10 Things You May Not Know About the Cast of "This Is Us"

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago

NBC's award-winning "This Is Us" is a true ensemble piece — and its ensemble members have enjoyed interesting turns to their careers. Check out these potential stumpers about the show's stars. — Tony Stasiek

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Chris Sullivan in This Is Us (2016)

Happier than a camel on Wednesday?

The past few years, you may have seen Chris Sullivan (Toby) in numerous high-profile television shows, including "The Knick," "The Americans," and "Stranger Things." But one of his most famous TV appearances didn't feature his face: In 2013, Sullivan was the voice of a camel who was totally stoked for Wednesdays in GEICO's popular "Hump Day" commercials.

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Chris Sullivan in This Is Us (2016)

'This is Not Necessarily Me'

Sullivan had a little help with his look on "This Is Us." He wore synthetic body padding to appear heavier throughout Season 1, according to co-star Susan Kelechi Watson in Us Weekly.

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Susan Kelechi Watson in This Is Us (2016)

More than friends

Speaking of Watson, who plays Beth, the actress also appeared on FX's "Louie" as the ex-wife of Louis C.K.'s character. The nature of that role was a surprise to Watson until after she was cast for it — she thought she would be playing a friend of the comedian, she said to Essence magazine in 2012.

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Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson in This Is Us (2016)

All in the family

Watson's husband on "This Is Us" is played by Sterling K. Brown, who is married to actress Ryan Michelle Bathe. Bathe also has appeared on "This Is Us" as Yvette, who interacts with a younger version of Brown's character, Randall.

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Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson in This Is Us (2016)

Coming full circle

There may be familiarity to Watson's and Brown's on-screen relationship, as well. They attended graduate school together at New York University.

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Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia in This Is Us (2016)

Stage to stage

Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack, is primarily known for his dramatic roles in shows such as "Gilmore Girls" and "Heroes." But some comedic chops may have rubbed off: He attended California's El Modena High School with Mikey Day of "Saturday Night Live."

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Milo Ventimiglia in This Is Us (2016)

Fortunate son

In addition to his TV roles, Ventimiglia also portrayed the son of Sylvester Stallone's title character in the 2006 film Rocky Balboa. Ventimiglia nabbed the role over Stallone's son Sage Stallone, who played it in Rocky V.

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Mandy Moore and Sam Trammell in This Is Us (2016)

Practice makes perfect

Ventimiglia's on-screen wife (Rebecca) is played by Mandy Moore, who first gained stardom as a pop singer in her early teens. Stardom didn't necessarily come overnight for Moore, however. Part of her schooling included time at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp, which also counts Bryce Dallas Howard, Natalie Portman, and Lea Michele as alumni.

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Chrissy Metz in This Is Us (2016)

Pass the mic

Moore isn't the only singer in the cast. Chrissy Metz sings in a band called Chrissy and the Vapors — not to be confused with the New Wave band The Vapors.

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Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Milana Vayntrub in This Is Us (2016)

Two in one

Justin Hartley, who plays the brother of Metz's Kate, holds the rare distinction of portraying two DC Comics heroes: Aquaman, in a 2006 pilot for The CW, and Green Arrow, in "Smallville" for the WB.