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A Million Little Things’ Allison Miller reveals what awaits Maggie and Gary on their baby journey

[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of A Million Little Things. Read at your own risk!]

A million little things Season 4 is entering its final stretch, but even with only a handful of episodes remaining in the season, the group of friends continue to forge new paths. In Wednesday’s episode, ’60 Minutes,’ which was directed by actor Allison Miller, Rome (Romany Malco) started her new job as a teacher at Sussex Prep, Katherine (Grace Park) and Greta (Cameron Esposito) encountered their first pain living together, and Maggie (Miller) and Gary (James Roday Rodriguez) discovered that having a baby won’t be as easy as they thought.

It was a bit of a rollercoaster ride, especially for Miller, who was directing for the first time. Not only did the actress have to introduce a new filming style for the show in the very first episode, but she also had to track several key moments for her castmates and directing herself as Maggie helped Gary prepare for testing. his sperm for his fertility. doctor. It was a lot to juggle, but TV Guide told Miller how she rose to the challenge and, of course, what we can expect from the rest of the season.

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What were your conversations with DJ and creative time to realize and understand why this episode made the most sense to you?
Allison Miller: I wanted to direct for years. I followed other directors on our show and on other shows. I did a short between our first and second season, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I thought, ‘Oh, this is a good time to do this just so I have something to telling our producers, ‘Hey, I’d like to do that on our show too.’ ‘So when we started season 4, I had followed the year before. There really were no openings for outside directors, mostly because of how COVID has affected our show – this year we had a new production manager who had a Zoom call with each of the actors individually. As soon as I started talking to him, I started proposing to direct myself. She was incredibly supportive. She was an actress herself and got her first directing job on the show she was working on as an actress so I followed her. Before our vacation, I did one last kind of Zoom push with DJ [Nash] and CT [Terrence Coli]our showrunners, and said, “You know, I would really like to do this. I know it would be more likely if we got to season 5, but I really want to do this now and I’m ready.” They told me called in early December and told me we had a space for you and would like you to [Episode] 17 And that’s how it happened.

Most actors shy away from episodes that feature their characters a lot for their directorial debut, but Maggie is a bit on the ball. What was it like directing you?
Miller: I prefer to direct other actors. I found out that I would lose track of my accessory in a way that I normally don’t. It was really the biggest effect, but it’s difficult. Your job as an actor is not to focus entirely on what’s going on around you and kind of lose yourself in an instant and not have extreme self-awareness. And then as a director, you do the exact opposite, so you have to look at yourself in a different way. It’s a real challenge but I had so much support from our DP and the other actors in the scenes with me and from our production manager. They were all there, kind of to make sure I wasn’t doing anything completely weird.

Allison Miller and James Roday Rodriguez, A million little things

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What was the hardest scene to crack in the episode?
Miller: We pioneered a new form of camerawork in the very first scene of the episode, which involves walking and talking down a narrow hallway which I was also acting in and therefore couldn’t see the footage of what was being captured on the portable camera. that Gary wore. It was complex. I really didn’t have time to sit and watch the playback, so I just had to believe that we were getting what we needed. I think it worked really well and it adds a lot of dynamics and energy to the opening of the episode.

And what was the funniest scene to shoot?
Miller: The most fun, I think for me, was directing all the Rome themes in class. These kids were amazing. They were so funny. His performance was fantastic. We basically had most of the day to spend with him. And I just, I loved working with Romany and I love working with some of our new cast members, Ash and Kelsey, and they were really fantastic. It was a long day in that room and they were still wonderful.

We learn in this episode that Maggie and Gary’s baby journey isn’t going to be as easy as they hoped. How will Maggie react to this given what she’s been through for the past two years?
Miller: It’s just another hurdle for these two and they’ve gotten really good at jumping over those hurdles together. This is a common situation for people. You think having a baby is the easiest thing in the world because in high school you’re told you’re going to get pregnant right away. As an adult, you start to realize that it’s a lot harder than that, especially for two people who have been through cancer treatment. There’s a whole other layer there. They’re ready for another tough race, but hopefully it won’t be as tough as they anticipate.

What can you say about what fans can expect from the season finale?
Thousand: There’s a big cliffhanger at the end and you’re going to want to know what happens. Hopefully we get a season 5 to get into it. There are a lot of new beginnings for these characters. There are many good resolutions with many scenarios. Things tie together in a way that’s really satisfying to a lot of people, but the end of the season is going to be a shock.

A million babies Things continues Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC, with episodes available to stream the following day on Hulu.

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