After three seasons of tear-inducing strife, Parenthood fans hoping Kristina Braverman would face an easier road in season four were dealt a big blow as the closing moments of tonight's episode revealed the mother of three would be battling breast cancer this season.
Turns out, star Monica Potter was not only excited to explore this storyline, but actually suggested it to creator Jason Katims after going through a scare of her own. I caught up with Potter to talk about this deeply personal character arc, how The Braverman Family handles it and what lies ahead in Parenthood season four.
ETonline: What were your thoughts upon learning Kristina would battle breast cancer this season?
Monica Potter: I actually had to go for a mammogram in April. I'd never had one before and didn't really know what to expect. The [technician] was reading the film afterwards and said she couldn't get a good reading, so I was a little nervous [because]. Then, I got a phone call to come back to the office and did the whole process again. The doctor said there was something there they wanted to keep an eye on. I ended up being fine, but it sparked an idea because that is really scary. As a mom, as a wife, as a friend, a sister, as a woman, you have to be the person who takes care of everybody. You can't be sick. So I called Jason [Katims, creator] and asked if we might explore Kristina having breast cancer this season. He emailed me back right away, saying he had the chills because the writing room just broke the story. Which is insane. It was so weird that this was a storyline they also wanted to explore.