This Is Us star addresses Randall's birth mother plot

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
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Photo credit: NBC Universal

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The latest episode of family drama This Is Us finally awarded Sterling K Brown's Randall Pearson some much-needed closure.

After recently learning that his late birth mother Laurel had not died in childbirth, as he'd previously thought, his attention turned to why she never attempted to locate him as a child.

In this week's episode 'Birth Mother', Randall discovered that her overdose after giving birth to him resulted in five years of jail time for drug possession.

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Photo credit: NBC Universal

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Although she obviously walked free in the end, a heavy sense of shame lingered over Laurel, and she decided to leave her son alone.

Speaking to TVLine to discuss this revelation, Brown recalled: "When Dan [Fogelman, series creator] first pitched that his mom is still alive, my first thought is, 'Alright, are we jumping the shark? Are we still maintaining the integrity of this whole thing?'

"He was like, 'She's not alive, but what happened was we thought that she OD'd, but she didn't.' I was like, 'OK. So then how come she hasn't come to see me? If she's been alive and she had this child, then why did she not make her presence known in my life?' and then they answered that question."

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Photo credit: NBC Universal

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Reflecting on the plot's "spiritual overtones", the award-winning actor continued: "That moment of release for Randall, and the idea that he had this encounter with his mom in the lake – we're not an overtly religious show, but it has spiritual overtones.

"And Randall primarily is a man of science, right? And not so much a man of faith. But this instance, because he lives with anxiety and whatnot, and I do believe to a certain extent beyond just the chemical level, it's hard for anxiety and faith to exist in the same space.

"So for him to have this recognition that this woman actually loved me, that I was the product of two people who loved me but circumstances conspired in such a way that they weren't able to share their love with me in a direct manner? I'm okay with that."

This Is Us airs on NBC in the US, while Amazon Prime Video carries the show in the UK.

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