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‘This Is Us': Chrissy Metz Says Kate’s Pregnancy Leads to Twist You Haven’t Seen on Network TV

”Toby and Kate are going to have a bit of an unconventional parenting situation,“ NBC star says

(Warning: This post contains spoilers through last week’s episode of “This Is Us.”)

After “This Is Us” tormented fans with difficult IVF treatments and a devastating miscarriage, it seems Kate is finally having Toby’s baby. And though pregnancies are strictly joyous life events for some small-screen families, nothing is that easy for the Pearson family. Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, says she and Chris Sullivan (Toby) are about to show America something they have never seen before with this baby — at least on network TV.

“Toby and Kate are going to have a bit of an unconventional parenting situation,” Metz told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “Not unconventional in that people aren’t doing it, but not what I think either of them ever had in mind.”

Toby is struggling with depression, and Metz says this twist to Kate’s pregnancy storyline is going to be a tough one — not just for Kate on-screen, but for her personally.

“It’s going to be challenging for me as an actress, which I’m excited about — scared but excited,” Metz said. “It’s something I don’t think we’ve ever seen, at least not on network television.”

“This Is Us” showrunner Elizabeth Berger says Kate and Toby will have “very specific struggles” and “it’s not necessarily something that we’ve seen up close before.”

“But nothing about Kate and Toby’s journey thus far has been pretty conventional, and it’s going to continue to be something that they have to navigate very carefully,” Berger says. “We’re excited to share their journey. It’s a really specific one that we’ve been plotting out very carefully.”

“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.