Since my appearance on the show with Sterling K. Brown, I’ve heard from a LOT of fans of This is Us lately! Some of them are in a fan group on Facebook called This is Us and This is Us Fans, some of them are friends of my friends and friends of my family. Some of them have said that I made them cry. Some admitted to “almost crying” and some have been downright humbling.
Randall Learns of William’s connections. The mailman learns William is dead.
1. “You made me ugly cry!”
I’ve never heard this phrase before, but the words “ugly”, “tomato red” and “power cry” are some of the top things people have said about my performance. I’ve been lucky to make people laugh many times in my career. But this is only one of my few opportunities on screen to make someone cry. I was honored to hear many people say of my appearance in an all-around tear-jerker episode, “This was my first cry of the night.”
2. “I hope to see ‘the mailman’ again.”
I hope so, too. I swear that even if I was going to be on another episode, I couldn’t say anything about it without clearance of the social media marketing director for NBC. The only way that’s going to happen is if NBC hears from you and other fans.
Make your mailman happy! Write it on a postcard so he can read it, and send it “snail mail” to
Jennifer Salke, President | Stephen B. Burke CEO | Robert Greenblatt, Chairman
c/o NBCUniversal 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA – 90036.
You can also send to Dan Fogelman, the show’s creator at the same address.
3. “Emmy-Winning Performance!”
My scene was just a co-star, not a guest star performance, so I don’t think I can even be considered for this category, but I’m glad so many people think so. Even some top Hollywood casting directors have said so about this role. If that’s the case, how do I go about lobbying for the nominating committee? Do you know anybody on the nominating committee?
4. “I have a mailman like that.”
This unnamed character is for many people an everyman. He represents a mail-carrier, custodian, fireman, substitute teacher or passing acquaintance that has gotten to know them on a much deeper level. I’ve heard stories about mail carriers showing up at funerals and hospitals to pay last respects. I’ve also heard from some people that “the mailman” should have been at the “FUN”-eral. Many people have pointed out that only family was present at the celebration of William’s life. If it’s meant to be, you’ll see the mailman again. If not, his singular appearance will speak volumes.
5. “Going to have to talk to my mailman.”
I hear from so many people that they’ve realized they need to connect with the people who are in their lives everyday. They resolve to live fuller lives and get to know the most important people…the people who serve them every day. Do yourself a favor. If you decide to write in to the address above, give the letter to your mail carrier and tell them why you’re sending it.
Is there anything else you have to say to the mailman? Leave a comment or question below!