This Is Us Season 2 Cast Promotion Kids

This Is Us: Seven Kid Actors Get Promotions Ahead of Season 2

The This Is Us family is sticking together in Season 2… and getting more screentime.

The NBC hit drama has promoted seven of its kid actors to series regulars for its upcoming sophomore season, according to our sister site Deadline. That includes five of the young actors who play the Big Three in flashbacks: Hannah Zeile (teenage Kate), Niles Fitch (teenage Randall), Logan Shroyer (teenage Kevin), Mackenzie Hancsicsak (young Kate) and Parker Bates (young Kevin). Plus, the girls who play Randall and Beth’s two daughters Annie and Tess — Faithe Herman and Eris Baker — will also be series regulars next season.

You may notice one name missing from that list: Lonnie Chavis, who plays young Randall, will still appear in Season 2, but he won’t be a series regular since he already holds that status on Showtime’s upcoming comedy White Famous, starring SNL alum Jay Pharaoh.

This news follows Wednesday’s announcement that Jon Huertas (Miguel) and Alexandra Breckenridge (Sophie) have been upped to series regulars for Season 2 as well. (Boy, it’s getting crowded in the Pearson house, isn’t it?) They’ll all be back when This Is Us returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

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23 Comments
  1. padraicjacob says:

    Is making them all regulars just a move to make sure they are available as needed? With guest and reoccurring stars, I know there can sometimes be scheduling issues.

    • Ben says:

      My guess is that’s probably what it is. Shame not to get young Randall sewn up as he is one of the best of them.

    • Carla Krae says:

      Probably at least in part. It’s also appropriate for the kids’ agents to negotiate this status based on the show’s success.

    • GG says:

      I think they def want to have first dibs. Don’t forget child labor laws limit how much minors can work. If young Randall is also committed to another series, that may be too much officially. CA law applies. I’m sure there are many more examples but I remember ‘Heroes’ having Hayden P. film scenes first since she was not yet 18 in the first season. Also a reason twins are used. Twice the available time per day.

  2. Dominique says:

    out of curiosity; are they not making lonnie chavis a regular because it’s not allowed, given his age? or is the network not allowing it? because daniel gillies was a regular on both saving hope and the originals at the same time

    • opus says:

      I’d love someone to give us the answer to your question, Dominique. Lonnie Chavis is amazing as young Randall and it seems unfair for him not to get “regular” status!!

    • FatherOctavian says:

      I don’t think it’s a rules thing; probably his availability is too limited to justify series regular status, sort of like Claire Holt on the later seasons of “The Originals”.

    • macontosh2000 says:

      This is most likely because Showtime doesn’t want to have to share one of its actors with a competing network.

      It could also be the actor (and guardians) choice. He is probably only 10(?) and because of child labor laws he can only work a few hours a day. Plus he still has school. So I think being a series regular on 2 different shows (on competing networks), plus school, and just being a kid would be too much for someone and they might have declined.

      Daniel Gilles is a adult so it was probably easier for him to be on 2 shows at once. And their had to be a negotiation between the networks to allow that or he filmed one while the other was on hiatus.

    • Master_K says:

      Saving Hope is a Canadian series, The Originals is American. He’s a Canadian-New Zealander.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    Good news the actors to play the kid and teenage versions of Kate, Kevin, and Randall will be back on the show next season.

  4. T. says:

    You’re a regular, you’re a regular, everybody is a regular !!!

  5. Butch says:

    Their budget must have gotten a considerable bump up. With so many regulars there will probably be many episode where the kids are just in a meal scene. I remember a quote from Ann Morgan Guilbert , Millie, on the Dick Van Dyke Show on why she turned down being a regular on that show. She said that if she were a regular they would feel obligated to use her in episodes where there was really nothing for her to do. She would end up having a line or two and walk out of the scene. She rather be recurring so that they would hire her when the character was necessary for the plot.

    • Derek says:

      In modern TV, regulars often are in as few as half of the episodes and they only get paid for the episodes they are in. The advantage for the actor is they are guaranteed a minimum of episodes they have to be compensated for (for a 22 episode season, that would be 13) and, for the studio, the upside is that they have the actors available whenever they need.

      • Butch says:

        OK but that doesn’t change my point. When you have a large cast of regulars it is difficult, if not impossible, to give each of them a significant part every time the appear. The show is paying them for x number of episodes so they would rather use them in a small part rather than pay them and not use them at all. The actor I mentioned didn’t want that, She only wanted to appear when she had a significant role to play. It may be what you said is also true, that shows make more people regulars so that the actors are available to them when needed. As mentioned in the article Lonnie Chavis, is not being made a regular because he is already a regular on another series.

  6. T.W.S.S. says:

    They really should have locked Lonnie down. I think that kid will be huge.

  7. Jim says:

    How many episodes is Season 2? Anybody know?