‘This Is Us’ is now in season 5, and so much has changed over the last few years. Amidst all the twists, the younger versions of Kevin, Kate, and Randall have grown up before our eyes.
This Is Us has kept the same cast since it first premiered in 2016. As the show flashes back in time, fans have gotten to see the younger versions of the Pearson kids face major life events. The This Is Us kid actors are a crucial part of the show, and they’ve grown up so much over the past 5 seasons alongside their characters.
Young Kevin, Kate, and Randall are now experiencing those pivotal teenage years, while the teen versions of the Big Three has now young adults in their college years. The This Is Us kids are officially making us all feel old. Check out the younger stars of NBC’s hit family drama then and now.
Parker Bates (Young Kevin)
Parker Bates started playing little Kevin Pearson in the very first season. Kevin was just 8 years old when the show flashed back to this particular time period. Parker is now 13 years old, and so is his character. The young versions of the Big Three just keep growing and growing. The role of Kevin Pearson is also played by Logan Shroyer and Justin Hartley.
Parker has appeared in every single season of the show. This Is Us was his breakout role, but he has other exciting projects coming up, including the films Magic Max and Partners.
Mackenzie Hancsicsak (Young Kate)
Like her fellow actors playing young Kevin and Randall, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, now 13, has played young Kate since season 1. Back then, Kate was just 8 years old. Now that we’re in season 5, young Kate is now teen Kate. The older versions of Kate are played by Hannah Zeile and Chrissy Metz.
When season 5 premiered, some fans wondered if Mackenzie was still playing young Kate. “For all the fans who watched last night and were wondering… it’s still me, your one and only 13 year old, Katie Girl,” she captioned an Instagram video of herself growing up over the last 5 years. “Hope you all liked last night’s @nbcthisisus episode. You’ll see more of my brothers @lonniechavis @theparkerbates and me next week, too.”
Lonnie Chavis (Young Randall)
Lonnie Chavis first stole our hearts back in season 1 when he began playing the younger version of Sterling K. Brown and Niles Fitch’s Randall Pearson. Lonnie is just 12 years old, but he’s grown up so much since starting out as 8-year-old Randall.
Lonnie is a young actor on the rise. At just 12, he’s already made such a name for himself. In addition to This Is Us, Lonnie starred alongside Rosario Dawson in the 2020 drama The Water Man.
Logan Shroyer (Teen Kevin)
When Logan first started out on This Is Us as teen Kevin, he was just 17 years old. He was playing 14-year-old Kevin and still looked the part even though he was a few years older. Like Kevin, the now 21-year-old has evolved into one of the most talented young actors in Hollywood.
Now that the show has reached season 5, Logan’s version of Kevin is 19 years old. Pretty soon, Logan’s onscreen alter ego will catch up to him in age!
Hannah Zeile (Teen Kate)
Hannah Zeile, now 23, made her debut as teen Kate in the seventh episode of the first season. Teen Kate, Kevin, and Randall were just 14 years old when they first appeared on the show. The This Is Us teens are now 19 on the show, which means they are nearing full-on adulthood. Time flies, right?
Over the past 5 seasons, Hannah has revealed her incredible range of talent as teen Kate — from dramatic scenes to showing off her amazing voice. Hannah released her first single back in April 2020 titled “Ode To My Anxiety.”
Niles Fitch (Teen Randall)
Niles Fitch has aged right alongside teen Randall on This Is Us. In season 5, the character and the actor are both 19 years old. Niles has done an incredible job of being the bridge to Sterling’s adult version of Randall. He was excellent in his portrayal of Randall in the immediate aftermath of Jack’s death.
Niles recently made history as Disney’s first Black live-action prince in the Disney+ film The Secret Society of Second Born Royals. He will also star in the 2021 film The Fallout.