We did not know that This is us“Philip very long … but the way he looked at Kate in Tuesday’s season premiere told us one lot about the hitherto reserved Brit. That said, Chris Geere gives a preview of the new cast that even though a flash-forward in season 5 showed us that Kate and Phillip will eventually get married, there will be no whirlwind romance between the two. Instead, Geere says, there will be a “slow build-up” from colleagues to life partners.
And that makes sense, given how Kate is much married – to Toby – at the present time in history. That’s why the romance between Chrissy Metz’s character and Geeres’ is a slow build because the storytelling in the show is so specific and so detailed that they do not have to answer questions right away, “Geere tells TVLine. “But there is – I always thought Philip was always a pretty icy character, but when you meet him this season, he starts to thaw a bit. And there are those moments when it comes to connection.”
In fact, we saw one of them in the premiere. Kate hurried to school for an “emergency” (which was really a ploy to bring her in so students could see her on her birthday), and inadvertently overheard a quarrel between Phillip and his soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Jessica. His main complaint: She’s boring. Before she left, an angry Jessica mentioned a previous trauma that Phillip may or may not be hiding behind. (Read a complete summary of the premiere.)
Not long after that exchange, the moment came when Phillip sees Kate – who is moved by the children’s interpretation of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” – without her noticing. “I like that she was so in touch with her emotions,” Geere says. “And I think my character has been very closed, emotionally.”
Well, Philip is British, right? “Yes I am presumed to be cordoned off, emotionally, ”says Geere and laughs. “It’s hopefully scary and charming at the same time. But yeah, I think it’s going to take a while.” – With reporting by Diane Gordon