This Is Us is coming back, and sooner than you would believe.
But while viewers count down to September 24, one of the stars is teasing that fans are in for a wild ride.
Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby Damon, has revealed that no matter what viewers expect, they’re going to get a huge surprise.
In an interview with People Now, Chris Sullivan is opening up about what fans can expect from Season 4 of the hit NBC series.
"The places where this season goes, I think they’ve said it all …" Chris acknowledges.
He is referring to the key art for the season, which reads: "If you think you know what’s coming next, you don’t know Us."
"it is completely unexpected," Chris adds.
"Wherever you think we are going," he promises. "We are going in a completely different direction,”
Chris shares that he is amazed by the ongoing story of the highly watched drama.
“The way the stories are unfolding is pretty amazing," Chris gushes.
He praises: "Our writers and Dan Fogelman have done a pretty amazing job."
Writing is not as easy as some people assume, even when you have an entire team working on the same project.
"Over four seasons," he notes, the writers have been truly exceptional at "keeping people surprised."
Chris was then asked which scene of the famously emotionally manipulative TV series was most challenging for him to shoot.
He reveals that it was the breakdown scene.
"On that day," Chris shares. "We were shooting two different crews, so the people who normally shoot with us were gone."
"So," he explains. "It was a cameraman I had never met, a sound guy I had never met."
Some people find it easier to emote in front of strangers, but that was not Chris’ experience.
"It hurts," he reveals.
"It was like being surrounded by strangers," Chris explains.
"Like alright," he elaborates. "Well there goes the kind of comfort level or the safety factor."
Actors who intend to be convincing need to tap into their own feelings in order to draw in the viewers.
You can’t fake a few sobs and rub your eyes and call it a day.
We certainly hope that producers were sure to not repeat that mistake in the future.
Fogelman has also recently spoken about the upcoming season.
"We’re roughly in the middle of where the television series is going to go," he explains.
"We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons," he shares.
Some of the greatest shows in history lasted into the double digits. But then, so did The Big Bang Theory.
"Snd so," Fogelman reasons. "We have a very direct plan."
"I have script pages I have written," Fogelman continues.
"And," he adds. "I’m writing that really deep, deep, deep into the future."
"We have a plan for what we’re going to do," Fogelman assures the world. "And I know what the plan is."
That is very reassuring to a lot of fans.
Some TV shows have a solid first season but it gradually becomes apparent that there was never a long-term plan.
That’s how you get Gossip Girl‘s absurd finale reveal. That’s how you get Lost. Show’s with a plan can stay good until the very end.