‘This Is Us’: Who Is Phillip? Chris Geere Plays Kate’s New Love Interest in Season 6
Many This Is Us fans were floored when the season 5 finale revealed the role Phillip (Chris Geere) played in Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) future. Now, the NBC drama is gearing up for season 6, and some viewers might need a refresher on the new character. So who is Phillip on This Is Us? Here’s what we know about Phillip, Kate, and Toby (Chris Sullivan) moving forward.
Chris Geere plays Phillip in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6
Now, it’s possible you’ve seen Geere before he joined the This Is Us cast as Phillip. The 40-year-old British actor has appeared in a number of popular projects throughout the years.
Geere played Jamie Clarke in A Million Little Things, Arvin Fennerman in Modern Family, Chris Booth in The First Team, and Jimmy Shive-Overly in You’re the Worst. Geere was also in Blood and Chocolate as well as the third and fourth installments of The Prince & Me.
Who is Phillip to Kate on ‘This Is Us’?
Whether you think Geere looks familiar, many This Is Us fans will know the actor was Phillip from now on. In season 5, Kate got a job as an assistant music teacher for blind children, and her co-worker is Phillip.
Early on, the two didn’t get along, and Phillip didn’t think Kate was the person for the position. But eventually, she started to grow on him. Then in the This Is Us Season 5 finale, Kate told him she was quitting because Toby got a job in San Francisco. But Phillip wouldn’t let her.
Meanwhile, the flash-forward sequence at the end of the finale showed Kate getting remarried. Then Kevin (Justin Hartley) bumped into Phillip, who claimed to be his future brother-in-law. So it seems Kate and Toby get a divorce, and Kate marries Phillip.
What’s next for Kate and Phillip in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6?
It’s no surprise that many This Is Us fans were distraught by the Kate, Phillip, and Toby news after season 5. Going into season 6, Toby and Kate are still happily married. But it’s likely the final season will show KaToby unraveling and highlight Kate and Phillip’s new romance.
When speaking with Entertainment Weekly ahead of the Jan. 4 premiere of This Is Us Season 6, creator Dan Fogelman hinted that the NBC drama will focus on Kate and Toby’s marriage before diving into anything romantic with Phillip.
“We’re not picking up with Toby and Kate in complete marital crisis on the cusp of divorce. We owe a lot there,” Fogelman said. “But we’re going to live with Toby and Kate for quite a while. Disintegrations of marriages can be ugly often. They can be beautiful at times. They’re not just all one thing most of the time. We’re going to try to show that in all its colors.”
Then in a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly, Geere revealed that Kate and Phillip’s relationship will continue to be professional until it turns “at some point.” And while the actor was unable to confirm whether there was any cheating involved, Geere hinted that the relationship could be good for Kate.
“Whether that is connected with the collapse of the marriage to build up another, I don’t know,” Geere said. “But I do know that from that flash-forward scene, she ends up happy. So she’s not a bad relationship.”