Justin Hartley teases Kevin's role as a father in Season 4 of 'This Is Us' (Exclusive)

Season 3 of "This Is Us" left dedicated fans with -- as to be expected -- hundreds of unanswered questions.

At the forefront of these cliffhangers was the flash-forward at the end of the final episode revealing that Kevin Pearson ends up becoming a father.

Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson on the series, stepped out last night in New York City to celebrate his October digital cover of DuJour Magazine, just in time for fans to tune into the September 24 premiere of Season 4.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Justin Hartley attends the DuJour Media And Jason Binn Celebration of October Cover Star Justin Hartley at Vandal on September 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for DuJour Media)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Justin Hartley and Jason Binn attend the DuJour Media And Jason Binn Celebration of October Cover Star Justin Hartley at Vandal on September 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for DuJour Media)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Justin Hartley attends BuzzFeed's "AM To DM" on September 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 1125 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Justin Hartley during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 24, 2019 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Justin Hartley attends the Los Angeles Clippers Vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Chrishell Stause (L) and Justin Hartley attend 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Justin Hartley attend 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Armie Hammer (L) and Justin Hartley at Moet Celebrates The 75th Anniversary of The Golden Globes Award Season at Catch LA on November 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actors Chrishell Stause and Justin Hartley arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'A Bad Moms Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: Justin Hartley attends the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'A Bad Moms Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0774 -- Pictured: Actor Justin Hartley during an interview on November 21, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, actors Justin Hartley and Jared Leto participate in the phone bank onstage during 'One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief' at the Universal Studios Lot on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause arrive at The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch at a private residence on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 08: David Schwimmer, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Sterling Brown, Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley attend The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch on October 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The Rape Foundation)
THIS IS US -- 'Number One' Episode 208 -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Actor Justin Hartley attends Build to discuss the show 'This Is Us' at Build Studio on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Justin Hartley discusses 'This Is Us' with the Build Series at Build Studio on October 3, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Justin Hartley attends the season 2 premiere of 'This Is Us' at NeueHouse Hollywood on September 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Justin Hartley and actress Chrishell Stause attend the season 2 premiere of 'This Is Us' at NeueHouse Hollywood on September 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Justin Hartley attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Justin Hartley (L) and Chrishell Stause walk the red carpet during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
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Hartley spoke exclusively to AOL about whether or not we would see Kevin's parenting storyline develop this season:

“I will say that we explore that plot line, that storyline this season … we’ll definitley have some answers for you along the way — and it may or may not be what it seems.”

And though he couldn't give away specifics, he did gush about how being a real-life father to his daughter, Isabella, helped him prepare for Kevin's scenes in Season 4:

“In every role that I take, I try to take my own life experiences and sort of pour them into who this character is, and then take what that character’s life experiences must have been and how different they are from mine and sort of pour that in as well. 

"You also try to take all of the things that you’ve experienced that are different than what that character has had to experience. You add as much as you can to the character from your own personal life where it’s appropriate and you have to subtract the things that are absolutely not appropriate that that person never would’ve done. 

We’re all so different — it’s a constant learning process. And that’s the amazing thing about television, is that a lot of times, several months into playing the character, you discover new things about the character as you’re playing them, they unfold.”

One thing that we probably wouldn't see happen to Kevin Pearson on-screen that happened to Hartley in real life? Being asked to show his ID at a bar, which happened to Hartley this past July:

“I think that person was like hungover or something, something was going on — maybe it was just a mandate where they had to card everyone who came in — I don’t know!”

Because even though Kevin Pearson and Justin Hartley may lead two completely different lives, when it comes to their core values and they want the most out of life, Hartley doesn't think that the two are that different after all:

“Kevin and I have some similarities — I think Kevin is a very thoughtful guy, I like to think that hopefully I’m a thoughtful guy. His heart is good and I think he wants to do the right thing, he knows the difference between right and wrong. He has a lot of demons that I don’t have, he’s got an addiction problem, so there are a lot of differences but we’re both humans. We’re all trying to get by, trying to do the best we can.”

"This Is Us" airs Tuesdays at 9 P.M.on NBC. 

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