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33 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About “This Is Us”

1) The series was originally titled 36. Creator Dan Fogelman changed it after pitching the project as a “show about us.”

2) Fogelman’s original script was for a feature-length film and focused on Jack and Rebecca having sextuplets.

3) The first trailer for This Is Us broke a Facebook record when it surpassed 50 million views within 11 days of its release.

4) In 2017, the series became the first network drama to be nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy Awards since 2011.

5) With his portrayal of Randall, Sterling K. Brown became the first African American actor to win both the Golden Globe and SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series.

6) In 2018, the show became the first network drama to win Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the SAG Awards since Grey’s Anatomy won in 2006.

7) Milo Ventimiglia helped inspire the role of Jack. After his initial audition, Fogelman changed the original character concept to help fit Ventimiglia.

8) Mandy Moore and Ventimiglia have known of each other’s work for a while. Ventimiglia first crossed paths with Moore at the premiere of A Walk to Remember in 2002.

9) In college, Susan Kelechi Watson received a $5,000 scholarship from Denzel Washington to go study Shakespeare at the University of Oxford.

10) Before booking the role, Chrissy Metz worked at the casting agency that represents Hannah Zeile, who plays teenage Kate. Metz remembered seeing Zeile’s headshots in the office.

11) Logan Shroyer, who plays teenage Kevin, auditioned once and booked the role the next day.

12) Before starring as Toby, Chris Sullivan voiced Geico’s now iconic Hump Day camel.

13) Ron Cephas Jones’s real-life daughter, Jasmine Cephas Jones, was the original Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds in Hamilton.

14) The character of Kate is based on Fogelman’s sister Deborah, who also struggled with her weight growing up. She’s even a consultant on the series.

15) Ventimiglia said a lot of his inspiration for Jack comes from his own father.

16) Kelechi Watson actually gets to choose some of what Beth wears on screen. She also has a big say in her hairstyles.

17) It takes the makeup department three and a half hours to apply the prosthetic makeup that transforms Moore into the older version of Rebecca.

18) The first time Metz saw Moore as the older version of Rebecca she started crying.

19) Ventimiglia did 223 push-ups while they were filming the scene where young Randall (Lonnie Chavis) is on Jack’s back.

20) The scene in Season 2 in which the Pearsons visit Kevin in therapy/rehab was actually filmed at Justin Hartley’s real-life wedding venue.

21) That scene is the longest scene This Is Us has filmed so far. The finished product is roughly 13 minutes long.

22) Ventimiglia is responsible for getting Sylvester Stallone to guest-star on the show. He played Stallone’s son in Rocky Balboa and called in a favor.

23) In order to film Ron Howard’s guest appearance in Season 2, production briefly moved to London to accommodate his filming schedule of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

24) Ventimiglia has earned the nickname “Papa” on set.

25) Ventimiglia even studied the entire call sheet for the series so he could learn everyone’s names on the cast and crew. He shows up to set on days when he’s not working just to hang out.

26) The entire cast has several group messages so they can stay up to date on each other’s lives. They also love sending funny GIFs back and forth.

27) Metz, Hartley, Kelechi Watson, and Moore brought the actors who play young Kate, young Kevin, teenage Kevin, and young William as their plus-ones to the 2018 SAG Awards. They wanted to make sure everyone was able to attend.

28) The Chavelle car that Jack drives on the show is actually Ventimiglia’s personal car.

29) Fogelman had an idea of how Jack was going to die from the beginning. When delivering his initial script to NBC he told them where the show was going because it was important for them to understand the arc of the characters.

30) When they filmed the big fire scenes for the Season 2 premiere and the post-Super Bowl episode, they filmed for three nights, an hour and a half outside of L.A. They used a fake name for the series on signs so crew members could find the set but no fans would.

31) The cast has known about the fire and how Jack died for a year and a half now. The code word for talking about it amongst the cast was “The Marble.”

32) Metz barely had enough money to pay for gas to get her to the audition for Kate. When she officially booked the role, she only had 81 cents left in her bank account.

33) And finally, Metz has an email from Fogelman’s producing partner framed on her wall at home. It reads, “Just curious, who got [the part of] Kate?” It stands as a reminder of a moment that changed her life dramatically.

37 Ways “Stranger Things” Would Be Different If It Were Set In 2018

1) First off, everyone would definitely be in a group text called “The Upside Down.”

2) Instead of playing Dungeons & Dragons, the boys would be sitting in Mike’s basement secretly binge-watching Game of Thrones.

3) The Hawkin’s A.V. Club would’ve been excited to get a super high-tech VR headset, not a new HAM radio.

4) Joyce and Hopper would be trying to avoid their old high school classmates on Facebook.

5) “Mornings are for a Starbucks flat white and contemplation.”

6) Google searches for “Are aliens real?” would’ve skyrocketed in Hawkins, probably to the point of alerting the government.

7) Eleven still would’ve stolen boxes of Eggo waffles, but also some Halo Top ice cream.

8) Lady Bird would be playing at the movie theater instead of All the Right Moves.

9) Joyce would be working at the local Walmart instead of at Melvald’s General Store.

10) Instead of giving Will an X-Men comic for winning their bike race, Dustin would give him a Runaways comic.

11) When looking for a disguise for Eleven, Dustin would’ve found an old Hermione wig in the basement.

12) Instead of loving the song “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, Jonathan and Will would’ve been jamming to “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man.

13) Also, Jonathan would’ve made Will a Spotify playlist as opposed to a mix tape of his favorite songs.

14) “Friends don’t break a snap streak. Ever.”

15) Chances are Steve and Nancy would’ve started dating because they matched on Tinder.

16) Barb’s parents would’ve fed Nancy and Steve Chick-fil-A instead of KFC.

17) Steve would tell Dustin that the secret to his hair is actually Kardashian Beauty Oil.

18) Also, Steve’s hair would have its own Twitter account: @StevesLusciousLocks.

19) Jonathan would have an amazing Instagram and definitely would’ve tried to save up money for a new iPhone with portrait mode.

20) All of Will’s drawings would’ve been on an iPad instead of pieces of paper.

21) Bob wouldn’t be carrying around a camcorder — he would just use his iPhone to make home movies.

22) Instead of dressing up as the Ghostbusters for Halloween, the boys would’ve dressed up as the Avengers.

23) Will would try to convince Joyce to see It rather than Poltergeist.

24) “I think it’s kinda cool. It’s like you have superpowers or something. Like Wonder Woman.”

25) Instead of reading Anne of Green Gables to Eleven, Hopper would’ve read her a passage from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

26) Kali and her friends would definitely be Snapchatting Eleven and all her cool powers.

27) Eleven would’ve had to explain to her Uber driver why she was traveling alone to visit her mom.

28) Dustin would’ve started an Instagram for Dart and posted some adorably strange photos.

29) Bob would’ve used his deep understanding of Google Maps to help him decipher Will’s map of the tunnels.

30) Nancy and Steve would’ve gotten a Facebook invite to the Halloween party instead of being handed a flyer in the school hallway.

31) Instead of having a poster of Blondie in her room, Nancy would have a poster of Kesha.

32) Billy and Max would’ve been the new kids from California that were so cool because they used to live next to a celebrity like Selena Gomez.

33) The boys would try to beat Max’s high score in HQ Trivia, not Dragon’s Lair.

34) Murray Bauman would run a successful government conspiracy blog from his home office. He would even have tape over his webcam.

35) Will would end up turning “Bob Newby Superhero” into a webcomic.

36) The Hawkins Lab technicians would be preordering a ton of Elon Musk’s new flamethrowers.

37) And finally, Eleven would be a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after becoming a viral internet sensation.