Because the season has progressed, increasingly info has been shared about Miguel. Solely lately have viewers develop into aware of when and the way Jack’s finest pal and Rebecca reconnect after almost a decade of silence following Jack’s demise, and Miguel’s final identify, up till this level a thriller, was lastly revealed. With the primary half of the season winding down, Huertas appears forward at what awaits the Pearson household — from Jack’s funeral to Miguel and Rebecca’s courtship.
What scene or episode from the season to date has been essentially the most highly effective so that you can expertise as a viewer?
The final scene within the first episode of the season, when Rebecca pulls up in entrance of the home, there’s no dialogue, there are not any different actors in it — we felt precisely what she was feeling. To me, it was a very highly effective efficiency and a second that if you happen to’ve skilled grief like that, you imagine that Rebecca was going by means of the identical grief. Mandy [Moore]’s performances are at all times nice; she’s tremendous devoted to the craft. It’s at all times stunning to those who she is so good as a result of individuals nonetheless affiliate her together with her pop profession. However earlier than she was a singer, she was additionally performing and doing theater — lots of people simply don’t notice it. From our conversations, she’s technically at all times been an actor first, singer second. However she is certainly dialing in her efficiency and actually moving into Rebecca’s pores and skin deeper and deeper each single episode.
How do you assume viewers’ perceptions of Miguel will change by the tip of season two?
(Laughs.) I believe individuals’s reactions to Miguel are a very pure response. It’s identical to every other household who experiences a stepmother or a stepfather. There’s at all times a resistance as a result of he isn’t their father, and with Miguel being Jack’s finest pal, they already knew this man. Most likely with the youngsters, there was a way of betrayal, like, “Mother, how may you be with Dad’s pal and your pal?” The viewers had an analogous response. Once I was within the Air Pressure, we might say, “If one thing occurred to me, please care for my different, as a result of I belief you. You’re my finest pal” or “You’re like a brother to me.” Finally, the best way we inform the story, individuals will hopefully get a way of that and say, “Wow, I wouldn’t need Jack’s spouse to be with anyone else,” as a result of there was a sure love that Jack and Miguel shared. Hopefully, we’ll see these scenes. That’s the problem as an actor — I’ll get the phrases, Mandy will get the phrases, the youngsters will get the phrases and we’ll see if we are able to really persuade the viewers. It’s all of our objectives as actors proper now to attempt to persuade the viewers that this can be a relationship all of them ought to root for — root for another way. The problem is what’s fascinating concerning the character. I like that individuals didn’t settle for him immediately as a result of now, I’m challenged to alter their minds.