‘This Is Us’ Season 5 Episode 8 ‘In The Room’ Full Cast List: Meet Abhi Sinha, Katie Sarife and rest of the actors
Intertwining a set of beautiful family stories, ‘This Is Us’ is all set to head towards a new path. From Big Three to Little Three, the new episode ‘In The Room’ marks a new beginning for the Pearson siblings as three babies enter the show.
Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Madison (Caitlin Thompson) welcome twins together — after struggling through a devastating night and a lonely hospital visit — and it turns out to be a blessing in disguise. At the same time, Kate (Chrissy Metz) has an adorable daughter named Hailey Damon, thanks to the ‘single’ mother Ellie.
But, it's the new pair — the Indian man and his Argentinian girlfriend — introduced in the first scene that will stump you. Not just them, Toby Damon (Chris Sullivan) meets an old man named Arlo and the two strike a friendship in the parking lot — one, while waiting for his newborn and the other, waiting to find out if his wife will live or die.
If you are wondering who are the new actors in the episode, we have got you covered.
Abhi Sinha as Nasir
Born on February 20, 1990, in Mumbai, India, Abhi Sinha plays the role of the mathematical whiz Nasir Ahmed in ‘This Is Us’. Raised in Pittsburgh, he attended the Shadyside Academy and was also known for his hockey skills and talent as a saxophonist.
After his graduation, an interest in acting brought him to the world of glitz and glam. Abhi also shares his videos on YouTube and has over 21,000 followers on Instagram. Sharing a post from The Apartheid Museum he wrote, “I was able to experience the realities of racism that still exist even today. It really saddened me. Until the very end when I met these amazing kids, who brightened my day. They are proof that racism is not an innate behavior - it is learned.”
Katie Sarife as Esther
Born on July 1, 1996, Katie Sarife plays the role of Esther, an Argentinian girl who falls in love with Nasir Ahmed. Raised in McKinney, Texas, she is best known for her roles in horror movies and has over 100,000 followers on Instagram.
The actress is known for her roles in ‘Supernatural’, ‘Youth & Consequences’, ‘The Curse of the Fuentes Women’ and the horror film ‘Annabelle Comes Home’, directed by Gary Dauberman.
Michael O'Neill as Arlo
Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Michael O'Neill is known for his elaborate career stretching through three decades. The actor is known for his roles as senior law enforcement or military officers in shows like ‘The West Wing’, ‘Grey's Anatomy’ and ‘24’.
In a long Instagram post, he wrote, “We travel on faith. Faith that all the wonderful actors, and writers, and crew, and fans will find new homes, and stories that they want to become part of. But this one, this one in my 40 years as an actor, this one left its mark. It made us all better, more human, more willing to let people be who they are and celebrate them for it.”
Annie Funke as Ellie
Annie Funke was first introduced in Season 5 Episode 3 ‘Changes’. In the episode, Toby and Kate meet a new woman who tells them, “Got a strong feeling about you guys.” In another conversation, Toby tells Kate, “We're dealing with a single mother who could change her mind about us.”
The actress is known for her roles in ‘A Most Violent Year’ (2014), ‘The Intern’ (2015) and ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ (2016).
Griffin Dunne as Nicky
Born on June 8, 1955, Griffin Dune plays Nicholas Pearson aka Nicky who is Jack's younger brother estranged from Jack after they had a falling out during the Vietnam War.
The actor is known for his roles as Jack Goodman in ‘An American Werewolf in London’ (1981) and Paul Hackett in ‘After Hours’ (1985), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
The other actors in this episode are Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Sterling K Brown as Randall Pearson, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson, Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson, Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson, Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon, Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas and Caitlin Thompson as Madison.
Written by Vera Herbert and directed by Ken Olin, one of the most beautiful episodes on ‘This Is Us’ will finally put missing pieces of the puzzle back together.
‘This Is Us’ premiered on Tuesday at 9 pm ET on NBC after the mid-season winter break with Episode 5 titled ‘A Long Road Home’ and Episode 8 ‘In The Room’ will air on February 16, 2021, from 9 pm ET to 10 pm ET. Binge-watch Season 5 episodes on NBC.com and the NBC App. Not just that, you can stream old seasons on Amazon Prime too.