It’s almost time for the final curtain This is us, and with it the many loose ends that creator Dan Fogelman has spun along the way. Fans recently learned that Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) are broken – just in time for Sophie to support Kevin as he moves from Los Angeles to a cabin in Pennsylvania to take care of his ailing mother Rebecca (Mandy Moore) to take care of.
The Kevin Sophie story almost didn’t come to its perfect conclusion because Breckenridge stars as Melinda “Mel” Monroe in the hugely popular Netflix series Virgin River. However, the real life filming schedules allowed us to see Kevin becoming mature enough to get the girl.
Breckenridge isn’t the only one Virgin River Star to juggle filming routes with the hit NBC show: Her occasional nemesis Doc Mullins (Tim Matheson) also made an appearance This is us in previous seasons.
Alexandra Breckenridge appears sporadically in all 6 seasons of This Is Us
We see many versions of Sophie on This is us because she and Kevin meet in her elementary school classroom. Viewers first see Breckenridge as the adult version of Sophie in season one’s “Three Sentences,” when Kevin shows up at his ex’s door to declare his love and tell her he wants her back.
Thus begins the saga that continues throughout each season of the show as Kevin begins to find his path and what he wants in life – as a role in his family, career and love life.
Breckenridge appears at least once in each season of This is usmost recently in Season 6 at Kate and Philip’s engagement party and then at the wedding where she and Kevin get back together forever.
Whether you’re excited about the Kevin-Sophie love story or skeptical about the plot holes, Breckenridge has retired from filming Virgin River long enough to put a final stamp on the plot Fogelman envisioned.
Tim Matheson plays Rebecca’s father on This Is Us season 4 onwards
Actor Tim Matheson would also have had to juggle multiple filming schedules to perform Virgin River and This is us, although his role as Dave Malone, Rebecca Pearson’s father, was smaller than the role of Sophie. Matheson portrays the wealthy opposite of Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) – making his character easy to hate for his efforts to stop Jack from dating his daughter in Season 4.
Matheson only appears in two episodes in season 4, and then briefly again for one episode in season 5. We see Jack and Dave eventually develop a troubled but semi-peaceful relationship in season 6 during a Thanksgiving episode when Dave advises Jack To let Rebecca and her mother Janet (Elizabeth Perkins) fight over sugar cake.
Matheson is best known for his roles as Eric “Otter” Stratton in National Lampoon’s Animal House and Vice President John Hoynes in The western wing. The now 74-year-old actor has perfected the somewhat lovable, sometimes hated curmudgeon with recurring roles Hard by Dixie and now Virgin River.
Matheson and Breckenridge will appear on Season 4 of Virgin River in July
With only one episode left This is us, we probably won’t see Matheson on screen again, although his character’s spirit is alive when Rebecca talks about her father taking her on train rides when he had to work on Sundays. However, he and Breckenridge will reprise their roles as Doc Mullins and Mel when Virgin River Season 4 starts July 20, says Netflix.
According to TV Line, the streaming giant has ordered at least one more season of the hit series. That means Breckenridge and Matheson might not have to say goodbye to their characters anytime soon.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/this-is-us-alexandra-breckenridge-not-only-virgin-river-star-appear-series.html/ Alexandra Breckenridge wasn’t the only Virgin River star to appear on the show