Magazine article Variety

Milo Ventimiglia

Magazine article Variety

Milo Ventimiglia

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'I very much try to be a good man, too.'

Milo Ventimiglia makes America cry every Tuesday night as Jack, the seemingly perfect (and ill-fated) father of three on NBC's breakout hit "This Is Us." But acting's just Ventimiglia's day job: He's also a prolific producer in his own right, with several series in the works, including Fox's drama pilot "Kin.

Part of the success of "This Is Us" is in the audience relating to the characters. Can you relate to Jack?

One hundred percent. I approach Jack very simply, because he's a simple-needs kind of guy. He loves his wife, he loves his kids, and will do anything for them. He's a good person, and inspires people around him to be good. I very much try to be a good man, too.

Is he as perfect as he seems? Will we get to see any flaws?

I don't think he's perfect at all. I think he's flawed, and we'll see those flaws. Those flaws and those cracks and those imperfections are what make us human. A lot of people, especially on social media, are saying, "Jack is perfect. Where can I find a Jack?" and kind of transfer all that love onto me. That's a nice feeling.

Jack's future, though, isn't all that great....

When I signed on for the pilot, I knew that Jack was deceased in the present day. So it wasn't a surprise when [creator] Dan Fogelman finally told me how it all happened. It's going to break some hearts wide open when it happens, but it's a pretty amazing, magical moment to see what Dan has planned.

How has this role changed your career? …

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