'This Is Us' star Lonnie Chavis talks spoilers, 'fake friends' and his family's support

Gibson Johns

Don't ask Lonnie Chavis for "This Is Us" spoilers -- because he doesn't know them, either!

The rising star, who plays 10-year-old Randall Pearson on the hit NBC drama, recently sat down with AOL Entertainment during his first-ever trip to New York City and told us that he essentially knows just as much as viewers do about the biggest "This Is Us" storylines before they air.

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"I don't really know any of the secrets!" he said with a smile. "I didn't even know how Jack died until it was on TV. My mom only shows me parts of my script, and I don't even want to read the whole script, anyway. I just want to watch the show like anybody else."

And, really, Chavis is a lot like every other kid his age. Other than being homeschooled because of his work schedule, the pint-sized star still has the same interests ("Stranger Things," watching a lot of YouTube videos and dancing) as a lot of his peers. And, when we walked him around our offices, he lost it over our Coca-Cola Freestyle machine and free candy. What kid wouldn't?

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Despite being on one of television's highest-rated shows, the young actor has been able to maintain a relatively normal childhood, with a lot of help from his family.

"My family's support is what really gets me through every day," he told AOL Entertainment. "They tell me I can do it and say that if I want to back out, I can. But I'll act until I go to heaven. I'll act forever."

One drawback of an increased profile in Hollywood, though, has been figuring out who his true friends are.

"Some of my friends are fake friends," he said in complete seriousness. "They only really like me because I'm on TV! I keep them, anyway."

And, at the end of the day, Chavis gets to be surrounded by some of the top names in show business like Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown, who plays the adult version of his character.

"They're hardworking professionals and, by working with them, I'm learning how to be one, too," Chavis explained. "I'm really grateful to be able to work with them. Some people can't even get up in the morning, and I'm just happy to be able to wake up every day and do something I love."

"This Is Us" airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.

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