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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 4 of 9: When Toby seemed to be disconnected from his fatherly responsibilities, Kate was encouraged by her mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), to confront him. (Mother would know, having delivered that I-need-you-to-be-a-10 speech to Jack in the late-'80s.) That key scene in "A Hell of a Week, Part 3" tested both the character and the actress. “Anytime you push against something that you could potentially lose, it’s scary,” Metz says. “When she was pushing back and saying, ‘This isn’t enough for me and you’ve got to show up for our own son,’ there was a chance he wasn’t going to pull his own weight, and who knows. Because she has this idea in the back of her head that her father’s not there, maybe another man will leave her as well. And whether it’s self-induced or that she created or contributed to that, that is something that was really difficult to play it in a way that she was strong enough, but also trying to be sympathetic enough.” Metz also felt challenged by the story unspooling for Rebecca, who has been diagnosed with what is likely an early form of Alzheimer's. “I'm so grateful to play with Mandy and all of the unveiling of what Rebecca really is going through,” she says. “And especially because as soon as they're starting to find their footing, as far as a mother-daughter goes in a positive way, she feels like she's losing her. So it was really difficult. A lot of people reached out and talked about similar experiences and it's hard. It's heartbreaking.”

Chrissy Metz (Kate)

When Toby seemed to be disconnected from his fatherly responsibilities, Kate was encouraged by her mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), to confront him. (Mother would know, having delivered that I-need-you-to-be-a-10 speech to Jack in the late-'80s.) That key scene in "A Hell of a Week, Part 3" tested both the character and the actress. “Anytime you push against something that you could potentially lose, it’s scary,” Metz says. “When she was pushing back and saying, ‘This isn’t enough for me and you’ve got to show up for our own son,’ there was a chance he wasn’t going to pull his own weight, and who knows. Because she has this idea in the back of her head that her father’s not there, maybe another man will leave her as well. And whether it’s self-induced or that she created or contributed to that, that is something that was really difficult to play it in a way that she was strong enough, but also trying to be sympathetic enough.”

Metz also felt challenged by the story unspooling for Rebecca, who has been diagnosed with what is likely an early form of Alzheimer's. “I'm so grateful to play with Mandy and all of the unveiling of what Rebecca really is going through,” she says. “And especially because as soon as they're starting to find their footing, as far as a mother-daughter goes in a positive way, she feels like she's losing her. So it was really difficult. A lot of people reached out and talked about similar experiences and it's hard. It's heartbreaking.”

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