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This Is Us’ Jon Huertas Talks Miguel’s Death, Rebecca’s ‘Decline’

His final destiny. This Is Us lastly revealed Miguel’s historical past within the Tuesday, May 3, episode, and actor Jon Huertas solely informed Us Weekly that “one of the most beautiful” scenes he’s ever filmed made the ultimate minimize. Plus, he teased what his ending means for Rebecca’s story.

“[It was] a long time coming, obviously, but yeah, I feel really proud of it,” Huertas, 52, informed Us, including that a few of his personal experiences impressed Miguel’s huge episode.

Dan [Fogelman, showrunner] asked me at the very beginning when they were breaking the script, breaking the story and figuring it out, he said, ‘Hey, can you come into the writer’s room and talk to everyone?’ I did and I definitely talked about a lot of the stuff that I dealt with growing up, and we tried to infuse as much of that into Miguel as we could,” Huertas recalled.

Grab Tissues! This Is Us’ Jon Huertas Talks Miguel’s Fate, Rebecca's Future

Jon Huertas as Miguel and Mandy Moore as Rebecca.
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The personal episode confirmed Miguel immigrating together with his household from Puerto Rico to the United States and utilizing the title Mike Rivers on a resume to attain a job.

The New York native added, “I know that I’ve had a hand in kind of creating who Miguel is over the years. We started out [and] the character was named Mike. He was just kind of a general best friend to Jack. And so, when … we switched [the name] to Miguel, we infused a lot of who I was — ethnically, personality-wise — into the character. So it’s nice to be able to continue that all the way to this episode.”

In addition to displaying his childhood, Tuesday’s This Is Us additionally adopted Miguel’s romance with Rebecca (Mandy Moore), beginning with how they reconnected over Facebook and ending together with his dying. The pair lost contact for a number of years after Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died and Miguel moved throughout the nation to be nearer to his kids.

“As a fan of Miguel and Rebecca, I wish their story could have started sooner,” Huertas admitted. “I wish that they were both ready sooner, but I think it makes sense. I think that Miguel had to go find himself and try to figure out what was really going on in his heart and in his mind and try to fix things with his son and figure out his career.”

Grab Tissues! This Is Us’ Jon Huertas Talks Miguel’s Fate, Rebecca's Future

Jon Huertas as Miguel and Mandy Moore as Rebecca.
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He added that Rebecca wanted the area too. Miguel left Pittsburgh a couple of year after Jack’s dying, and diving right into a relationship at that time wouldn’t have been the identical. “I think he needed to do that before he was actually ready for Rebecca — and I think Rebecca had to do the same thing,” the Castle alum defined. “She had to separate herself from kind of her past love, which is Jack in order to find new love. … I think [Miguel] reminded her of Jack a little bit or of her and Jack’s life together. So I think there needed to be that distance to see if the thing with Miguel was real.”

In between flashbacks to the beginnings of their friendship and their later romance in episode 15 of season 6, This Is Us confirmed their future. As Rebecca’s Alzheimer’s progresses, Miguel turns into her major caregiver, even dismissing the employed nurse in favor of serving to his spouse himself. However, as Miguel ages and suffers his personal heart-related well being issues, Kate (Chrissy Metz), Randall (Sterling Ok. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) step in to inform Miguel that he should settle for assist.

“It’s really daunting for someone to have to suddenly be the caregiver for an adult,” Huertas informed Us. “It takes a lot of their energy to support another human being and to forget about themselves. I think the people around them need to — which the Big Three have done for Miguel — they’ve really stepped up later in life. We have that great scene where the Big Three asks Miguel to please let them take care of him now. And I think that was just one of the most beautiful moments to film that I’ve ever been a part of. Looking into all three of their eyes as an actor was just — I felt like they were asking me, Jon, if they could take care of me and it was real. And I think that that should happen way more often in families.”

Miguel’s passing can be “tough” for the Pearsons, the actor hinted forward of the sequence finale. “It’s gonna be hard. And as we’ve seen it in a lot of stories that once two people who are older … once that life partner is taken away, there’s usually a pretty rapid decline. So we might see something like that with Rebecca moving forward.”

Though Miguel is useless, This Is Us followers know that doesn’t essentially imply that Huertas has taken his remaining bow. “A lot of people have died on our show, and we’ve seen them come back in. We have those devices in play to make that a possibility,” he teased. “So never say never.”

The remaining season of This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

Reporting by Christina Garibaldi

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