‘This Is Us’ Season 6: Chris Geere Reveals Kate and Phillip’s Relationship Is Slow to Start, but ‘She Ends up Happy’

This Is Us fans are torn over the news that Kate and Toby will get divorced in season 6, and Kate will remarry her boss, Phillip. But, whether the audience is on board with Kate’s surprising love interest or not, it’s still happening. And Chris Geere, who plays Phillip, is determined to make fans fall in love with his character and the new relationship.

'This Is Us' Season 6 stars Chris Geere and Chrissy Metz, in character as Phillip and Kate, share a scene together at their music school. Phillip, while sitting on a picnic table and looking at Kate, wears a dark gray blazer over a gray button-up shirt and jeans. Kate stands near him and wears a multi-colored floral dress and a light pink purse.
Chris Geere as Phillip and Chrissy Metz as Kate | Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Kate and Phillip will marry in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6

The ending of the This Is Us Season 5 finale shocked fans when it flash-forward five years into the future to Kate and Phillip’s wedding day. Earlier in the episode, it seemed as if Kate and Toby were in a good place in their marriage. However, all that changed with the final reveal.

The flash-forwards to the mysterious night when all the Pearsons gathered at Kevin’s cabin hinted that Kate and Toby weren’t still together. However, some fans predicted that she could be dead in the future. Now, it seems as though she just divorces Toby and marries Phillip.

Though, all of the theories won’t be confirmed or negated until This Is Us Season 6 premieres. The audience will have to wait to see how the events between Kate, Toby, and Phillip unfold.

Chris Geere teases the relationship between Kate and Phillip in the final episodes of ‘This Is Us’

This Is Us Season 6 star Chris Geere spoke with Entertainment Weekly about Phillip’s development and how Kate and Phillip come together.

“I have 18 episodes of TV to go from a really icy, cold, mean-a** music guy who’s belligerent and hostile and ridiculous to the guy that one of the lead characters falls in love with,” Geere said. “That, for me, is a huge challenge. So, I’m just enjoying the journey. Chrissy [Metz] is just marvelous to work with. She’s a lovely person. I’m here for the ride, and I’m enjoying it.”

He went on to tease Kate and Phillip’s dynamic in season 6 by sharing, “It’s a working relationship — at first. And then it will, at some point, turn. Whether that is connected with the collapse of the marriage to build up another, I don’t know.”

“But I do know that from that flash-forward scene, she ends up happy,” Geere revealed. “So she’s not in a bad relationship. She’s with the guy that she wants. I just hope I can portray that guy.”

Chrissy Metz reveals that the romance between her character and her character’s boss is a slow burn

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, also teased the upcoming relationship between her character and Phillip.

When asked when fans will start to see romantic sparks between Kate and Phillip, Metz said, “Not too early. [In] the early episodes of the season, she’s getting to know him and seeing things that she didn’t remotely understand about Phillip. You can see them getting along, but there’s definitely no romance — yet. The episode that I got to co-write, which is [episode] 9, which is Kate’s episode — that’s going to be a massive turning point for Kate and Toby.”

It sounds like Kate and Toby won’t end their marriage until at least episode 9, which means that Kate and Phillip’s romance likely won’t start to heat up until after that pivotal hour.

This Is Us Season 6 premieres on Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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