Deja (Lyric Ross), left, and foster father Randall (Sterling K. Brown) slowly bond, despite some wariness, on NBC's 'This Is Us.'
Straight Up Hollywood podcast features a couple of firsts this week: The inaugural interview for This Is Us newcomer Lyric Ross and the opening concert on Grace VanderWaal's first tour.
TV reporter Bill Keveney (@billkev) opens the podcast discussing his interview with Ross, who plays 12-year-old foster child Deja on NBC's hit drama. Keveney talks about the Illinois eighth grader sweetly describing how her classmates now think she's famous.
He also relates how Susan Kelechi Watson, who plays Deja's foster mother, Beth, praised the young actress's brave decision to cut her hair in an emotional scene from the show.
Entertainment reporter Carly Mallenbaum (@ThatGirlCarly) got backstage access with 2016 America's Got Talent winner VanderWaal at L.A.'s legendary Troubador, the first stop on her Just the Beginning concert tour.
The 13-year-old ukulele player tells Mallenbaum about the excitement — and nerves — that accompany performing on stage, releasing an album and starting what looks to be a stellar career.
Grace VanderWaal kicks off her 'Just The Beginning' tour in West Hollywood on Sunday, Nov. 5.
Finally, Keveney talks about SMILF, the new Showtime comedy that announces another woman, Frankie Shaw, as Hollywood's latest multi-hyphenate: creator-writer-director-star.
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50 scenes from ‘This is Us’ Season 1 that will melt your heart
'This is Us' returns Sept. 26, 2017 with Season 2. To prepare for all the upcoming drama, laughs and tears, we've rounded up some of the most heartwarming pictures from Season 1, like this shot of young Rebecca and Jack.
Young parents Rebecca and Jack.
Jack is played by Milo Ventimiglia.
And Mandy Moore plays Rebecca.
Quality family time.
Ron Cephas Jones as William talking with Faithe Herman who plays Annie.
Gerald McRaney played Jack and Rebecca's trusty doctor, Dr. K.
Pooped out at the pool.
Sterling K. Brown plays Randall in the show and Susan Kelechi Watson plays his wife Beth.
Relationship goals to the max.
Any scene with Randall and his dad has us teary.
Randall and William doing the girls' hair? Our hearts are so full.
Like father, like son.
Only Jack and Rebecca can make laundromats look lovely.
Remember the washing machine meltdown?
Parker Bates plays 8 year old Kevin and Lonnie Chavis plays 8 year old Randall.
The big three all grown up.
The show is packed with emotion, both good and bad.
Chris Sullivan plays Toby, here he is helping out at Christmas.
Remember when Sloane (Milana Vayntrub) told her version of the story of Hanukkah? Kevin's reaction was classic.
Honestly, could we have cried more when Rebecca and Jack became Dr. K's family at Christmas?
Jesse (Denis O'Hare), William's ex-lover, caused quite a twist in the story's plot.
A LOT went down during the Christmas episode.
Another heartwarming moment. Randall putting in an effort to get to know Jesse.
Birthday time for the big three!
Another year, another birthday.
Remember when the kids didn't want to play child party games at their birthdays anymore? *tears up*
THE MARRIAGE FLASHBACKS.
Introducing the newlyweds!
More relationship goals.
We could look at Jack and Rebecca looking into each other's eyes all day.
Looks like things are about to get steamy...
William playing the keys in the "Memphis" episode.
The way Randall looks at his wife. *heart eye emoji*
Father and son bonding: part 1.
Father and son bonding: part 2.
And part 3. So sweet!
And here's Heather (Megan West) in the "What Now?" episode.
A more serious moment in the show.
That brother and sister love though!
Kevin and one of his many ladies during Season 1. Here he is with Sophie (Alex Breckenridge).
Here the pair are again.
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