The This Is Us cast has received cast bonuses ahead of the debut of its sixth season.
According to Deadline, the group came together to fight for pay raises this summer. The raises come out to over seven figures.
Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan and Jon Huertas had to overcome resistance from 20th Television and NBC. Thankfully, This Is Us creator Dan Fogleman also backed the cast in their request, which pushed 20th Television and NBC to agree to a $2 million cash bonus each for the seven original cast members and $1 million bonus for Huertas, who became a regular in the second season after recurring in the first season.
Huertas’ bonus was of particular concern for the original cast members, who specifically requested parity for him so his bonus could match theirs. However, 20th Television and NBC didn’t agree. But to make up for the lack of parity, the original cast members decided to use some of their bonuses to bring Huertas up to parity alongside them. But Huertas ulimately declined their offer.
20th Television and NBC’s decision not to give Huertas his own $2 million becomes even more weird when Huertas’ directorial stint on This Is Us is taken into account.