This is us on M6: Is Jake Stadnik (Jack) really blind?

M6 broadcast yesterday evening the still unpublished episodes on a free channel of season 4 of “This is us”. A twist at the end of the first episode caught the viewers …

Warning, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen the first episode of season 4 of This is us before continuing to read this article.

This Thursday, February 25 at 9:05 pm, M6 began the broadcast of season 4 of This is us, the American phenomenon series worn by Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley. In this new salvo of episodes, still unpublished on a free channel, a plot seems to have particularly caught the attention of viewers, that of Jack, the son of Kate and Toby. In a leap into the future, we find Jack, now an adult, who has succeeded in making his grandmother’s dream come true by becoming a singer. Quickly, however, we discover that the young man is visually impaired.

In order to embody the character of Jack, the creator of This is us, Dan Fogelman, chose to call on Blake Stadnik, a blind actor still unknown to the general public, more accustomed to the stage than to film sets. He thus declared to the American media that it had always been his project to make Jack, born prematurely in season 3, a visually impaired person. “We’ve known for some time that Kate’s son was going to be born prematurely, and her blindness would follow. “, he said in interviews.

This is us on m6: is jake stadnik (jack) really blind?

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But finding the rare pearl was not easy. Indeed, Dan Fogelman wanted to find a blind actor who is “very beautiful and very funny, but who is also able to find himself in front of an audience to perform a song. There were a lot of checkboxes. ” During the casting, Blake Stadnik was obvious, since the actor, who had never before performed in front of a camera, is a specialist in musicals, and therefore knows how to sing and act very well. It was at the age of 6 that he was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, which caused his eyesight to deteriorate throughout his life. Like his on-screen alter ego, he is able to see some shapes out of focus, but he’s legally blind.

Find season 4 of This is us every Thursday evening from 9:05 pm on M6.

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