“Everybody’s excited,” says Milo Ventimiglia about where “This Is Us” may go in the future now that we know his character Jack Pearson did not die in the Season 1 finale. “I think the 18th episode, the finale episode, really humanized Jack. He’d kind of been built up as this perfect man, really fighting for his life and his wife and his kids and honorably doing so and with kindness. But we saw a man who did something horrible.” Above, watch our fun Milo Ventimiglia interview filmed on the red carpet at PaleyFest 2017.
As for those “horrible” things that Jack did in the Season 1 finale like driving drunk and punching a guy, Ventimiglia continues, “I think the last episode humanized him and I was happy for the fans to get that.” But does Jack have time to grow before he’s killed off? “We do have the ticking time bomb of Jack’s ultimate death, so you’ve got to consider that it’s coming.”
Jack’s relationship with his wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) was the focal point of the season finale, with the characters having a blow-up fight following his jealous night of drinking. “Knowing that he and Rebecca are in disrepair, hopefully they can get their life back on track before that ultimate death happens,” Ventimiglia hints about the future.
Ventimiglia’s arm is currently healing from an injury that occurred in the “early side of production.” He informs us that he was “working through pain” for much of the season, from August all the way through when they wrapped in February. When we inform him that the injury could actually help when it comes to Emmy voting, he laughs, “Sympathy!”
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