Could there come a time when Beth and Randall meet Deja’s mother?
I probably can’t say too much about that. (Laughs.)
Beth mentions in this episode that her three sisters and her mother are “very opinionated.” How much backstory have you gotten on that, and have you filled in the blanks with your own ideas?
It’s been a little bit of both, because the writers are starting to tell me what they’re throwing around about Beth’s family. I also fill in the blanks with my own imagination and sometimes, I get to talk to them when I think [there are things] culturally she’s probably experienced and the order in the midst of three girls. Beth is probably second to last or somewhere in the middle. They’ve started to discuss it, which is exciting, because all that stuff helps me to discover who she is even more and why she is who she is. With the Big Three, Mandy [Moore] and Milo [Ventimiglia], we get to see, literally, on the screen what they’ve been through and why they are where they are now. For me, what I find out about Beth helps me in the same way, though we may not see it onscreen. Who knows, they may do it one day.
We learned early on that Beth is an urban planner, but we haven’t seen her at the office, in work mode or with co-workers. Is that coming?
Yeah, I can actually say that’s coming! (Laughs.) Coming soon. We’ll see her with blueprints and all that kind of stuff, see what Beth does outside of the house.
Lastly, it’s revealed that Kate is pregnant. What was your reaction to that twist?
I think it’s just beautiful. It was one of the those things that was left out of the script when we first got it. But it was such a lovely moment. When I finally did get to read the script for that scene, I could just imagine Chrissy [Metz]. Imagine the little smile that she gives and that feeling of being so deeply content with knowing that there’s a little KaToby? (Laughs.) A little Toby-Kate? I don’t know how to mush that together, but there’s a little one inside of her. [Editor’s note: A few minutes later, Watson -- in the middle of answering another question -- settles on Kate and Toby’s combined name, “Tate! We got it!”]
Since Kate and Rebecca aren’t close, will Beth be a support system for Kate during her pregnancy, as someone who’s gone through it?
I’m up for any reason that Beth and Kate can be closer. I keep pitching that: Can they be best friends? Hopefully, that’ll be written that somehow Kate and Beth connect over that.
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This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.