This is sweet. The NBC drama This is Us has received acclaim from audiences and critics alike, and a lot of it has to to with the show’s extremely talented cast. When the show was nominated for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series at this year’s SAG Awards, the youngest members of the cast, playing the kid versions of the “Big Three” and the other kids in the extended Pearson clan, weren’t invited to the ceremony. Fortunately for these young actors, some of their adult counterparts took them as their “plus one” Sunday Night. This is Us of course took home Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, beating out such tough competitors as The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale and last year’s winner, Stranger Things.
Mackenzie Hancsicsak, who plays 10-year-old Kate, Chrissy Metz’s character, showed her appreciation to her “date” on Twitter.
Just want 2 thank Miss @ChrissyMetz again 4 very graciously & selflessly giving up her plus one so I could attend the SAG awards. Some of the kid ensemble didn’t appear in enough episodes 2 qualify, but when the adults found out, they stepped up & offered their plus one. Thank U! pic.twitter.com/P3DJ58CClU
— Mackenzie Hancsicsak (@MHancsicsak) January 22, 2018
Mackenzie is adorable, and she shared tweets and Instagram posts throughout the evening. I adore her because she is the fangirl I would be at an awards ceremony. She was thrilled to meet Stranger Things stars Caleb McLoughlin and Millie Bobby Brown. She even got a chance to snap a pic with Allison Janney. I am so jealous. In a cute Instagram pic, she posed with an award and confessed, “I almost fainted when they said our name.”
Mackenzie wasn’t the only This is Us kid at the SAGs. Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin, brought along Logan Shorter, who plays teen Kevin. Susan Kelechi Watson, who plays Beth, brought Justin’s 10-year-old counterpart, Parker Bates. Mandy Moore, who plays Pearson matriarch Rebecca, brought along Jermel Nakia, who plays young William. The adorable Lonnie Chavis, who plays 10-year-old Randall, Hannah Zeile, who plays teen Kate and the actresses who play Randall’s daughters, Eris Baker (Tess) and Faithe Herman (Annie) were also in attendance.
Not only did the ensemble cast pick up a victory, the wonderful Sterling K. Brown also took home the prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series. As if anyone else deserved that. While accepting the best series award, Milo Ventimiglia gave a shout-out to the show’s fans and creator, Dan Fogelman. He said, “We are just a small collection of a lot of very talented and very hardworking people who work on this show. Without Dan and our talented writers, we would not have words to say.” He went on to add, “The people who watch with us every Tuesday night and embrace this show that reflects positivity and hope and inclusion, we love you.”
While the young plus ones were a coordinated effort by the adult cast, what wasn’t set up in advance was the wardrobe choices made by the shows actresses. Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, and Susan Kelechi Watson all wore the royal blue gowns, as if it was planned, but according to Mandy, it was merely a wild coincidence.
Mandy posted a photo with Chrissy and Susan on on Instagram noting that their matching gown colors were a coincidence.
Oh and this was NOT planned. The Pearson ladies all showed in the same shade of blue by pure coincidence. I love my fearless, gorgeous, wildly talented sisters, @susankelechiwatson and @chrissymetz and couldn’t have been more honored to have matched them last night. Celebrating with our whooooooooole cast was pure magic. And a special shoutout to our patriarch and the best tv hubby and friend a lady could ever have, @miloanthonyventimiglia for speaking so eloquently on our behalf.
If you’re a fan of the show, you know Jack’s inevitable demise can’t be too far off. Director Ken Olin promised that a lot of loose ends are soon to be cleared up – and you just might want to stock up on Kleenex in advance. On Monday, he tweeted that the episode that aired last night, as well as the next two – one of which airs after the Super Bowl, “are going to answer all your questions… and pretty much break all your hearts.” Uh-oh.
Everyone get ready for the next 3 episodes of @NBCThisisUs. Tomorrow night. Sunday night after the Super Bowl. And the following Tuesday night, February 6th. They are going to answer all your questions… and pretty much break all your hearts.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) January 23, 2018
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