She may have mangled a Mercedes, but Deja will be sticking around This Is Us for a while.
NBC’s hit family drama has promoted Lyric Ross — who plays the troubled foster child that Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) have taken in — from recurring guest star to series regular, the network announced Monday.
Ross joined the show last year, appearing in half of season 2’s episodes. The season 2 finale saw Deja take a baseball bat to Randall’s expensive car at the wedding of Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan), as she lashed out after being abandoned by her biological mother.
Last season, the then-14-year-old Ross impressed her costars in short order. “She’s so nuanced,” Watson told EW. “I like that she doesn’t try to act it. She really does just speak and feel out a situation and sense a situation. And so it’s this beautiful, nuanced, soft performance that doesn’t feel performative…. She’s just a very special young actress.”
Before This Is Us, Ross guest-starred on Chicago Fire and Sirens, and she’ll appear in the upcoming indie film Canal Street.
The show also recently upped Melanie Liburd, who plays Beth’s cousin, Zoe, to series regular, as she embarks on a romance with Kevin (Justin Hartley) in season 3.
This Is Us returns for season 3 on Sept. 25.