Only two episodes into season four of This Is Us, things are already getting concerning between Kate and Toby as they raise their sight-impaired infant son, Jack, and stars Chrissy Metz and Chris Sullivan are opening up about the changes for their characters, and what is to come.
Not only are Kate and Toby new parents on the show, but Metz and Sullivan had to adapt to working with babies on-screen. “Once we got the hang of it, everything seemed to kind of fall into place. The babies that we’re working with are great, and they’re actually very easy,” Sullivan explained, before jokingly making a reference to Kate and Toby’s dog, Audio: “It’s easier than working with the puppy.”
Meanwhile Metz opened up about what Kate is going through as she and Toby deal with being new parents. “I think Kate doesn’t want to admit that … not that it was her fault in any regard, but that she feels responsible,” Metz said. “So, being that vulnerable with her husband and, of course, her mom — they have a layered past — she always feels like she’s a bit inadequate.”
Although, fans now know that Toby is secretly going to the gym behind his wife’s back and is noticeably slimming down, while Kate is turning to overeating.
“I don’t think that fans will necessarily expect the secrets that Toby was keeping and how that’ll affect their relationship and moving forward,” she teased.
“Trust really is intimacy. The physical stuff is great and wonderful, but real intimacy is trust and so there’s a bit of trust that’s broken in him keeping this weight loss and working out a secret. We’ll see how that evolves and unfolds with them,” Metz added.
Meanwhile, Sullivan, said his character’s previous heart attack and depression, and hints: “As of right now, it seems like Toby’s figured out where his priorities are, and his priorities are staying alive as long as possible for his son.”
“As we’re coming into the fourth season, it becomes a real conversation about what we do with the time that we have,” he says. “I think the thing that Toby has learned up until episode two is that we don’t have that much time.”