This Is Us - Episode 2.09 - Number Two - Promo, Sneak Peeks, Promotional Photos, Interviews & Press Release By Nirat Anop (November 21, 2017, 4:22 am)
This is Us
Interviews + Aftershow
Speaking of Milo, this is the first time you shared a scene with him. What was that like?
It was really great because that was one of the most difficult scenes of the episode emotionally. There were so many things Kevin was doing in that scene. He was seeing his old coach for the first time. He was getting an award he that didn't think he deserved. He was afraid to go up there and sort of say thank you. But then he was moved to the point of doing something completely different and explaining to these people, "Let me teach you a lesson. Don't be like me. Don't think for one second that anything that I've ever done is worth this. Be better." So he is trying to salvage something from this and he is in this drunken, drugged state. Then he sees his father. He is hallucinating, for God's sake. His father is saying these powerful things to him. He's switching in out and from knowing that his father isn't there to thinking that it really his father, and then he hugs his father. There are so many things going on.
I've always said that the only bad thing about my character on this show is that I don't get to work with Milo, because I adore him so much. I just took that. I was listening to the dialogue and to the speech and getting in my moment and then I looked up and I saw Milo. I got emotional. It was really easy for me to go there because I was finally getting to work with Milo. I thought it was beautifully done. It wasn't a trick, like, "How do we get these two to work together?" I think it was just great storytelling.
At the end, it seems like he finally wants to ask for help from Randall (Sterling K. Brown), but he’s met with another family tragedy in Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) miscarriage.
And how interesting is that that Kevin and Randall have this very difficult relationship [but] he actually goes back to get help from Randall? How close Kate and Kevin are, it’s interesting that he goes to Randall. He doesn’t have his dad, and I think if his dad was there he’d obviously go to him, but he knows Randall will be there for him. But when he gets there, it’s like, “This is not about you, man. We can’t do this right now.” So he is self-aware enough to realize there’s a bigger story here — which is also kind of heartbreaking, as well, because he needs help right now, and he’s not really in a position to get it. It’s tough.
When [creator] Dan Fogelman pitched you this story of Kevin’s downward spiral, what first intrigued you or intimidated you?
As an actor, I was intrigued, because anytime you can sink your teeth into something like that, selfishly as an actor you’re like, “Yes! Bring it on! Let’s do this! This is going to be great!” The intimidating part I would say was that this story we’re telling is something that affects so many people. It’s a very real problem. I personally have; I have family members or friends that have suffered from this. When I took a little bit of a pause, I was like, “We need to make sure we tell an honest story and not just tell this quick, little ‘Oh, let’s do this fun, little thing with Kevin and his drug problem!’ This is a real serious issue.” So that probably would have been [what intimidated me], but then our show is always like that. So, pretty typical of This Is Us, isn’t it?