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This Is Us stars reveal their most challenging scenes from season 4 to film

Entertainment Weekly Logo By Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly | Slide 3 of 9: After battling issues of depression, Kate’s husband faced hurdles in connecting his blind son, Jack. It was a story line that resonated with several of Sullivan's friends. “One of the harder things for them to talk about — both the mothers and the fathers, not all of them, but a good, good number of them — [was] that lack of immediate connection to their child that they either thought was going to be there, or everyone told them was going to be there, the fantasy fairytale version of it dictated as such,” he says. A harrowing-yet-bonding solo parenting moment with Jack in "The Cabin" proved the trickiest for Sullivan to film. "The Heimlich maneuver scene this last year was really far more traumatizing than I thought it would be,” he shares. “Of course we had, we had little Wells [Barnes] there — our actual baby Jack — but we also had this silicone doll that we were using. Because you certainly can't pound your palm on the back of a real baby over and over again. And that scene really hit me. One, I thought logistically it was going to be really difficult and we managed to pull it off and make it very convincing. But two, just the emotional panic of the whole thing was hard.”

Chris Sullivan (Toby)

After battling issues of depression, Kate’s husband faced hurdles in connecting his blind son, Jack. It was a story line that resonated with several of Sullivan's friends. “One of the harder things for them to talk about — both the mothers and the fathers, not all of them, but a good, good number of them — [was] that lack of immediate connection to their child that they either thought was going to be there, or everyone told them was going to be there, the fantasy fairytale version of it dictated as such,” he says. A harrowing-yet-bonding solo parenting moment with Jack in "The Cabin" proved the trickiest for Sullivan to film. "The Heimlich maneuver scene this last year was really far more traumatizing than I thought it would be,” he shares. “Of course we had, we had little Wells [Barnes] there — our actual baby Jack — but we also had this silicone doll that we were using. Because you certainly can't pound your palm on the back of a real baby over and over again. And that scene really hit me. One, I thought logistically it was going to be really difficult and we managed to pull it off and make it very convincing. But two, just the emotional panic of the whole thing was hard.”

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