Eris Baker bio: Who is the actress that plays Tess on This Is Us?

Eris Baker bio: Who is the actress that plays Tess on This Is Us?

Eris Baker is a young up-and-coming actress who is best known for playing Tess Pearson in the NBC television series This Is Us. Baker's role in This Is Us was her breakthrough acting role and her biggest role yet. Apart from her role in This Is Us, Baker's other television credits include K.C. Undercover, Drunk History, and Alexa & Katie.

Eris Baker
Eris Baker attends the Casting Society Of America's Artios Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jon Kopaloff
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Eris Baker is an actress, known for This Is Us (2016), Dispel (2019) and K.C. Undercover (2015). Here is her biography

Eris Baker profile summary

  • Date of birth: August 4, 2005
  • Age: 15 years old (as of 2020)
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Zodiac sign: Leo
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Manager: Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency.
  • Eris Baker height: 5 ft 6 in
  • Weight: 55 kg
  • Eye colour: Dark Brown

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The actress was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was born on 4th August 2005. This means that Eris Baker age is 15 years old (as of 2020).

Eris is the firstborn in a family of four daughters.


Eris saw other people acting and wanted to do it as well. Her parents found her an acting coach, and the rest is history. The actress revealed,

I grew up in Los Angeles! I was born and raised here. I would see young actors on television from a young age and think "I could do that!" I participated in all my elementary school plays and my love for portraying characters just grew and grew. I told my parents I wanted to be an actress. I was their first child, so they kind of figured all kids say that growing up. They went on to put me in other activities, basketball, t-ball, dance, Taekwondo. . . you name it, I was in it! I had fun doing those activities, but nothing stuck. One year, I wrote a letter to Santa for Christmas that said that all I wanted was to be on television. My parents found me an acting coach, and the rest was history. I was at my best when I was in character. Since then, I've never stopped acting!

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From 2017-2018, Eris appeared as Diane in three episodes of K.C.Undercover, titled Second Chances, The Truth Will Set You Free, and KC Under Construction.

In 2018, she played Gwendolyn Sanders / Cindy Campbell in two episodes of Drunk History. That same year, she played Michelle in Alexa & Katie in the episode titled Support Group.

In 2019, Eris played Lizzie in Dispel, a short fantasy film, and Phoenix in Cherry Lemonade, a short drama film.

Tess This Is Us
Hannah Zeile, Niles Fitch and Eris Baker attend the Lupus LA 2019 Orange Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 4, 2019. Photo: Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Lupus LA
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Who is Tess on This Is Us?

Eris is mostly known for her role as Tess on This Is Us, an American romantic family drama television series created by Dan Fogelman. This Is Us follows the lives and families of two parents and their three children, in several different time frames. Eris has appeared on the show since 2016.

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This Is Us Tess Pearson is the precocious oldest (biological) daughter of Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) Pearson in the popular NBC series.

Eris was only about nine years old when she first auditioned for Tess This Is Us, and she did not have any major performances under her belt at the time. She told STYLECASTER that she walked into a reading for what was originally an untitled, "really big show" that she knew little about:

"That was, for sure, a leap of faith...My confidence level, it wasn't that strong, only because I wasn't booking anything. When I was going into this audition, I just thought, 'Oh my God, should I even go in here?' Because I thought the problem was with me."
Tess on This Is Us
Eris Baker as Tess, Lyric Ross as Deja. Photo: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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In season 3 of the show, Baker's character, Tess, comes out to her family. Before doing the scene, Baker did a lot of research to get into the mindset of the character.

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She explained that Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the episode, actually had her keep a journal to "write down all the emotions people that were in Tess's position would be feeling."

In addition to processing her emotions on paper, Baker also had a personal experience to draw from:

"I also had a friend that came out to me recently, so I talked to her about it, and she told me how it was hard for her to come out to her parents because she didn't know if they were going to accept her or not...I definitely took all the information in and portrayed it in that scene."

TMZ reported that Eris raked in $112,500 for playing Tess Pearson in season 1 - she was in 9 episodes and earned $12,500 for each.

She got a salary bump in seasons 2 and 3, plus she got paid for a minimum of 7 episodes on both seasons, grossing her $298,140.

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Who is Tess on This Is Us
Eris Baker and Lyric Ross attend The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA
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Eris Baker movies and TV shows

Here is her complete filmography:

  • 2016-2020 - This Is Us - Tess Pearson
  • 2019 - Cherry Lemonade - Phoenix
  • 2019 - Dispel - Lizzie
  • 2018 - Alexa & Katie - Michelle
  • 2018 - Drunk History - Gwendolyn Sanders / Cindy Campbell
  • 2017-2018 - K.C. Undercover - Diane
Eris Baker age
Eris Baker arrives at the Casting Society Of America's Artios Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Kurt Krieger/Corbis
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Awards and nominations

The actress has 2 award wins and 2 nominations to her name:

  • In 2019 and 2018, Eris, alongside other members of the cast of This Is Us, won Screen Actors Guild Awards under the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category.
  • In 2019, she was nominated for a Festival Award (BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, US) under the Best Actress category for her role in Dispel (2019)
  • In 2018, she was nominated for a Gold Derby TV Award under the Ensemble of the Year category for her role in This Is Us (2016).

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Eris Baker is definitely one of the most successful teenagers on the planet right now. Judging from her success on This Is Us, the young lady is going places.

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