‘This Is Us’: Melanie Liburd Is ‘Really Excited’ for Beth-Centric Episode – and What It Means for Zoe’s Backstory (Video)

“They have such a wonderful relationship now. They’re like sisters,” NBC star tells TheWrap

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “This Is Us” through last Tuesday’s episode)

“This Is Us” fans were hit with more info about Zoe during last week’s installment than they’d learned in all the previous episode’s featuring Kevin’s new love interest — and Beth’s cousin — combined.

The latest hour of the Dan Fogelman-created NBC drama revealed that Zoe — played by recently-promoted Season 3 series regular, Melanie Liburd — was sexually abused by her father as a child.

Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) new girlfriend confided in him after a day of suffering through food poisoning during their trip to Vietnam. And that new fact about the mysterious free spirit, whom fans have come to love since she was introduced in the Season 2 finale, has many asking for more backstory.

Well, TheWrap sat down with Liburd last week to talk about just that, with the actress saying we should be learning more about Zoe during the upcoming Beth-centric episode, which will dive into Susan Kelechi Watson’s character’s origin story — and that means jumping into Zoe’s as well.

“Yes! Which is so exciting,” Liburd told TheWrap, in a recent interview (see it in the video above). “It’s coming up, actually. I think it’s [Episode] 313. So um, yeah, I’m really excited. Beth and Zoe grew up together, I think there’s a few years between them. So it would be amazing to see how Zoe came in after she was abandoned by her mum and then kind of see the children explore that and grow up together and grow to love each other.”

“How lovely,” she continued. “They have such a wonderful relationship now, They’re like sisters. And it would be so lovely just to do some more stuff with Susan and have some fun, ’cause I think they really have fun together.”

We’re only on Episode 308 now — which airs tonight — so it will be a little while till we hit the big one for Beth and Zoe, but tonight will offer plenty of Pearson family drama, as the group enjoys more than one Thanksgiving dinner.

Watch the full interview above.

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