Will Jennifer C Holmes return to This Is Us? Laurel fan theories explained

Olivia Olphin October 28, 2020
Will Jennifer C Holmes return to This Is Us? Laurel fan theories explained
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Will Jennifer C Holmes return to This Is Us? The season five premiere aired yesterday – a two-hour-long episode full of surprising twists and turns. However, the shock that Randall’s birth mother Laurel may still be alive has gripped the attention of fans. Is Laurel going to return? Will Jennifer C Holmes reprise her role on This Is Us? Let’s unpack this.

What is This Is Us about?

This Is Us follows a set of triplets, known as the Big-Three, and their parents as they navigate grief, family struggles, and all that life throws at them.

The show stars Milo Ventimiliga, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley, and can be watched in its entirety on NBC in the US and on Amazon Prime in the UK.

Who is Jennifer C Holmes?

Jennifer C Holmes is an actress best known for her work as Laurel on This Is Us and her role in The Story of Miya. Holmes has also had brief appearances in CSI: Miami and The Bold and the Beautiful.

She is a vocal Black Lives Matter advocate and also a devout Christian, with her Instagram bio containing a quote from Luke 1:37, “for with God nothing will be impossible”.

Who is Laurel?

Laurel is Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) mother, who was previously thought to have died of a drug overdose after childbirth. Thinking that she was dead, her partner William slipped away with their child and left baby Randall outside a fire station. However, in the opening episode of season five she is seen breathing, which introduces the possibility she could still be alive.

Show creator Dan Fogelman told The Wrap: “There’s a pretty quick answer and I think it will be found to be elegantly done.”

Is Jennifer C Holmes returning to This Is Us?

Unfortunately, there has been no confirmation from Holmes about returning to the series. However, the producers may be keeping secrets under wraps for season five of This Is Us.

Lauren fan theories and reaction

The revelation that Randall’s birth mother, Laurel, may be alive shook fans to their core. As soon as the episode aired, Twitter was filled with theories, reactions, and complicated feelings towards Randall’s father, William.

Fans are also speculating about how Randall might be able to meet his birth mother – including one idea about a therapist and another about the potential for more siblings!

It looks as if one of the stories in this series could centre around Randall as he tries to discover more about the circumstances of his birth – and maybe even the reunion with his biological mother. Grab a box of tissues, this is going to be an emotional one!

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.