Ever since the award-winning NBC drama This Is Us hit TV screens two years ago, audiences have remained unshakably captivated by the series. The reason? Aside from its tense storyline and an ability to give its audience a dependable, cathartic cry each week, the show brings with it a certain authenticity, thanks in large part to its characters—specifically its female characters—and the actresses that bring them to life. Led by Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson, the show’s female cast has had a pop cultural influence that extends far beyond the small screen—which made the trio the perfect stars for our November cover.
Now in their third season of the hit series, Metz, Moore, and Watson have tackled a wide range of complex issues that deeply resonate with female viewers today. Metz’s character Kate Pearson, for instance, has grappled with fertility issues, undergoing IVF consultations and even experiencing a heartbreaking miscarriage in the show’s second season, while Moore’s Rebecca struggles with feelings of postpartum depression when she first brings her newborns home from the hospital. Susan Kelechi Watson’s performance as Beth Pearson in the show resonated so strongly with viewers that, when rumors of her character possibly being killed off began circulating, the Twitterverse nearly imploded. But, as Watson explains in her interview with Glamour, it’s the audience’s emotional attachment to her character that makes the story feel so important. “It’s always really cool as an actor to have a character that people want to see the best for,” she told Ramou Sarr. “To know that people are behind her, to know that people are rocking with her and get her.”
Rarely does a TV cast have such an impact, but these three women are definitively moving the needle forward when it comes to the stories being told on the small screen and the women who are able to tell them. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be on this journey with these two ladies,” Moore told Glamour of her two costars. “I stand in awe of their power as women and everything they bring to the table.”
Well, so do we.
Catch all three of our cover stars on This Is Us, Tuesdays on NBC.