The episodes: “Jack Pearson’s Son” and “Memphis”
The scenes: It’s a tie between two moments chosen multiple times in this gallery: Kevin rushes to the aid of Randall — and Randall is by William’s side when he passes away. “I shot the scenes back-to-back,” notes Brown. “We [recently rewatched] William’s passing away, and I was like, ‘Whatever makeup that I was supposed to be looking cute in was all messed up,’ because tears were all over my face. And the other day, I was watching Justin and I in that scene, and both of them equally wrecks me. I can’t pick one over the other.”
Why these cries: We’ll start with the first. The brotherly connection — or reconnection — of Kevin and Randall in that office truly resonated with him. “To see two brothers that have had a very tumultuous past and were rivals in their youth for their mother’s affection, for their father’s affection, to see them be able to put that away in such a way that they can be present and there for one another — and in particular, Kevin being there for Randall — it moves me,” he says. “When I see the history of that relationship in the past, it breaks my heart, so [I love] the fact that Kevin comes to his brother’s aid and his brother readily falls into his chest.”
Make sure to catch season 2 of “This Is Us” when it premieres on NBC Tuesday, Sept, 26th 9/8c.