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The Big Three—Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown)—were very defined characters on This Is Us. They each had qualities you could identify with; that's why they were so interesting to watch. Whether it was Kate's journey to body acceptance, Kevin's battle with addiction, or Randall's issues with anxiety, This Is Us presented unapologetically human stories—and because of that, fans often saw themselves reflected on the show.
But what about the actors? Did they ever see themselves represented on the series—particularly when it comes to the Big Three? NBC Insider asked several of the cast members which member of the Big Three they most identify with, and their answers may surprise you. Read on.
The Big Three character he most identifies with: Randall
The Big Three character she most identifies with: Kevin and Kate
Why: "I really think that there’s a lot of similarities in Kevin and Kate. He’s been judged purely by the way he looks and just being a handsome guy—and not really for who he is and for who maybe he wants to be. So [Kate and Kevin], they’re opposite but absolutely the same."
The Big Three character he most identifies with: Kevin
Why: "The one thing that Kevin has always been doing is vying for his mother’s attention and affection, 'cause he felt like he wasn’t getting that attention like Randall was and like Kate was. And so that’s what I did as a kid with my own mother. In fact, I excelled in football, and I thought I wanted to be a professional football player. Then, I became an actor. I thought if I excelled in football, if I’m really good at football, my mom would want to come see me play football, and she’d be so proud of me. And if I'm an actor and I am working, if I get any sort of recognition or notoriety or just a career, then my mom will like me and appreciate me and love me and want to support me. I see Kevin doing the same things that I did. I’ve always felt that about Kevin's character.
The Big Three character she most identifies with: Kevin
Why: Always, from day one, I've told Justin I identify with his character. There is something in what he struggles with and the things that he goes through and the way that he lives his life. I don't know what it is. I can't say it's the same for me at all, but there is something about his journey that really resonates with me.
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