Justin Hartley directs This is Us
Credit: Image: Jeff Lipsky/NBC

Young and Restless alum directs episode of TV, stars in new movie & honors former co-star.

As Soaps.com’s readers likely know, Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman, The Young and the Restless; Fox Crane, Passions) stars in the NBC drama This is Us. After four seasons and a Critic’s Choice Award nomination for playing Kevin Pearson, the actor went behind the camera to make his series directorial debut in the February 11 episode titled A Hell of a Week: Part Three. The episode was the third in the series focusing solely on one of the three Pearson siblings, a.k.a. The Big Three. Tuesday’s episode centered on Hartley’s character’s twin sister Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz) who dealt with a troubled boyfriend as a teenager, a rocky marriage as an adult and her relationship with her mother throughout. Though this was his first outing as a director for This is Us, Hartley helmed a 2011 episode of Smallville, the series in which he played Oliver Queen a.k.a. The Green Arrow.

Justin Hartley directs This is Us' Hell of a Week episode

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In the video below, Mandy Moore, who plays Hartley’s mother Rebecca Pearson on This is Us, said, “Justin is one of my favorite directors we’ve ever had on the series.” She further praised him by saying, “He knows the show so well in such a specific way. The observations he has are so keen and I think that’s because of who he is as an actor.” As for Hartley, he said, “It’s a different perspective to direct. It’s reaffirmed how talented our cast is. They’re really incredible.”

In addition to starring in and directing This is Us, Hartley recently appeared in the movies Jexi, Little and Another Time. He will soon be seen in the thriller, The Hunt, also starring Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Betty Gilpin (GLOW). Despite all his success outside of daytime, Hartley hasn’t forgotten his roots, as he recently attended and spoke at Eric Braeden’s Y&R 40th anniversary celebration.


Video: This is Us/YouTube