sterling K. Brown and Chrissy Metz reacted to Nicky on social media with many wondering how much of an impact he could have on Jack’s life.

    “Jack and Nicky, brothers, soldiers in Vietnam. Looks like there’s more to Jack’s story than he let’s on,” Brown live-tweeted during the episode.

    “Niiicky! I must know everything, now!” Metz live-tweeted.

    Mandy Moore also took to Twitter to share her reaction to the surprise twist. “Whoa. Didn’t see that coming. Introducing Jack’s younger brother, Nicky,” the actress wrote.

    And fans couldn’t believe there was another Pearson family introduction.

    Nicky’s glasses were also a big mention on social media.

    While we have more to learn about Jack and Nicky’s brotherly bonding, next week’s episode will give viewers an in-depth look at a crucial decade for the Big 3.

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.



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    The family that cries together, parties together!

    The This Is Us gang — including Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown — was out in full celebratory force to support costar Justin Hartley at his intimate Malibu wedding on Saturday.

    After Hartley, 40, and his bride, actress Chrishell Stause, 36, did a first dance to The Contours’ “Do You Love Me”, the tight-knit TV family hit the floor with the newlyweds and the rest of the 75 wedding guests.

    “They’re so happy for us!” Stause tells PEOPLE. “They’re such sweet people.”

    And sweet dancers.

    Watch People Weddings: Justin Hartley & Chrishell Stause, available now, on PeopleTV. Go to PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device.

    While the whole cast joined in as a deejay spun an ’80s-heavy playlist, Brown busted out the most moves.

    “Sterling and his wife got down on the dance — it was great!” a guest says. “They had so much fun!”

    One especially hilarious moment came when Brown caught the garter — and playfully wore it as a head band while he danced into the night.



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    Just when you thought This Is Us couldn’t be more emotional, “Number One” had more gut-wrenching twists.

    While many were overjoyed over Chrissy Metz‘s character Kate being pregnant with fiancé Toby’s child, fans and viewers sadly learned that she is no longer expecting.

    In Tuesday’s Kevin Pearson-centric episode, Justin Hartley‘s character shows up at brother Randall’s home after being honored at his high school alma mater. Before Kevin could tell his brother that he needs to inform him of something, Sterling K. Brown‘s character interrupts him, saying: “It’s okay, I already know. Kate lost the baby.”

    Metz took to Twitter after the episode aired, writing: “It’s devastating, I know, but @ThisIsUsWriters take us on the journey of despair to express an important story line and situation we are often too afraid to discuss.”

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    The show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, also explained on Twitter. “RE: THAT ENDING (SPOILER): We didn’t want it to happen to them. But we’re trying to capture real life, and it happens. A lot. Next week is a difficult, ultimately life-affirming ep about love & family. We hope you’ll watch it & talk about it – not enough people do,” he teased.

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    Twitter was absolutely floored by the revelation, expressing grief and shock with various tweets, memes and gifs.

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    A few may have had a clue something was wrong with Kate during scenes where Kevin ignored Kate’s phone call, and then later disregarded Toby’s phone call as well.

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    Though Metz did not appear in this week’s episode, the preview for next week’s episode teases that it will be a Kate Pearson-centric dialogue as it is titled “Number Two” (Kevin was the firstborn triplet, followed by Kate).

    “It just happened,” Toby says of the miscarriage before Kate tells him: “Toby, it happened to me. It didn’t happen to you.”

    Later she admits: “I feel like I failed you.”

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.



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    Kevin (Justin Hartley) was in deep pain last week on This Is Us, but his twin sister Kate (Chrissy Metz) experienced an even greater tragedy in the broadcast’s final minutes: She and fiancé Toby (Chris Sullivan) lost their baby.

    Tuesday’s episode, “Number Two,” returned to the same 24-hour period that we first saw during the Kevin-centric installment, but this time, we followed the aftermath of Kate and Toby’s devastating loss. The couple was undoubtedly excited for their baby on the way, with Kate diligently making a list of pregnancy questions for her doctor and Toby ensuring his fiancée got all her prenatal nutrients. All the while, viewers saw teenage Kate (Hannah Zeile) show her maternal side through the caring of family dog Louie.

    However, something went desperately wrong, with no explanation for Kate’s miscarriage. She turned the huge question mark into an assumption that was her fault, perhaps for being overweight or an older expectant mother. The miscarriage tested Kate and Toby’s relationship like never before, all while strengthening Kate’s mother-daughter dynamic with Rebecca (Mandy Moore), who delivered stillborn triplet son Kyle.

    So many questions. Thankfully, Metz unpacked the episode with PEOPLE and talked all about breaking the silence of miscarriage on network television, in addition to what to expect from the Big 3 in forthcoming episodes.

    How did you get into character for this episode, specifically for the miscarriage scenes? What resonated with you while shooting that sequence?

    As a woman, I’ve never been in that situation, so it was difficult for me to be in that space, but because there’s so much empathy, I tried to incorporate so much understanding of when you want something so desperately and you finally conceive a life. You don’t know when to bring it up or how to bring it up. You feel like there was something to be done or that you weren’t good enough to have a child. You lost the baby. It’s not just about conceiving but bringing the baby to term and getting ready, there are so many layers to a pregnancy that just aren’t discussed because people are really afraid to talk about it, and it’s not glamorous and it’s not fun. It’s not something people are ecstatic to talk about.

    Many viewers either have experienced a miscarriage or know someone who has. Yet it’s something that is rarely shown on network television.

    Network television doesn’t really deal with a lot of our storylines. I think that’s why people are relating to our show so much, because the writers and Dan have created these characters we see ourselves in every situation. Whether it’s paternity or adoption or family illness or weight or family dynamics and relationships, how do we navigate through life? They continue to be courageous exploring and talking about it because there’s so much shame around it. Our show continues to do what it does, which is bridge that gap between not just creating art but creating discussions between women and relationships and mothers and daughters to talk about. I know so many people, whether they’re strangers or family, will be able to say, “I wanted to tell you that I experienced this but I didn’t know how to tell you.” It’s really allowing people to step up and have courage, because not only other people have gone through it but also a really grand scale like a network television show where it’s being discussed. It’s just so important.

    Kate’s miscarriage brought her closer to Rebecca physically and emotionally, finally reaching a breakthrough bonding moment. What will this new direction bring them?

    We haven’t seen Rebecca and Kate ever, ever that way. Ever this vulnerable. They’re always so emotionally charged because from such an early age Rebecca has felt that Jack has always let Kate do whatever she wanted to do and that Kate has this bond with Jack that Rebecca is never going to have. So that created a distance between the two of them, and never felt that they could relate on any level, and that they could ever be vulnerable to each other. The complications of anger, fear, sadness and resentment. For the first time in Kate’s life, she needed her mom. Kevin wasn’t there for her because he was going through stuff, Toby couldn’t understand, and we discover that it’s such a beautiful thing that Rebecca just shows up as a mother. As a daughter, you couldn’t ask for anything more. And that she came without any hesitations and without any judgment. And divulged a really, really sad experience with Kyle, that she never held Kyle and that she was afraid to. They could relate to each other on a very different level than they’ve ever before because I think Kate never, ever felt that there was anything her mom could understand about her. And so seemingly for the first time, she’s dropped her guard and needed her mom. Her mom was there to not only support her but to love her and to not point fingers. That was really important for Kate. And for Rebecca to encourage and support her to talk to Toby and finding out that through her mom’s choices of not discussing her sorrows with Jack further along, that you’ve got to talk about your feelings. Because, as people say, only as sick as your secrets. You keep those to yourself, and they will literally eat you up inside.

    That hug between Kate and Rebecca was much more expressive than any pages of dialogue. The simplest act meant so much to both of them.

    Mandy is an actress and a human being, and a gift to work with. Opening that door and the look that she gave me, it was so heartfelt. And of course, I saw my mom in her, and I felt like the little kid. There are so many complex layers to that hug. That acknowledgment that she showed up. It’s a quick little scene, there was so much to be said without any words. That’s such a testament to the trust that the writers have in the actors and for the characters, but also that sometimes things don’t even need to be said, you just know exactly what someone is feeling and what they need. She finally let herself fall into her mother’s arms for the first time.

    Another important person in the episode is Toby. This really, really difficult time challenges their relationship and tests if it can survive. 

    Kate and Toby are constantly tested. And constantly proving that they really do love each other. They love each other through the ups and the downs, just being very exposed. You’re getting to see the raw versions of each of these characters. You still love the person through all of it, that’s true love. That’s the love for someone you want to be with, who is going to show up for you. In turn, you’re gonna show up for them. It’s not just romantic or fun but difficult, really, really difficult. Their love for each other is real.

    Will Kate and Toby want to try for another baby?

    It’s hopeful in that they are going to want to try again and conceive again. Just like many couples. I’m sure we’ll talk to a lot of them after this episode airs. It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it. You can’t let it break you but hopefully, make you stronger. That’s exactly what this did for Kate and Toby. When the time is right, they’re gonna try again. They do want a family because they want to be together. You just see how committed Toby is to Kate and her happiness. He doesn’t know how to control anything in this situation but the only thing he can preempt is not getting that baby bath delivered to the house. That in turn, he gives away and that helps another family and it’s beautiful on another level.

    We saw Kevin ignore the calls from Kate and Toby that day. She really leaned on Toby while her twin brother spiraled. How much guilt is Kevin going to feel?

    I think there will be a lot of guilt. But as I prepared and processed the next couple episodes we shot after this one, you have to realize that yes, it’s a huge, huge hurdle in Kate’s life, but Kevin has so many things he’s dealing with. When you have a bond with a sibling or a significant other, you have to have compassion and empathy for what they’re going through, and if he could be there mentally and emotionally, he would, but he was so just entrenched in his pain. Hopefully, he doesn’t take that on and feel worse for it, because that’s not what Kate would want for him.

    Each of the three episodes is framed by the home video of the Big 3, and how you can become so fixated on what’s happening in your life that you may miss what’s happening around you and your loved ones. How does this affect each sibling?

    That’s a really good perspective. We have blinders on in our own lives. Sometimes it’s to our advantage, and sometimes getting out of our own heads and being of service by showing up for other people ultimately ends up helping us in a much bigger way. I think that’s really cool of them showing not only the dynamic between the Big 3 but how the parents reacted to each of them. Kevin walked first, we see that Kate hasn’t quite got it, she’s sort of in the shadows, always trying to catch up to her brothers. That plays so much in her adulthood with Randall. It’s such an interesting way of quickly telling so much of a backstory. We can get so bogged down in our lives that we miss what’s really missing. But at the same time, it’s so important to figure out what’s going on before you can even show up for someone else. You have to, like they say, put the oxygen mask on yourself first. You just do. You got to love yourself before you love anyone else. And that continues to show up because we see Kate hasn’t had a great relationship with a man until Toby. Kevin can’t seem to keep Sophie even though he wants to, he doesn’t feel like he’s worthy. So all of those themes continue to play through, just diving deeper into the pain of all of that and how do you get through it. It’s very layered.

    What can you tease for “Number Three,” the final episode of the trilogy that will focus on Randall?

    Kate and Randall are actually really close. They have one of those relationships that like you have a friend that you haven’t seen in a couple months but you pick up right where you left off. That’s always been there. They really understand each other, and there’s that real love between them that they get each other. She’s sort of the glue between Kevin and Randall. In Randall’s episode, we’re gonna see really what shaped him into a young adult in a way we haven’t seen before. It’s gonna be fun and different. Being African American and not being able to relate to an all-white family, and all of the backstory of his biological father, and applying to colleges. It’s going to be really fun to see how he is becoming a young man and how that changes him. It’s going to be really good, I’m excited for it.

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.



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    Chrissy Metz may star on one of the most talked about and successful shows currently airing on television, but she’s all of us when it comes to meeting a favorite celebrity.

    The This Is Us actress attended 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball bash over the weekend, where she was all smiles after meeting Grammy winner Sam Smith.

    While backstage at the annual concert, which welcomed countless A-listers including Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato and Macklemore, Metz, 37, met Smith, 25, and couldn’t contain her excitement about the duo’s (documented) introduction.

    “When your mission to meet @samsmithworld backstage at @iheartjingleball is accomplished yours truly becomes a child with unabashed joy!” Metz captioned a post shared to Instagram, which included a behind-the-scenes snapshot of her speaking with the British singer and another of the two posing and smiling for the camera.

    “I wish I would’ve eloquently said how much his music moves me and what an incredible gift he gives us all but nope, not sure I even spoke English. #noshame #classybroad #whenthespiritmovesyou,” wrote Metz, who donned a hunter green velvet dress for the musical event.

    Attending her first Jingle Ball, the This Is Us star told PEOPLE in December 2016 that she was most excited to see another one of her favorite musicians perform — Bruno Mars!

    “I’ve loved him for so long. He’s such an amazing songwriter and amazing performer, and he’s adorable,” she told PEOPLE. “I can hear him right now and it’s very exciting.”

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.



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    Justin Timberlake couldn’t help but feel a little out of place Wednesday at The Hollywood Reporter‘s Power 100 Women in Entertainment breakfast.

    The 36-year-old singer was one of the few men at the star-studded event at Los Angeles’ Milk Studios — standing out in a room filled with Hollywood’s biggest actresses including Angelina JolieJennifer Lawrence, Gal Gadot, Glenn Close, Sarah Silverman, Chrissy Metz, Shonda Rhimes, Loni Love, Niecy Nash, Emmy Rossum, Bryce Dallas Howard, Olivia Munn, Anna Paquin, Lea Michele, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Warren, Isla Fisher and more.

    “Angelina warned me that I was basically only here to be objectified so that’s absolutely fair,” Timberlake, 36, joked to the room when he took the stage. “I’d like to say to all of the women — strong, beautiful souls: I’m happy to be here to be your arm candy. … When The Hollywood Reporter called me and asked me to be your bitch, I said, ‘Oh, I might like that.’ ”

    Of course, Timberlake was at the event to be far more than “arm candy.” He was on hand to present $1 million in college scholarships to girls from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles, stepping in for Selena Gomez who was previously scheduled to present the honor.

    Being in the room left Timberlake feeling motivated. “I feel really inspired to be in this room,” he said. “People like Angelina, Sherry , Shonda , Nancy and you strong women that are younger than me, Jennifer , Lily — I look up to all of you.”

    “To the men in this room… I think we actually are here because we deserve the opportunity to speak up, to say when something is not right,” he continued. “We need to get on board. It’s not a responsibility, it’s our privilege. It’s our privilege because at the end of the day if you can be lucky enough to be raised by a strong woman and convince a strong woman  to marry you, you will realize that we are nothing without the strength of women.”

    The event made such an impact on Timberlake that he joked he had to give 2-year-old son Silas Randall a sister. “Oh my God, I’ve got to have a daughter,” the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer said. “I’m ruined after today.”

    RELATED VIDEO: Family Fun! Angelina Jolie Steps Out With Her Kids to the Toronto Film Festival

    While Jolie may have teased Timberlake, when she took the podium at the event she got serious about the problems facing women globally.

    “We have a level of freedom that is unimaginable for millions of other women around the world — women who live with conflict and terrorism and displacement and poverty, who never get a chance, whose voices are always silenced,” she said. “We have the right to think thoroughly and to speak freely and to put forward our ideas on equal terms. There are women across the world who face serious danger and get hurt just trying to have a voice, just an opinion. So it’s hard to celebrate our progress while this is still the case, but it means that asserting ourselves as female artists represents something really, really important in the world today.”

    “Every woman has a right not only to independence and security, but to live her life to the full and to express herself to the full, including through art and ideas as well as politics,” she continued. “That right is denied so often to women because it is so powerful. Art influences and catches the imagination. It challenges orthodoxy and societies where women are denied freedom of expression, those societies are being shaped without the voice and influence and wisdom of women.”

    Jolie concluded: “Together we stand for more than our own rights and freedoms, but we do stand for the freedom and rights of all women. We have in this room the ability to help those women artists struggling to help find a way make sure their voices are heard; to show solidarity with them, to champion them, to help them tell their stories.”



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    Ever since NBC’s smash hit drama This Is Us premiered, breakout star Chrissy Metz has found fame and a calling as a role model for body positivity. And on Sunday night, she is nominated for the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a television series.

    But just a few years ago, Metz was nearing a breaking point resulting from a decade-long spiral of depression and self-doubt, she told PEOPLE in February. 

    Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Golden Globes coverage to get the latest news on Hollywood’s big night.

    “I’d be getting maybe two auditions a year, and I’d always see the same small group of girls,” said Metz, who was a size 12 when she was first scouted but dropped 50 lbs. at the recommendation of her then-manager before moving to L.A.

    With work slow, she took a job as a junior commercial casting agent but said having to backburner her own dreams “was like watching your boyfriend take another woman out every day.”

    Depressed and “eating my feelings,” Metz gained more than 100 lbs. before a panic attack on her 30th birthday sent her to the hospital and snapped her back into reality. 

    She set about overhauling herself physically and emotionally, including following doctor’s orders to lose weight. “I was so gung ho, I lost 100 lbs. in less than five months,” she said. “All I did was eat a 2,000-calorie diet and walk 20 minutes a day.”

    As the numbers on the scale fell, Metz regained confidence. Then she landed the recurring part on American Horror Story: Freak Show that would kick-start her career. 

    Playing a “fat lady” meant stepping into a fat suit. “It was sobering,” she said. “I thought, ‘What if I become that heavy and can’t walk around or get stuck in the doorframe? I was like, ‘I don’t want this for me.’ ”

    The role also lead her to This Is Us. Baring her body and stepping on a scale within the first few minutes of the show’s pilot this past September, Metz — through her character Kate — instantly instantly became a fan-favorite.

    “You don’t realize that somebody who’s average or even very fit could relate to someone who’s overweight,” she said of the feedback she’s gotten, “but it’s not about our size — it’s how we look at ourselves and how we feel about ourselves.”

    RELATED VIDEO: 2018 Golden Globe Nominations: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Big Little Lies All Score

     

    Though there was a bit of blowback to Metz’s prior statements about losing weight in tandem with Kate on the show (Metz now tells PEOPLE her contract with NBC does not mandate a specific workout regimen, any surgery or include an explicit weight-loss target), the actress acknowledged that having her own physical journey tied to Kate’s is a key element of why This Is Us is the role of a lifetime.

    “You have to use what you have, and I wouldn’t have this role if I had already lost weight,” she said. “Now it’s about telling a story of a woman struggling with her weight, just as I have and still am.”

    As for what’s next, while Metz said she’s taking steps to lose weight, she does make it clear that the stops along her weight loss journey are “not for anybody but myself. … I want to have a fit, healthy body and not have to be put in a box. I don’t want to be limited by anything.”

    This Is Us airs Tuesdays (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.

    The 75th annual Golden Globes are presented live at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.



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    Golden Globes nominee Chrissy Metz has been very vocal about her love of color on the red carpet, but it was important for the This Is Us star to stand in solidarity with her fellow actors supporting the Time’s Up movement against harassment by wearing an all black look to this year’s awards show.

    Metz collaborated closely with stylist Penny Lovell and the designers at Sachin & Babi on her custom off-the-shoulder velvet gown which featured a black sequin wrap and hand beaded crystal brooch. They styled the look with Stuart Weitzman shoes, a Jimmy Choo clutch, Hueb earrings and Le Vian bracelets, and of course, a powerful Time’s Up pin.

    “We actually had another dress scheduled before this happened, but we did a last minute switch,” Lovell told PEOPLE, adding that the team at Sachin & Babi made the dress for Metz over the holidays. “They were just fantastic. We actually made it all black. It wasn’t originally going to be all black. The embellishment was going to be a different color, but we switched. They were perfect and came through for us.”

    RELATED PHOTOS: Style That Makes a Statement: Stars in Black at the Golden Globes

    Lovell added that Metz was very involved in the customization of her look.

    “It was originally long, and we decided we wanted it shorten it,” she shared. “We very much created this dress around Chrissy and what Chrissy likes and we tailor it to her, in every way, design-wise and physically. We decided we wanted to go a little shorter and we wanted to see the shoe. It felt like a good moment to do that, a little more modern. I really worked with her and with how she feels, as I do with all my clients.”

    To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

    And above all the actress wanted to support the Time’s Up cause, which is bringing awareness and funding to the issue of sexual harassment, inequality and discrimination in all workplaces.

    “Chrissy is a very confident and fantastic person,” Lovell said. “I think the thing that was really important to her was that she was in solidarity with the other women and that we were all on the same page and it was never a question about her wearing black. It was really a great thing to do — we really enjoyed it.”

    Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Golden Globes coverage to get the latest news on Hollywood’s big night.

    On the red carpet Metz told E! that she connects deeply with her character Kate on This Is Us, and hopes other people learn from Kate’s strength.

    “I think that so many people feel inadequate in some way as Kate does,” Metz said. “She feels in the shadows of her brothers for so long and people can relate to that because we are meant for something bigger, better, greater but we’re not always taught that.”



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    Chrissy Metz was a style standout at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday.

    The This Is Us star, 37, wore a ’70s-inspired print dress by Eloquii that featured a fit and flare silhouette and tie neck detail.

    Metz customized her look with the help of her stylist Penny Lovell and dressmaker Dani Kurrle who shared a sneak peek of the process that included adding black sequin fabric at the waistline and strings of black sequins throughout the bodice. And to make it a gown, the same ruffle pattern was attached.

    To complete her awards show ensemble, the actress accessorized with a Jimmy Choo clutch, Anabela Chan earrings, Spallanzani ring and Stuart Weitzman heels.

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    And you too can wear a dress similar to Chrissy’s!

    Eloquii offers a knee-length dress in the same ’70s-inspired print for $139  (plus an extra 40% off with code EXTRA).

    With awards season currently underway, the Critics’ Choice Awards marked the second time this week that Metz has worn a custom-made dress, courtesy of Lovell.

    For the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday, Metz collaborated closely with her stylist and designers at Sachin & Babi on her one-of-a-kind off-the-shoulder velvet gown which featured a black sequin wrap and hand beaded crystal brooch.

    “We very much created this dress around Chrissy and what Chrissy likes and we tailor it to her, in every way, design-wise and physically,” Lovell told PEOPLE about Metz being very involved in the customization of her look. “I really worked with her and with how she feels, as I do with all my clients.”

    Adding, “Chrissy is a very confident and fantastic person.”


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    Chrissy Metz has some thoughts on what makes Sterling K Brown such a good faux crier.

    “He’s pretty spectacular. Everything he does is spectacular,” Metz, 37, told PeopleTV’s Lola Ogunnaike and PEOPLE Now’s Jeremy Parsons at The PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly & TNT Official SAG Awards Red Carpet Live Show.

    “He can do the one tear thing and that is a gift,” she added, before asking “how does he do just one eye?”

    Brown — who’s nominated for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series— was previously dubbed the “best crier” by fellow This is Us costar Mandy Moore.

    Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full SAG Awards coverage to get the latest news on Hollywood’s big night and watch PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly and TNT’s official live red carpet show on Twitter or your favorite streaming devices.

    “I think Chrissy and I – Chrissy Metz who plays Kate my daughter – I think Chrissy and I are probably the most emotional,” Moore revealed during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  “But I think Sterling gets the award for best crier. I feel like he’s literally at the point as an actor where he’s like, ‘What eye do you want me to have the dramatic single tear drop down my cheek from?’ ” 

    RELATED VIDEO: SAG Awards 2018: Get Out, The Big Sick and Big Little Lies Score Nominations

    But when Brown was asked at the Screen Actors Guild Awards whether he thought he really was the best crier in the cast he told PEOPLE, “ I don’t know if that’s true or not.” 

    Although he did reveal how he learned to do that “one tear thing.”

    “I watched a lot of Glory as a kid,” he said, referencing the 1989 Denzel Washington film, before before adding that he thought his co-stars spoke so highly of his crying abilities “because I am a dude and I do cry.” 

    To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

    And his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe agreed: “Ladies and gentlemen, he is a man and he does cry” 

    Brown also revealed the unusual film that makes him choke up: “The Incredibles gets me.”

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    Metz — who wore a wore a custom Kate Spade New York  blue chiffon gown with rosette detailing — also added that while she didn’t plan on crying during Sunday’s SAG Awards, “You never know when the emotion strikes you. Someone could say something and I’ll start crying.”

    The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8 pm ET. PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly and TNT’s live red carpet show starting at 5:30 p.m. on PeopleTV — found on your favorite streaming devices.


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    Get your tissues ready — the cast of This Is Us is going to make you tear up again, no acting required.

    Mackenzie Hancsicsak, who plays a 10-year-old version of Chrissy Metz‘s character Kate Pearson on the NBC hit, revealed on Twitter that she and others in the show’s kid ensemble wouldn’t have been able to attend the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards if it weren’t for their adult costars.

    “Just want 2 thank Miss @ChrissyMetz again 4 very graciously & selflessly giving up her plus one so I could attend the SAG awards,” she revealed. “Some of the kid ensemble didn’t appear in enough episodes 2 qualify, but when the adults found out, they stepped up & offered their plus one. Thank U!”

    Hancsicsak also shared a number of photos of the red carpet, including a group shot of Metz with the three young versions of the Pearson siblings, including Lonnie Chavis and Parker Bates.

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    Justin Hartley had two mini-mes, bringing the teenage actor of his character, Logan Shroyer, with him to the show. Meanwhile Susan Kelechi was joined by Parker Bates, who plays 10-year-old Kevin Pearson.

    Adding to the mix, Mandy Moore brought Jermel Nakia (Young William) as her date.

    RELATED VIDEO: Go Behind-the-Scenes with PeopleTV to the Exclusive SAG Awards Afterparty!

    To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.

    The This Is Us cast won the award on Sunday night for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series. Joined by the entire cast on stage, Milo Ventimiglia thanked the popular show’s cast and crew, giving a special shout-out to helpers on set and creator Dan Fogelman.

    “We are just a small collection of a lot of very talented and very hardworking people who work on this show,” said Ventimiglia, who plays patriarch Jack Pearson on the tearjerker series. “Without Dan and our talented writers, we would not have words to say.”

    “The people who watch with us every Tuesday night and embrace this show that reflects positivity and hope and inclusion, we love you,” added the 40-year-old actor. “Thank you very much.”

    RELATED PHOTOS: See the Standout Outfits from the SAG Awards 2018

    This Is Us earned a total of two nominations and wins this year — including for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series for Sterling K. Brown.

    The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on both TNT and TBS.