Tuesday’s episode of “This Is Us” was a roller-coaster for fans.
The first chapter of the “Big Three” trilogy series focused on Randall Pearson and his lifetime struggle with anxiety and mental health.
The episode, titled “Hell of a Week: Part One,” picked up where the show left off last week, with Sterling K. Brown’s character dealing with the aftermath of a terrifying home invasion.
Throughout the episode, fans witnessed flashbacks to Randall’s childhood in which he is scared of the dark and must deal with the pressure of taking care of the family after Jack’s death while he was in college.
In a new interview with People, Brown talked about his character and the meltdown he suffered on Tuesday’s episode.
“For Randall, this is a period of time in which things are mounting. The break-in and his mom’s health happening at the same time are a lot. It’s a lot,” he said.
“And then Rebecca asking him to keep that information to himself — recognizing that he has a brother and sister who could be of assistance but he’s asked to shoulder the burden by himself — unconsciously, I don’t think Rebecca intended for him to shoulder. When you think there is a perfect way to be and you find yourself falling short of that way, it’s depressing. I think Randall is sort of trying to struggle through that depression right now.”
The Emmy Award-winning actor also shared how he would handle the situation if he were in Randall’s position, getting candid about his time spent in therapy.
“Me, who attends therapy with regularity and has no shame in saying so, hopes that Randall is able to let go of whatever it is that’s keeping him from moving forward and recognize that there are benefits in talking to someone about what’s going on in your life.
“It’s nice to be able to take care of yourself when you need to. It’s nice to be able to have things that you can go to in a pinch that help to soothe you, but that shouldn’t mean that you can’t also explore help from a professional,” added Brown.
“Therapy doesn’t diminish you in any way. It can only expand your arsenal, your tools for living your best life.”
Check out more of Brown’s interview with People here.
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