Susan Kelechi Watson stars as Beth Pearson in the award-winning and critically acclaimed hit NBC drama "This Is Us."
Watson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the Critics' Choice Awards, as well as for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the , and NAACP Image Awards. The cast earned two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Watson will executive produce and star in the highly anticipated HBO special "Between the World and Me," based on the bestselling book and Apollo Theatre stage play of the same title, all by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watson was instrumental in bringing this award-winning piece of material to the screen, helping to cast an ensemble that includes Mahershala Ali, Yara Shahidi, Kendrick Sampson, Janet Mock, Angela Davis, Alicia Garza and Oprah Winfrey. "Between the World and Me" is scheduled to premiere in November
Watson's first foray into producing was for the film "Premature," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and debuted on IFC in early
Watson starred opposite Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys in the Marielle Heller-directed film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
She has appeared in numerous television series, including three seasons of HBO's "Louie" as the title character's ex-wife, Janet. She also had recurring roles in the NBC drama "The Blacklist" as well as the HBO series "Divorce." Additional television credits include "Billions," "Veep," "Limitless," "Blue Bloods," "Happyish," "Third Watch," "NCIS" and "The Following."
Watson's film credits include period drama "Peter and John," starring Jacqueline Bisset, and the indie "Small, Beautifully Moving Parts."
She currently serves on the board of Drama Club, an organization that uses theater to mentor incarcerated youths in New York City. Started in , Drama Club's mission is to provide theater and positive mentor relationships to youth throughout each step of their journey through the criminal justice system. Watson is also a proud Epic NEXT youth development mentor with the Epic Theatre Ensemble, a professional theater company with a mission to promote vital civic discourse and social change through drama.
This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson on season 5, how Beth will handle Randall
This Is Us ended season 4 with a horrific showdown between brothers Kevin and Randall Pearson. Viewers could see it coming the writers warned us it was coming but you know who else saw big trouble brewing? Beth Pearson.
Randall's endearing, no-nonsense wife and glue of his family (played by Susan Kelechi Watson) has been rather intuitive when it comes to family drama over the last four seasons, and that was most recently evidenced in the finale, when she ushered some Pearson family members out of the room so Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) could blow off some sibling-rivalry steam. (Alas, that confrontation turned far colder and meaner than anyone, even the brothers, could have guessed.)
"You have to let people clear the air in the way that they need to," says Watson, who spoke to EW as part of a 92nd Street Y virtual conversation this summer. "You can't always just be trying to keep the peace. Sometimes being a peacemaker means some drama has to go down to really make peace and not just try to keep peace. Beth knows her husband. She knows he can't let things go. And she knows that the relationship between him and Kevin has always been a little fragile. You have to know when to step back and let them work that out."
While Watson stands by her onscreen man, she believes he crossed the line in guilting his mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), into entering that Alzheimer's study, even though she recognizes that it was borne out of his fear of losing another parent. "[Beth] feels like he overstepped some, but she knows that that's what he does, that's kind of his nature," says Watson. "That's what he does. So I would say if I was on a side, I'm always going to be on Randall's side. But do I think that he necessarily did the right thing? Maybe not this time."
And seeing these two brothers calmly and deliberately dismantle each other was painful. "I mean, that was rough," she says. "I remember watching it as an audience member and thinking like, 'Wow.' And I had people texting me, like, 'Man! They gonna come back from this? I was like, Whoa.'"
How will Beth handle Randall (whom she already helped into therapy) and that sibling rift in the coming episodes? "It's between them and I'm a little bit on the periphery of it, but you have to let the cards fall where they fall," she notes. "If you went there, you have to let the dust settle. Maybe that was stuff that has been building up forever that they've been dancing around, and they haven't been able to have a full relationship because of that. So there's the heaviness to it. But also if that's always been there, maybe it had to be said at some point. I'm sure they said it way worse, you know what I mean? I'm sure they look back on it and are like, 'I didn't mean to say it like that.' But if it was there, it's the root of a deeper problem.'"
The premiere's present-day story centers on the Big Three turning 40, and, as previously teased in a flash-forward, Randall is celebrating on his own, without Kevin, Kate (Chrissy Metz), or Rebecca at the family cabin. "Because it is their big birthday, it's not going to be anything small," she says, "but the sad part of it is that it won't be together."
Season 5 also will show "what's happening with the girls as they're getting older and trying to fit in, what's happening with Tess [Eris Baker] and what's happening with Deja [Lyric Ross], and Annie [Faithe Herman] trying to find her voice, where she wants to go, where she wants to be," says Watson. "I feel like there's a lot of Pearson family stuff coming up, and growing pains are happening we're dealing with that." As for Beth herself? The new episodes will "explore her career more," says Watson. "Beth has moved into this big realm with her dance career. We had that [deep-future] flash-forward of this beautiful dance studio. So, [we'll see] how she progressively gets there."
That drive is something that Watson worked to instill in Beth during the character-building process. "People, a lot of times, can associate a person with a character," she says. "And I find myself really trying to distance me from Beth. So I think people would be surprised at how much I use the experiences of other women that I've heard throughout the years to create Beth. Me not being a mom, me not being married, but hearing what people desire, still, as a married woman with kids, the dreams they still desire, the way they still desire to be seen and heard that never was lost on me. People want to be seen not just as the wife and mother, they want to be seen as the woman that they are, and they still have dreams and they still have goals and they don't feel like a complete person all the time, just because they're the wife and the mom. They want to be a whole person first I wanted to make sure that she was the type of woman who fought for that."
Beth, along with the rest of the Pearsons, will find herself in season 5 tackling the two biggest issues facing our country in the pandemic and the racial reckoning. And it looks like that she will again act as a rock of support. (In the latest trailer, after the family is seen watching Black Lives Matter protests on TV, Beth comforts Randall: "The world is a resilient place. This pain is not forever. Nothing is forever. Except us.") Watson is looking forward to seeing the show which has tackled myriad issues of race and identity in previous seasons rise to the challenge of addressing the Black Lives Matter movement and our uncertain time. "Our show is so good at being honest about where we all are at in our lives," she says. "I feel like because that's just part of who we are. That stuff finds itself in there and addresses it in the best ways. What I'm proud of with this show is that we've been addressing a lot of these Black Lives Matter issues along the way anyway, so the way it's coming at us now is in a whole new way, which as a Black woman is blowing my mind it's painful and yet I'm happy for the change that are happening. But I do believe that we've been showing an honest testimony of who we are. We've been bringing it to people in ways that they haven't seen on television before, and also have shown what the struggle is as a Black child, compared to being a white child. My hope is that [the show] attacks it in an even stronger way directly related to the Black Lives Matter thing. That's something that I'm very passionate about."
Series creator Dan Fogelman says the writers have found a way to incorporate these real world issues into the series in a way that enhances its endgame but does not alter its master plan. But with only two seasons of Pearson drama and mystery left to unspool, is there a dream scene that Watson would love to act in before family time is over? There is and involves her onscreen husband. "I would love an episode where Beth and Randall really try to have a date night or try to really connect and keep missing each other maybe, but then eventually find each other in like the most unusual way," she says. "I would love to see what it is like when you're in the throes of everyday life and you're really trying to go back to that original connection, and how they would navigate that. I want to see them get to be more passionate and just explore their connection more, even in the midst of what's going on with them job-wise, what's going on with them in new career horizons, with raising kids. I love getting into their core connection. What would be a night where they don't talk about any of that stuff? What would that sound like? I don't even know."
Before you join her in wondering what that date night might look like, Watson leaves you with a hint about Beth for season 5: "She's trying to figure out how to say and do it right."
The two-hour This Is Us season 5 premiere airs Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Metz also dropped hints about the new season, as did Chris Sullivan. And you might want to hear what Milo Ventimiglia had to say.
This Is Us
NBC’s beloved era-hopping drama tells the story of the Pearson family through the years.
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Beth is intelligent and funny. She is a dependable wife and mother that Randall calls his "Rock." When Randall learns William, his biological father, is dying, the family takes him in. Beth is a confidante, caretaker, and good friend to William in his final months.
Beth is largely defined by her elegance, grace, refined, and poise qualities that she has had since she was a young ballet dancer and that she developed as she aged and rose up from her working-class beginnings to her current upper-middle-class lifestyle. This is best demonstrated in the way she speaks; she mainly speaks in a soft and tender voice, even when overcome with great anger she still endeavors to maintain a gentle, composed, and eloquent tone. This is likely a personality trait she acquired from her mother.
Beth experiences a blow to her confidence when she loses the job she had for twelve years. At around this same time, Randall announces that he is running for office in William's old home district. She interviews for similar positions, but she gets teary-eyed as she tries to discuss her background. She does some soul-searching.
Her mother calls and says she's bruised her hip, so Beth and cousin Zoe go to see her mother in DC. On this trip, she has a tough confrontation with her mother and a tearful admission to her father's old chair in the living room. She realizes she needs to get back to her childhood dreams of being a dancer. She needs to reclaim the person her late father called "our little island girl, who danced before she could walk."
Beth, originally Bethany Clarke, studied ballet at a gifted school. It costs a lot and there are four other children in their house, but the policeman Abe Clarke and high school principal Carol make it work to support their daughter's dream.
In Beth's late teens, the competition at dance school has increased. Abe reveals he has lung cancer and dies not long after. Carol had a tough talk with Beth after his passing. She told Beth to she had to be practical and give up her dance dreams. Carol informs Beth that they need to save money. Carol explains to Beth that it's time for her to move on from dance and focus on school.
She couldn't afford to have her daughter starving in NYC trying to make it at something that just wasn't meant to be. Carol explains that she's trying to protect Beth. She's afraid that Beth will get hurt. Carol believes that this is the only way to protect her youngest daughter. She would go to a regular high school to graduate from and find a college to go to. While checking out colleges, Beth fills out a name tag. The first one she writes says "Bethany." Then she crumples it up and writes a new one that says "Beth."
As she turns to meet other people, she has a chance encounter with seventeen-year-old Randall Pearson, who she ends up dating and marrying.
Randall has known his wife, Beth for seventeen years. They met in college. They purchased their home just prior to his promotion to partner in his firm.
- Abraham Clarke - Father (Deceased)
- Carol Clarke - Mother
- Randall Pearson - Husband
- Deja Pearson - Adopted Daughter
- Tess Pearson - Daughter
- Annie Pearson - Daughter
- Lisa Clarke - Older Sister
- Isaiah Clarke - Older Brother
- Renée Clarke - Older Sister
- Zoe Baker - Cousin
As a child Beth wanted to be a professional ballerina in New York City. After her father died from lung cancer Beth had to quit dance because Carol couldn't afford it anymore and she didn't want Beth to get hurt. Beth moves on from dance and focuses on school. Beth eventually opens up her own dance studio. Because of the COVID pandemic Beth is forced to close her dance studio indefinitely. Beth then has to once again move on from dance and look for a new job.
Notes and Trivia
- Her father Abraham Clarke died from lung cancer when she wasn't prepared for it.
- She considers her cousin Zoe Baker to be her younger sister and the two are very close.
- Carol forced Beth to quit dance after Abe died because she was trying to protect her.
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