Civilian - - Parker Bates -

The Dal­las, Texas na­tive and his fam­ily made the move to Cal­i­for­nia soon af­ter the young star be­came in­fat­u­ated with the art, an area where he can reg­u­larly go on au­di­tions. Within his first 6 months of the move, he scored the role on This Is Us. Bates isn’t a big fan of watch­ing him­self act, but when he does, “it makes my heart pump, it’s like, ‘Whoa, I’m on TV!’ It’s kind of cool.” Bates plays one-third of the Big Three and has Mandy Moore and Milo Ven­timiglia as his par­ents. “Mandy is al­ways fun to hang out with. She’s al­ways re­ally en­cour­ag­ing and is so great,” he shares. “Milo is like ev­ery­one’s dad. He makes sure ev­ery­one is okay and has what they need. He’s also fun to be around, and when we’re on set, he makes us feel re­ally com­fort­able.”

How­ever, at first, Bates didn’t have much ex­pe­ri­ence and had dif­fi­culty get­ting in touch with his char­ac­ter’s emo­tions. “I was pretty new at [act­ing]. I didn’t re­ally know how to let [my emo­tions] out,” he re­calls. “Now that I’ve got­ten to know ev­ery­one on set, it has be­come a lot more en­cour­ag­ing. It’s eas­ier be­cause they make it feel like a fam­ily.” An­other thing Bates has learned in the act­ing in­dus­try is “to just go with it.” Even at a young age, he ex­plores the power of op­ti­mism and wants as­pir­ing ac­tors to know that “you never re­ally know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. If you get knocked down, you just have to pick your­self up and keep try­ing – even if you don’t get the role you want. There will still al­ways be more roles that are awe­some and great.”

Fur­ther­more, in 2017 and 2018, the This Is Us cast won the Screen Ac­tors Guild Award for Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance by an Ensemble in a Drama Se­ries. “I didn’t even know that I’d make it this far. This show has been do­ing so great. It was re­ally awe­some to get to go to the SAG Awards. It’s a re­ally big thing that you never re­ally think you’d be able to do,” he adds. The ac­tor doesn't plan on go­ing any­where but up. In fact, Bates will be seen in the up­com­ing film Magic Max, where he has his very first lead in a movie, and even does his own stunts.

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