Jennifer Morrison has made an enormous impression a few episodes into This Is Us as Cassidy, the veteran who is trying to get both her life and addiction on track. The fact that the NBC series even scored the Once Upon a Time alum is a big get in itself — she doesn’t have to rush into any new acting gigs after playing Emma Swan for so many years. Not only that, but she’s also gotten increasingly into directing. There were other opportunities out there, but this is a role that she really wanted. Not only that, but this is a role that she auditioned in order to get!
Speaking via Entertainment Weekly, Morrison detailed the process of landing this role, which is similar to how the majority of non-star actors end up going through and getting their parts week in and week out:
By the way, this was not something that was just like offered to me. I had to fight for this. I love the show. I’m a fan of the show, and I’ve heard that there was a great guest arc coming for a strong female and [creator] Dan Fogelman auditions everybody. Everybody auditions for the show. My team came to me and they were like, “Is this something that you would want enough that you’d be willing to read for?” And I said, “Uhhh, yeah!”
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This is a part that won’t be going away anytime soon, either, so there is a chance that you will be seeing a good bit more of Cassidy around Kevin and Nicky in particular. Morrison did not say one way or another if this character is the mother of Kevin’s son as seen in the flash-forward, but she does already know that he’s comfortable around kids — he worked in order to befriend her son while she was in her meeting on last night’s new episode. She’s someone who may find some kinship with him in that both are struggling with addiction; yet, in the end we think that the two are going to have their fair share of ups and downs. They will challenge each other, and we know that Kevin in particular is into challenges right now. Hence, him deciding to be there for Nicky rather than leaping into another acting job — something that he could’ve done easily.
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