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Season 4 of This Is Us is already shaping up to be an important one for Chris Sullivan’s character, Toby Damon. While coping with the news that his newborn son, Jack, is visually impaired, Toby has been secretly heading to the gym and losing weight. This is after years of struggling with his health and having a heart attack in season one of the series.

At the end of a teaser for episode 3 of season 4, we see Toby take off his shirt in front of his wife, Kate, who is shocked to see her husband’s toned figure. Like Kate, fans of the show were equally surprised. “Seeing Toby in that next week episode all jacked and even I went holy crap,” one fan tweeted.”Toby??????? In the best way possible, WOW!” another wrote.

While it might be a huge transformation for Toby, it’s important to remember that Chris wore a “fat suit” in the first few seasons of the show. The revelation that Chris was using a costume for his role sparked immediate backlash back in 2017. Many This Is Us fans thought the show should’ve chosen a different actor for the part instead of relying on a costume and prosthetics to make Chris look bigger. Why? Some felt that “hiring someone to pretend to be overweight” doesn’t do “plus-size actors justice” and feels “disrespectful to the story This Is Us is trying to tell about one’s struggle with weight.”

Chris addresses the “fat-suit” controversy

In Chris’s opinion though, there are a lot of other things to be “outraged about these days” besides “an actor on a television show who may be wearing a costume that makes him larger than he is.”

“If I am not portraying Toby with a level of integrity or honesty — you disagree with , I would be happy to talk about that,” he previously said on the Today show. “But I think that regardless of the costumes that I wear, especially with Toby, I try to bring as much heart and honesty as I can.”

Way before Toby’s season 4 storyline came to be, Chrissy Metz revealed to Cosmopolitan that Chris had been “heavier” before and therefore “understands the plight of being overweight.”

“We tested a lot of gentlemen who were bigger, and I get it — people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by that,” she told the magazine. ” also he was just the best man for the job. And people wear prosthetics all the time — it’s just weight as opposed to, like, a nose or a chin … It’s just kind of the name of the game.”

Where Toby’s weight-loss storyline will go next in season 4

Looking ahead, This Is Us co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker made it clear to Entertainment Weekly that the show doesn’t intend on being “obsessive” about Toby’s weight loss.


“He’s a guy … who’s had significant mental health problems and struggled with clinical depression,” Isaac explained. “And now he’s faced with this massive curveball finding out his son is blind, and he’s found an outlet for himself for all that anxiety, for all of that pain, and that is at the CrossFit gym.”

But keeping his gym visits a secret from Kate, who has been overeating while caring for baby Jack, will likely lead to problems for the couple.

“ breastfeeding, she’s tending to an infant around the clock, she’s not at a place in her life where she is necessarily most suited to being on a strict diet or on a strict weight-loss plan,” Isaac noted. “But Toby has found this path that’s working for him, and because he doesn’t want to rub it in her face he’s making the choice to keep it a secret. That’s dangerous in any relationship, keeping secrets like that.”

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Chris Sullivan Addresses Fan Outrage Over Wearing a Fat Suit on This Is Us

This Is Us is one of the buzziest shows on TV right now, and it had fans talking for a not-so-great reason when it was revealed that actor Chris Sullivan wears a fat suit to play Toby on the show.

Sullivan addressed the controversy when he appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen Tuesday night, and he actually had a surprising response. “Well, I think one, that the show is just too good, they had to find something wrong with it. Two, I can understand why people feel fooled by things they see on TV,” he explained. “Three, I feel like we’re currently living in a culture where outrage is a bit of a hobby for some people, and if they’re not outraged about something, they’re totally bored.”

Chris Sullivan at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards.

The actor went on to say that the fat suit serves a practical purpose on This Is Us. “It’s a tool. It’s a costume that I put on,” he told Andy Cohen. “Logistically speaking, it allows me to travel back-and-forth in time when Toby was not as heavy as he is now, so there’s a lot of things that go into that.”

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Sullivan’s This Is Us co-star Chrissy Metz previously addressed the backlash on WWHL in February. See what she had to say, below.

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‘This Is Us’: Is Toby Dangerously Obsessed With His New Diet?

NBC’s drama series, This Is Us, is unique in its genre because it showcases an obese couple, Toby and Kate.

In a world were most TV characters are thin, it’s refreshing to see something new. But this season, a major plot point is Toby’s new diet. We’re all excited to see him get healthy, but some are concerned that Toby may be taking this new lifestyle too far.

Could this damage his relationship with Kate or be dangerous to his health? Let’s find out what people are saying about this season.

Chris Sullivan wore a fat suit to play Toby

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Weight concerns have always been a part of Toby and Kate’s relationship. They met at a weight-loss support group and bonded over calorie-counting. But since the birth of their new son, Jack, they’ve gone in different directions.

While Toby has focused on healthy living, Kate is back to overeating. However, Toby has a good reason for these changes. At the end of season three, Toby had a heart attack.

Fans predict that major weight loss may be in store for Toby, but if they’re basing this prediction on the actor that plays him, Chris Sullivan’s current body weight than they could be off track.

According to US Weekly, Sullivan actually wears a fat suit to play Toby. So when his character slims down, Sullivan won’t have to make any diet changes in his own life to continue playing him.

However, Sullivan does have previous experience with weight loss and understands what it’s like to struggle. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Sullivan’s co-star, Chrissy Metz who plays Kate, explained why he was the perfect actor for this role. “Chris has been heavier,” she said, “and I think he does understand the plight of being overweight.”

Toby and Kate’s relationship may be in trouble

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However, most fans are reacting to Toby’s recent obsession with his new diet and exercise program. The general consensus among fans is that they’re happy to see him get healthy but worry about his relationship with Kate because of the changes. The problem seems to be that Toby isn’t just losing weight, but last season, he was actively hiding his new routines from Kate.

Although it may seem strange that Toby would hide his healthy changes from his wife, co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker explained to Entertainment Weekly that it’s because he’s protecting her.

“ breastfeeding,” Aptaker said, “she’s tending to an infant around the clock, she’s not at a place in her life where she is necessarily most suited to being on a strict diet or on a strict weight-loss plan. But Toby has found this path that’s working for him, and because he doesn’t want to rub it in her face he’s making the choice to keep it a secret. That’s dangerous in any relationship, keeping secrets like that.”

This season, Kate saw Toby’s transformed body, and she isn’t happy about it. Most fans resented her for acting like that. One commenter explained it well on Reddit. “…Instead of being happy that her husband who almost died of a heart attack is taking responsibility to lose weight and be a healthy father,” they wrote, “she instead loathes him for it and in addition, goes back to overeating herself making her already obese and unhealthy self an even bigger risk of leaving her child without a mother.”

All the secrets and now drastic lifestyle changes and resentment, Toby and Kate have plenty of obstacles to tackle this season.

Is Toby’s new weight loss obsessive?

With all the new changes in Toby’s life, some were concerned that he may be taking things too far. However, Aptaker explained that the new lifestyle is actually really healthy, mentally and physically, for Toby.

“He’s a guy … who’s had significant mental health problems and struggled with clinical depression,” Aptaker told Entertainment Weekly. “And now he’s faced with this massive curveball finding out his son is blind, and he’s found an outlet for himself for all that anxiety, for all of that pain, and that is at the CrossFit gym.”

This Is Us doesn’t appear to be taking Toby in an obsessive direction. Instead, he’s moving towards a really healthy place. We just hope he doesn’t pay for that with his relationship.

Hollywood has been known to utilize prosthetics as part of movie (and TV) magic — but never has a prosthetic come under fire the way it has for Chris Sullivan, who is best known for wearing a fat suit playing Toby on This Is Us.

The actor, 36, plays the love interest to Chrissy Metz’s character Kate — and weight is a pivotal part of their storyline, as the two met in a support group for people struggling to lose weight, and much of the season 1 plot follows their journey to lose weight together.

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So, as you can imagine, there was significant backlash when it was revealed that he was in fact wearing a fat suit to play the lovable character on the hit NBC drama. Even Chrissy chimed in, defending her co-star and his casting.

“We tested a lot of gentlemen who were bigger, and I get it — people think the authenticity is kind of ruined by that,” she said on Watch What Happens Live. “But Chris has been heavier, so I think he understands the plight of being overweight. People wear prosthetics all the time — it’s just weight as opposed to, like, a nose or a chin. It’s just kind of the name of the game.”

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So what does Chris look like when he’s not playing Toby? Check out the pics in the gallery to find out!

‘This Is Us’ Chris Sullivan debuts shocking weight loss: is Chrissy Metz next?

Chris Sullivan showed shocking weight loss at the People’s Choice Awards after playing obese Toby on NBC’s “This Is Us.” Sullivan and co-star Chrissy Metz (Kate) portray a couple who meet at Overeaters Anonymous. This show covers their relationship bumps, food addiction, obesity, weight loss struggles, and body image issues. So how does Sullivan, who also stars in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” show a much thinner figure in real life? And is weight loss on the script for Metz too?

Chris Sullivan’s startling transformation

Weight loss eludes Toby on the popular “This Is Us” but not the real-life actor who plays him. Sullivan explains his remarkable change enigmatically: actors are chameleons, he says. An actor adapts his appearance to comply with the requirements of the role. Many performers have achieved big weight gain or loss for movies or TV shows. Jared Leto gained 60 pounds for a role, then lost all that plus another 40 pounds to play a transgender HIV patient in “Dallas Buyers Club,” and The Joker in “Suicide Squad.”

Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan lose weight differently

Not all celebrity slimdowns are similar.

Jamie Foxx, for example, isn’t overweight naturally: he’s gained and lost the same 40 pounds for different roles. Some get plastic surgery and then have to artificially “gain back” the weight. Chris Sullivan, who is much smaller in “Stranger Things” is said to wear a “fat suit” for “This Is Us.” Some actors require a total makeover like Melissa McCarthy. The “Mike and Molly” star completely overhauled herself, but her character didn’t.

She lost so much that she was too thin to play an obese woman, and the show was canceled.

Did Chris Sullivan, Chrissy Metz “have to” slim?

The premise of “This Is Us” showed how weight problems and body image issues impacted Toby and Kate, and their relationship. There was a rumor that Metz appeared at the Golden Globes in a wheelchair because she’d had bariatric surgery. That prompted folks to ask if show producers made her lose weight.

And no, dieting isn’t mandatory, but it is in the show trajectory, hinted Metz. The actress is looking forward to it as motivation to shed pounds. As their characters grow smaller, the celebrities who play them will, too.

What The Cast Of ‘This Is Us’ Looks Like In Real Life

Note: This story contains spoilers for seasons one and two of NBC’s “This Is Us.”

Since its debut in 2016, “This Is Us” has won over TV audiences and critics with both its tearful and hilarious moments. While the Pearson family certainly is unique in many ways, they are also incredibly relatable in others. The show has also turned a largely unknown cast into stars.

Let’s take a look at the talented cast of “This Is Us,” both on screen and in real life.

Character: Rebecca Pearson

Her aspirations of being a famous singer may not have come true, but Pearson family matriarch Rebecca has done a lot over the years to keep her relatives close. After the tragic death of her husband, Jack, Rebecca has to hold herself, and her three growing kids, together.

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Played By: Mandy Moore

Former pop star Mandy Moore has been building up her acting resume since the early 2000s. In “This Is Us,” she transforms herself from 20-something newlywed, to mom of triplets, to present-day grandmother, sometimes in a single episode. Hers is one of the most demanding roles in the show because she has to play Rebecca at all stages of her life.

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Character: Jack Pearson

How can you not love Jack? He overcame an abusive, alcoholic father and his own drinking issues (twice) to be the amazing family man we see up until his shocking death in season two. We’ll be interested to learn more about his mysterious relationship with his little brother next season.

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Played By: Milo Ventimiglia

Along with his co-star Moore, Milo Ventimiglia might have been the most well-known actor among the cast of “This Is Us” when the show debuted. Known for his work in “Gilmore Girls” and “Heroes,” Ventimiglia now plays the father every child wants.

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Character: Randall Pearson

Abandoned at birth only to find a loving, adoptive home with the Pearson family, Randall turns out to be a driven, kind and funny adult. He also seems to have taken more than a few notes from his father, Jack, on how to be a great husband to his wife, Beth, and father to his biological (and foster) daughters.

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Played By: Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown is arguably the breakout star of “This Is Us.” Previously known for “Army Wives” and his award-winning turn in “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” Brown has brought us to tears many, many times on “This Is Us,” especially in the scenes following his discovery of, and connection with, Randall’s biological father, William.

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Character: Randall Pearson (Teen)

When we see him as a teenager, Randall yearns to know more about his biological past and racial identity, while also excelling in school. With his options wide open, he’s unsure of where to go to college.

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Played By: Niles Fitch

Like his older counterpart Sterling K. Brown, Niles Fitch acted on “Army Wives.” He also had a recurring role on “Mistresses.” He also appeared in the stage version of “The Lion King” and told Young Broadway Actor News that he got started in the entertainment business by modeling for advertisements at the age of 4.

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Character: Kevin Pearson

His biceps and sense of humor somewhat make up for the fact that Kevin Pearson, a.k.a. “The Manny,” is often the hardest member of The Big Three to love. Kevin always seems to be making some sort of cringe-worthy decision, but we’ll continue to give him second (and third) chances.

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Played By: Justin Hartley

Soap opera and “Smallville” actor Justin Hartley has a tall order in humanizing a character who could have been a self-centered, needy, pretty boy. And when you hear Hartley talk in real life, he doesn’t seem at all like the narcissist his Pearson counterpart can be.

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Character: Kevin Pearson (Teen)

Teen Kevin is kind of full of himself, though the high school football star struggles with finding his new niche in life after suffering a knee injury. He also shares a budding romance with his childhood sweetheart, Sophie.

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Played By: Logan Shroyer

“Logan just came in and felt like a little star. He felt like that football player; he felt like he just had that golden boy persona that I think you need to have with Kevin,” the casting director of “This Is Us” told The Hollywood Reporter of the young actor. Shroyer told Vulture that he wears brown contacts in his scenes in order to match Justin Hartley’s eye color.

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Characters: Randall, Kate And Kevin Pearson (Kids)

The Big Three have their ups and downs as young siblings (especially Randall and Kevin), but ultimately stick together and keep their parents plenty busy.

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Played By: Lonnie Chavis, Mackenzie Hancsicsak And Parker Bates

Lonnie Chavis (Randall) had a scary incident happen to him in 2016, right before the show’s debut, when he narrowly escaped a kidnapping in New York! Meanwhile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak (Kate) got her start in local theatre, acting in her native Santa Clarita, California. Texas native Parker Bates (Kevin) got his start in commercials at the age of 6.

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Character: Toby Damon

Nice guy Toby is the king of the grand gesture and a loving companion for Kate who can almost always make her laugh. It will be interesting to see this usually upbeat guy go through what looks like a new bout of depression, as teased in the final moments of the second season finale.

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Played By: Chris Sullivan

Fun fact: Chris Sullivan actually wears a fat suit to play Toby. But we won’t hold it against him since he makes Toby such a lovable guy. You might have also seen Sullivan in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” where he played Taserface, or in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” where he played Benny in the first season.

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Character: Beth Pearson

Beth Pearson is a strong, patient and cool woman. She’s supported her husband, Randall, through two mental health breakdowns, his decision to quit his job, and his pursuit of becoming a foster parent. Not to mention she’s raising two young girls and holding down a full-time job while managing a low-income apartment complex (another one of Randall’s ideas). In short, she’s a saint.

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Played By: Susan Kelechi Watson

Before “This Is Us,” Susan Kelechi Watson played Louis C.K.’s ex-wife in FX’s “Louie,” and had smaller roles in network shows “The Blacklist” and “NCIS.” “This Is Us” has allowed her a much bigger spotlight as the often unflappable Beth Pearson. Did you know that when she was coming up, Watson had help from Denzel Washington and Phylicia Rashad?

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Character: William Hill

After his biological son, Randall, tracks him down and moves him in with his family, William is suddenly a big part of a whole new family. His cancer treatments, the dive into his past as a drug addict and, of course, his death, made us cry harder than we have in a long time.

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Played By: Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones brought some serious skills to the role of William and his background as a drug addict, bisexual, musician/poet.

The 61-year-old has been acting regularly in movies and TV since the 1990s, with roles in “He Got Game,” “Mr. Robot” and “Luke Cage.” He and Brown owe us several boxes of tissues after the ugly cries they caused us during the “This Is Us” episode “Memphis,” from the first season!

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Character: Tess Pearson

Young Tess, daughter of Randall and Beth, gets an accidental joy ride with her drunk uncle Kevin and had to adjust to having an older foster sister in the second season of “This Is Us.” She’s often seen on-screen with her little sister, Annie.

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Played By: Eris Baker

Eris Baker is a 12-year-old actor who has been working since she was 7. According to Essence, Baker got her start in a Target commercial and thought she totally messed up her audition for “This Is Us.”

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Character: Annie Pearson

Cutie pie Annie Pearson steals many a scene on “This Is Us” as the youngest child of Randall and Beth. But she didn’t prove to be a very good pet owner, based on the fate of her lizard, Mr. Giggles (RIP).

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Played By: Faithe Herman

Faithe Herman is at the start of her acting career but she already has her own Instagram and Twitter accounts. According to what her mother told Voice of TV, Faithe is the youngest of five siblings and she’s never taken acting classes—but she has studied ballet.

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Character: Miguel Rivas

Miguel is Jack Pearson’s best friend dating back to before he knew Rebecca. After Jack’s death, Rebecca reconnects with and marries Miguel.

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Played By: Jon Huertas

Jon Huertas was a regular on ABC’s “Castle” before his current role on “This Is Us.” He’s handled aging into the gray-haired version of his character well, as he’s only 41 years old in real life.

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Character: Deja

The enigmatic foster child of Randall and Beth has kept the couple on their toes since she was introduced. We got to know the most about Deja and her mom toward the end of the show’s second season. The “This Is Us” writers made it very difficult to go from sympathizing with the girl to watching her smash up Randall’s car in the final moments of the season.

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Played By: Lyric Ross

Lyric Ross beat out several other top contenders for the role of Deja. Off the screen, Ross sounds like a pretty normal kid from Illinois who apparently enjoys riding her bike, going fishing and playing video games.

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Character: Sophie

Sophie is Kevin Pearson’s childhood sweetheart and ex-wife. We’re still a bit bummed their second season reunion didn’t work out.

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Played By: Alexandra Breckenridge

Alexandra Breckenridge had to work around her pregnancy in the second season of “This Is Us.” She previously acted on “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story” and “True Blood.”

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Character: Dr. Nathan Katowski

Dr. K., as he’s known on the show, hands out wisdom and wisecracks along with medical care. His speech in the show’s first episode, about taking “the sourest lemon that life has to offer” and turning it “into something resembling lemonade,” helped show Jack that he and Rebecca were meant to adopt Randall.

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Played By: Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney has a long film and TV acting history, including more recent roles as a baddie on “Longmire” and a billionaire industrialist on “House of Cards.” Some of you may remember him from his role at the title character on “Major Dad” back in the early ’90s. There’s no question he won over “This Is Us” fans with his warm-hearted character.

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Character: Madison

When we first meet Madison, who’s being berated by Kate at an Overeater’s Anonymous meeting, the skinny, blonde character doesn’t come across as very likable. But after Kate accidentally hits Madison’s car, the two begin an unlikely friendship. Madison even became a member of Kate’s wedding party by the end of season 2.

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Played By: Caitlin Thompson

The actress who plays Madison is married in real life to “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman. She must just look like a Madison because Thompson actually played another character with that name in the reboot of the “90210” series.

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Character: William (Young)

Audiences have gotten a look at William’s life as a young man in flashback scenes on the show. Many of them are tear jerkers. Before he was a heroin addict who felt compelled to leave his newborn son at a fire station, William Hill was apparently a poet, musician and devoted son.

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Played By: Jermel Nakia

Jermel Nakia has said he carefully watched scenes with the older version of his character to pick up the nuances of his “old soul.” In real life, the actor loves to travel and wants to visit every African country.

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Character: Linda

Child protective services social worker Linda introduces Randall and Beth to the foster care system and matches them with Deja. She also appears in scenes with Deja and her mom before Deja comes to stay with the Pearson family. “Miss Linda” is both matter-of-fact and compassionate.

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Played By: Debra Jo Rupp

Best known as Eric’s mom Kitty from “That ’70s Show,” Debra Jo Rupp leaves the comedy behind for her social worker role on “This Is Us.” But Rupp probably enjoys it that way, as she has said she prefers acting on the stage versus the screen.

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Character: Kate Pearson

Kate Pearson has struggled with her weight her entire life—but she’s slowly come to realize it doesn’t have to define her. She’s recently found love with her new husband Toby and has a steadily improving relationship with her mom, Rebecca, whom she largely blames for her self-image issues.

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Played By: Chrissy Metz

Once partly resigned to being a talent scout and agent’s assistant, Chrissy Metz struggled to find jobs after a part on “American Horror Story,” before landing her biggest role on “This Is Us.” She’s since become one of America’s sweethearts, writing a book and constantly showing off her sharp sense of style.

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Character: Kate Pearson (Teen)

When we see her as a teenager, Kate loves singing, watching “Sex and the City” and her dog. Plus, she’s still daddy’s girl and takes Jack’s death particularly hard—even blaming herself for it.

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Played By: Hannah Zeile

Hannah Zeile used to be a client of Chrissy Metz’s back when Metz was a talent scout! And she can sing in real life.

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The show has clearly done a great job picking its cast! Which “This Is Us” character is your favorite?

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This Is Us star Chris Sullivan says that the show is ‘going in a direction no one expects’

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Toby Damon is no stranger to heartbreak, literal (heart attack) and figurative (break-up with Kate). And in the distant future — previewed once again in the season 3 finale of This Is Us — the over-demonstrative, ultra-devoted husband of Kate (Chrissy Metz) and father of their child, Jack (not Milo Ventimiglia), seems to be battling new trials, tribulations, and trauma.

Chris Sullivan’s character factored into the many mysteries of the sequence that were power-packed into the final minutes of the forward-looking episode: Battling depression again, a wedding ring-less Toby had willed himself out of bed after Randall (Sterling K. Brown) called and urged him to attend a family event. Wizard’s beard in tow, he showed up at Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) house, much to Randall’s relief, carrying a bag of sidewalk chalk, as requested. We should also mention that he showed up alone, and he told Randall that he had spoken to Jack and “they” were on the way, leading fans to wonder who the “they” are, if Kate and Toby are together in the future, and even (to the most alarmist of fans) if Kate is even alive. So, how worried should viewers be that Toby might not be married to Kate anymore?

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“Depends on what you want to worry about,” Sullivan quips to EW. “I’ve learned a lot of emotional lessons from Dan Fogelman’s writing staff about how to handle certain things so even through whatever they go through, we’ll learn something. I mean, it’s not going to be easy…. I know that the writers — more than any show I’ve heard of — they’ve had the end game of this show in mind for years, and have plotted out the next three seasons in great detail. But they haven’t shared with us because stuff will change and stuff will shift — and we all have big mouths on red carpets.”

Did Fogelman hint to Sullivan about the resolution of this story? “There have been several hints,” he says. “There were different options, actually. When Dan said it to me, he’s like, ‘We could do this or we could do this.’ He asked my opinion and I gave it. But either way it should be a cathartic ending…. As this show has proven time and time again, it takes those difficult moments in life and prints out a roadmap on how to navigate them — at least for these characters.”

Given that we’re asking questions and he’s artfully dodging them, let’s try a few more. What is the purpose of the sidewalk chalk? “I have no idea what that is,” he insists. “And I am not 100-percent certain anyone knows. It’s like, ‘Let’s have him bring it in and we’ll figure it out.’ When I asked Dan about it, he was like, ‘It could be a couple things.’ And then he left.” Why was Toby the one tasked with bringing the chalk to Kevin’s house? “Somebody asked him to bring it, so he just brought it,” Sullivan says with a smile. “It seems to be what he’s good at.”

Back in the present day, the season 3 finale brought some closure to the drama surrounding Baby Katoby: Toby and Kate returned home from the hospital — the neonatal intensive care unit, to be specific — with a healthy Jack, who was prevailing after the premature birth. “Everyone seems happy he’s out of the NICU, so that’s good news,” Sullivan says. “Baby Jack presents challenges in the relationship just as any new baby, new parents are trying to figure it out. They’re trying to navigate all kinds of new things. Obviously, the ghost of Jack is in the room now via the name for the rest of the series, and that will bring stuff up for Kate.”

The NICU story line, by the way, proved to contain Sullivan’s favorite scenes from season 3. “My wife and I had 13 babies brought into our life just last year through friends and family, five of those — two sets of twins and my nephew — were all in the NICU for an extended period of time,” says Sullivan, whose work this past season earned him his first Emmy nomination. “It was nice to be able to take those things that I’ve learned from friends and family and translate them to the screen. That type of thing is a hard conversation to have if you don’t have an episode of television to start that conversation.”

The conversation starts up again when This Is Us returns on Sept. 24, and cast members have been buzzing about an unconventional season premiere. (Brown uses words like “subversive” and disruptive.”) “This show is going bigger than it’s gone before — and it’s going in a direction that no one expects,” declares Sullivan. “When I read episode 1, I was like, ‘Wait! What is happening?’ The opening of season 4 is going to be very surprising.”

And here’s a final cryptic clue from Sullivan about Toby in the episodes to follow: “Well, I guess it had to come down to this.”

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Being a fan of This Is Us doesn’t just mean watching the show every Tuesday—it also involves a good bit of detective work. Now that we have an idea of how the series ends thanks to all the flash forwards, it’s just a matter of putting the pieces together to find out how the Pearsons get there. And after Tuesday’s episode, it’s making a lot more sense that Kate and Toby would split up sometime before those scenes from the future.

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Since baby Jack was born, things have been tough for them. Of course, this is totally expected—having a newborn, let alone a newborn with special needs, is going to test any relationship. But it seems to be especially difficult for Kate and Toby, with all the resentment being built up from Kate about Toby’s weight loss…and now, things are going even more downhill.

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Toby specifically asked Kate to wait to try to feed Jack his first solid food, because he’d already missed other milestones because of work. Then, Kate went to visit her neighbor and walking buddy, Gregory…and promptly let him feed Jack avocado, his official first solid food.

Toby doesn’t know that Gregory actually gave Jack avocado first, but there’s no way he won’t find out…and after all the tension that he and Kate have been dealing with already, it’s not going to be pretty. And is it just me, or is there chemistry there between Kate and Gregory? It’s not such a stretch to imagine that with a new baby at home and Toby getting fit without her, Kate could do something she might regret.

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Although Kate and Toby once seemed so solid, little by little, the cracks in their marriage are starting to show. It was shocking to think that he and Kate would split up in the future when the flash forward scenes first hinted that they weren’t together anymore, but now, it’s starting to make more sense that things would eventually fall apart.

Of course, there’s always that chance that the show is trying to mislead fans. Maybe Toby and Kate are together in the end, and it just doesn’t seem like it yet. But now, it looks more and more likely that having a child and Toby getting into shape is going to be what ultimately ends up ripping them apart.

It’s been a while since the show has hit us with a flash forward, so maybe one’s coming that will clear things up soon. At least baby Jack likes avocados, so we know that if nothing else, their kid has good taste.

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On 19-7-1980 Chris Sullivan was born in Foxborough, Massachusetts. He made his 3 million dollar fortune with This Is Us, Stranger Things and The Knick. The actor is married to Rachel Reichard, his starsign is Cancer and he is now 39 years of age.

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Where does Chris Sullivan live? And how much money does Chris Sullivan earn?

Birth Date 19-7-1980
Heritage/origin American
Ethnicity White
Religion – believes in God? Non-religious
Residence He owns a house in Los Angeles, California.

Chris Sullivan Net Worth, Salary, Cars & Houses

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Yearly Salary N/A SURPRISING: The 10 Best Salaries in Television!
Highest Grossing Movies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Live by Night & The Drop
Colleagues Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore & Sterling K. Brown



  • car – manufactured by Audi ($)

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Who is Chris Sullivan dating in 2020?

Relationship status Married (Since 2011)
Sexuality Straight
Current Wife of Chris Sullivan Rachel Reichard
Ex-girlfriends or ex-wives
Has any kids? No

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This friendly actor originating from Foxborough, Massachusetts has a muscular body & long face type.

Hair color Bald
Hairstyle afro
Beard or Mustache Beardless
Eye color Blue
Height 193 cm
Weight 90 kilo
Feet size N/A
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