“It was the highlight of my career,” admits Ron Cephas Jones about his first ever Emmy win last year. “So many people had come into my life that led up to that point,” he says. Watch our exclusive video interview with Jones above.
In “This Is Us,” Jones plays William, the biological father of Randall (Sterling K. Brown). Jones was first nominated in 2017 in the supporting race, and last year returned to the Emmys in the guest category, which he won. “I never imagined,” the actor says about winning the trophy last year. “After all those years, you sort of stop looking at those things after a while and your whole focus is on just being able to work and to continue to do good work,” he reveals.
Jones is back with a third consecutive Emmy nomination this year, again in the guest actor category. His episode submission is “A Philadelphia Story,” the second episode from last season, in which we encounter William in flashbacks as a younger man. Typically for this tear-jerker, the episode resonates emotionally as we see another side to his character.
“This is Us” is often praised for tugging at the the audience’s heartstrings so effectively. Jones agrees that it is definitely a highlight of working on the show and playing this character. “It’s a show that allows you to feel,” the actor explains. “Most of the time when we watch television we aren’t looking to feel, we are looking to escape. This particular show does just the opposite. You escape into your feelings not escape from your feelings,” he says. “Knowing that you’re doing it with so many hundreds of thousands of other people, you don’t feel so alone, you don’t feel so weird that you let yourself cry.”
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