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"This Is Us" Inspired the Speech Justin Hartley Gave at His Sister's Wedding

Take some toasting tips from the star.

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This Is Us actor Justin Hartley's sister just tied the knot, and the celebrity was assigned a special duty for the celebration: toasting the bride and groom at the reception. He shared the story on The Late Show yesterday, and explained how the occasion made him think of his TV character. In fact, his small-screen role wound up inspiring his words!

 

"My sister got married last weekend to a wonderful guy, tremendous human being, and she asked me, 'Would you give a speech?'" Hartley told host Stephen Colbert. "I was flattered," he explained, but admits that the important task quickly became a nerve-wracking one.

 

RELATED: THIS EMOTIONAL THIS IS US THERAPY SESSION WAS FILMED AT JUSTIN HARTLEY'S WEDDING VENUE

 

"It sort of dawned on me as time was approaching to give the speech, I'm looking around the room and I'm thinking to myself, 'Buddy, you've got to deliver. People are going to be expecting some This Is Us tears coming down,'" he said. To make matters worse, his was one of nine speeches, so he had to live up to his competition, too.  

 

Luckily, the extra pressure helped him craft an emotional set of words. "I think I had some welling up," he told Colbert. And according to him, that's "where you want to be." "You don't want the mascara on the bride running, you want to be respectful of that," he advised. Watch the full video above to hear more about the trying moment, and how else This Is Us affects the actor's day-to-day life.