This Is Us just got a little more interesting!

It has just been confirmed that Entertainment Tonight has reported that Emmy and Tony award-winning actress, Phylicia Rashad has joined the cast of This Is Us.

Rashad will play Susan Kelechi Watson’s (Beth) mother on the show. Kelechi Watson took it to Instagram to share her excitement on the news.

Their connection is close off-screen as well. Both Rashad and Kelechi Watson are graduates of Howard University. In addition to that, Phylicia handpicked Susan to study Shakespeare abroad in London.

This Is Us returns to NBC on Tuesday, January 15th at 9PM EST.

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