Milo Ventimiglia Q&A: ‘This Is Us’
During our recent video chat (watch above), Milo Ventimiglia attributes the blockbuster success of his new series “This Is Us” to an audience’s desire for, “anything that resembles their life: the good, the bad, the ugly. I think ‘This Is Us’ was able to capture all of those moments for such a wide cross-section of people.” Created by Dan Fogelman, this NBC program centers on a large and diverse family throughout several decades. The “Heroes” and “Gilmore Girls” star plays Jack Pearson, husband of Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and father to two twins (Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley) and an adopted black child (Sterling K. Brown).
Ventimiglia describes Jack has a man whose, “entire existence is defined by his family, first by his marriage and second by his kids. The longer he spends with his wife and his kids, the more he falls enamored by them, so he’ll do anything.” Throughout the season, we see the sacrifices and developments Jack makes with his newfound responsibility. “His desire to have a company of his own, or have some individuality, just falls second to his… loving duty to his wife and his kids.”
“This Is Us” proved a surprise success upon premiering in September. The show snagged Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama Series and Best TV Supporting Actress (Moore and Metz), as well as a SAG bid for Best TV Drama Actor (Brown). Are the Emmys next? Check out our full interview above for more about Ventimiglia’s work on the series.