'This Is Us' stars bring young actors to SAG Awards — and the photos are so sweet

by Gina Vivinetto / / Source: TODAY

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Family first!

The 2018 Screen Actors Awards ceremony was a big night for "This Is Us," and thanks to the hit NBC drama's stars Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley, the entire Pearson family got to experience the magic.

Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Chrissy Metz
"This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz, right, brought young actress Mackenzie Hancsicsak, who plays the 10-year-old Kate Pearson, to Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

That's because big-hearted Metz, 37, and Hartley, 40, brought along the young actors who play their characters as kids as their special guests to Sunday's event.

Early Monday morning, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, 10, who plays the 10-year-old version of Kate Pearson, took to Twitter to thank Metz for bringing her as her guest, explaining that some of the show's young cast members didn't have enough screen time under their belts to have been invited on their own.

"Just want 2 thank Miss @ChrissyMetz again 4 very graciously & selflessly giving up her plus one so I could attend the SAG awards. Some of the kid ensemble didn’t appear in enough episodes 2 qualify, but when the adults found out, they stepped up & offered their plus one. Thank U!" the young actress wrote.

Justin Hartley, Parker Bates
Justin Hartley, left, brought Parker Bates, who plays his character, Kevin Pearson, as a child, to the event.Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Hartley's plus-one was Parker Bates, who plays his character, Kevin Pearson, as a young boy, and the pair made a dapper duo on the red carpet.

This is Us
The "This Is Us" cast celebrates winning the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Happily, all of the show's cast members were at the ceremony to cheer on their co-star Sterling K. Brown, who won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series — and, later, to celebrate the magical moment "This Is Us" nabbed the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Logan Shroyer, Parker Bates, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Niles Fitch
Actor Logan Shroyer, who plays teenage Kevin Pearson, poses at the SAG Awards with co-stars Parker Bates, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, and Niles Fitch, who plays teenage Randall. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images
Lonnie Chavis, Faithe Herman, Eris Baker
All of the young stars of "This Is Us," including Lonnie Chavis, who plays 10-year-old Randall, and Faithe Herman and Eris Baker, who play grown-up Randall's daughters, Annie and Tess, were at Sunday's ceremony to celebrate their win.Mike Nelson / EPA
Parker Bates, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, and Lonnie Chavis
The Big Three as little ones: actors Parker Bates, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, and Lonnie Chavis pose together on the red carpet.Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Pearson family patriarch Jack, gave a special shoutout to the show's loyal fans when the entire cast took the stage to accept the award.

"The people that watch with us very Tuesday night and embrace the show that reflects positivity and hope and inclusion, we love you," the 40-year-old actor said in his speech. "Thank you very much."

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