Milo Ventimiglia Interview: ‘This Is Us’

“What’s important to me,” declares Milo Ventimiglia, “is for people to understand that he is flawed, and he’s human,” he says about his beloved patriarch Jack Pearson on NBC’s tearjerker drama “This is Us.” In our exclusive webcam interview (watch the video above), Ventimiglia revisits the highlights from season two, particularly the acclaimed Super Bowl episode, in which audiences discovered how Jack tragically died after a fire in their family home.

Ventimiglia is enamored with his character Jack because he is so real and genuine. “He tries to take responsibility for the moments where he hasn’t acted properly, and as terrifying as they are, like admitting to your daughter that you have a drinking problem, or being jealous of his wife’s performing partner or trying to relate to his kids in very unrelatable situations, but he’s trying,” he declares.

“One of the greatest joys of playing this man is I don’t have to do anything but show up and learn my lines,” he says. “And everything that comes out and tumbles out of me as a performer is just instinctually Jack,” the actor adds. “Jack is very much all of us. He’s a good man with a good heart, who loves very simply. But he’s not uncomplicated. He tries to shoulder a lot for his family.”

“What we’re diving into for the third season,” he reveals, “is going to be things that his family had no idea about him. And I think that’s going to deepen that love for him, because here’s this man that just wants his family to see the best and know the best and feel that love all the time, but dad went through some pretty rough times.”

During our fascinating chat about his role on “This is Us,” we also look back on how he found out about his first ever Emmy nomination last year, and what it meant to him. We also look further back to his breakthrough role on “Gilmore Girls,” where he shares how proud he was on Emmy night of former co-stars Melissa McCarthy, a nominee last year for “SNL,” and Alex Bledel, who won her first Emmy for her role on “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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