This Is Us' Susan Kelechi Watson on the Importance of Cracking Beth's 'Supportive Wife' Mold

TVGuide.com | 6/17/2019 | Megan Vick
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Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson) emerged as a fan-favorite character on NBC's This Is Us the moment fans saw her fake-smoking before having a verbal sparring match with her husband, Randall (Sterling K. Brown). From the beginning, she's been the rock in his corner, keeping the adopted member of the Big 3 going and helping him find the inner strength to pursue his dreams, whether it was reconnecting with his birth father, buying an apartment building, or running for office.

In Season 3, it was finally Beth's turn to fight for her own dreams, and Watson was suddenly flooded with a lot of new information about a character she had deftly managed for over two years. The fan clamor for more Beth led to a character showcase, an episode titled "Our Little Island Girl," that introduced fans — and Watson — to Beth's lifelong love of dance and how the loss of that dream set her life on a completely different course. The episode also saw Phylicia Rashad playing Beth's stern but resilient mother.

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While the first two seasons painted Beth as the perfect supportive wife, the show's third outing allowed Watson to explore Beth's backstory, find her cracks, and have her show up for herself rather than constantly rooting for Randall. Suddenly, the couple's infamous tête-à-têtes had a lot more bite, and Watson emerged as a powerhouse as she fought for Beth's autonomy in a seemingly perfect relationship struggling to keep itself together.

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TV Guide spoke with Watson about diving into the depths of Beth's character, making her as a fully realized person, and, of course, what it was like to go toe-to-toe with Rashad in her standout episode.

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