Here’s what makes the cast of This Is Us lose their cool about their show

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Photo Credit: This Is Us/NBC, Acquired From NBCUniversal Media Village /
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We’re not the only ones crying over the twists and turns of This Is Us. Even the cast struggles to control their emotions.

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It’s time to let everyone in on a little secret about This Is Us: Most every episode will make you feel things and/or cry with abandon. Oh, you knew? Yeah, so it’s not so much of a secret as much as it’s just a universal truth about the breakout hit NBC series. But the good news? The fans aren’t the only ones shedding tears over the Pearsons. The cast can’t hold it together either.

When Vulture caught up with the cast of This Is Us at the show’s Emmys For Your Consideration panel earlier this week, they made the cast admit to losing their cool at the hand of their own show. Because even when you read the scripts and film the scenes, watching back these realistic and honest human stories doesn’t make it any easier on your tear ducts. Vulture kindly questioned Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Denis O’Hare, and Gerald McRaney about the This Is Us scenes and moments that inspire the waterworks.

This Is Us patriarch and first-time Emmy nominee Milo Ventimiglia spoke about being motivated and reminded to live life to the fullest, which he credits to his role as Jack: “The show has made me feel things that other work that I’ve done haven’t — as well as it’s happening at a time where I feel more connected to my emotions just as a human being.”

Chrissy Metz, on the other hand, shares a strategy with her on-screen character Kate Pearson. Just as Kate prefers to watch Steelers games without company, Metz needs to watch This Is Us alone — because she ugly cries too much: “It’s not cute when I cry, and I really get into it. It’s layered because it’s such beautiful work, and then they’re my friends, and then there’s beautiful stories.”

Metz name checks Rebecca receiving the moon necklace from Jack, Kevin explaining his painting, and William’s death as the scenes that made her break down the most. No lies detected. As Metz plainly exclaims, “Enough of the torture!”

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 14: Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley speak onstage at FYC Panel Event for 20th Century Fox and NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ at Paramount Studios on August 14, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 14: Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley speak onstage at FYC Panel Event for 20th Century Fox and NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ at Paramount Studios on August 14, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) /

Meanwhile, Justin Hartley and Chris Sullivan each find the series gets the best of them even though they work on the show and have firsthand knowledge of the plot. But while Sullivan gives it his best shot to keep it down to a single tear, he can’t help but get choked up over Kevin running to Randall’s aid and Jack’s push-up scene with young Randall.

Guest stars Denis O’Hare and Gerald McRaney aren’t immune to the This Is Us feels either, as both Emmy-nominated actors share their experiences with the waterworks. O’Hare, who adopted an African-American son with his husband, relates to Randall’s storyline, while McRaney has given up on toughing it out. Dr. K jokes, “I’ve invested in Kleenex.” Smart move.

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We can cry easier now knowing that the cast of This Is Us lose all control of their emotions while watching their masterful work, too. We’re on this twisty, tear-jerking ride together, and as Rebecca says, our story is just getting started. Does it help that the cast cries as much as we do? Do you cry at the same scenes as the cast? Let us know in the comments, and keep the conversation going over on Twitter at @thisisuscrying!

This Is Us returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c on NBC.