How am I just hearing this news now?!

If you haven’t started watching This Is Us, you’re missing out. Big time.

I’ve been so caught up laughing and  sobbing while watching the show, that I missed the memo that Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson, is a Chicago boy!

Did you know this?!

Justin was born in Knoxville, Illinois, but grew up in Orland Park, where he went to Carl Sandburg High School! He then went to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he really found his love for acting.

“I was sort of a sports guy, but when I went to college I caught the acting bug,” Justin said during an interview with Chicago Sun Times back in September. It was during an English literature class that the got him interested in pursing acting as a career. “It really opened up my eyes — you can actually do this for a living, if you’re lucky. I think it gave me the guts to move out here.”

After college he moved to L.A., but is still a “huge, huge fan of Chicago.”

“It’s a really wonderful place,” Hartley said of our beautiful city. “The architecture; the skyline; the people, how friendly they are and helpful they are; how clean the city is … I just love it.”

He even won over his fiancée, Chrishell Stause, a lover of New York-style pizza, on Chicago’s deep dish.

“I said, ‘I don’t think you’ve ever had real Chicago pizza — it’s a completely different experience,’ ” Hartley said. “So she tried it, and I think it’s like her favorite dish on the planet. I think it’s not only her favorite pizza, I think it’s her favorite dish. Chicago has got it down pat, for sure.”

She’s a keeper!

So now the real question: Justin, will you come hang out with us at US*99?!

Check out his full interview with the Chicago Sun Times HERE.

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