Phylicia Rashad Joins Cast of ‘This is Us’ as Beth’s Mom

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If you thought the cast of NBC’s This is Us couldn’t get any better, think again because Phylicia Rashad just joined the show’s talented team as Beth Pearson’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) mother.

NBC announced on Tuesday (Jan. 9) that Rashad will play the role of Carol, and will debut later this season as the show dives into Beth’s back story.

Watson recently shared details about the upcoming episode that will begin to cover her backstory.

“We had conversations with them telling the direction we were going in, what Beth was like in the past and what’s going to happen for her in the future, that type of thing. We have a really great new writer Eboni Freeman, [who is] the main writer on it, and some of it is her story, very personal to her. They found a way to create this really beautiful backstory, and a beginning of a resolution of Beth starting to get back on her footing again. And then we have some amazing surprises in it. It’s going to be a really powerful episode.”

This is Us returns in one week, so get ready!