Milo Ventimiglia On Acting Process Behind ‘This Is Us’

This Is Us, the story of several people who share the same birthday, premieres tonight (NBC, 10/9c). To give any other plot details would be a disservice to the well written and acted program, and tonight’s pilot features wonderful, gut-wrenching work from Milo Ventimiglia. In the video below, I asked Ventimiglia about the challenge of working with such excellent yet oftentimes heartbreaking material.

THIS IS US -- "NBC Paleyfest Fall TV Preview" -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia at The Paley Center for Media's Tenth Annual Paleyfest NBC Fall TV Preview, September 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)
THIS IS US — “NBC Paleyfest Fall TV Preview” — Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia at The Paley Center for Media’s Tenth Annual Paleyfest NBC Fall TV Preview, September 13, 2016 in Beverly Hills — (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)

“As an actor, you can be as honest with the character as you can, and look as deep into your partner’s eyes and share that experience – well then it’s as real as it’s happening in real life.

It’s not putting on a face or a character to say, ‘I’m going to get this as convincingly right as I can.’ When they call action, you’re experiencing what that person experiences. When they call cut, you have to take a breathe and shake it off. Sometimes it lingers on for a little while. But you do your best and you move forward because you have a long day of work ahead of you. (It’s) just trying to live through those moments as honestly and as real as you can.” – Milo Ventimiglia

 

Co-starring Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, and Gerald McRaney, This Is Us premieres tonight (NBC, 10/9c).

Greg Srisavasdi

Editor/Owner of Find Your Seen and Deepest Dream, I'm also a BFCA member and editor of Hollywood Outbreak. I also do a weekly movie review podcast called CinemAddicts. BFCA member, Clippers and UCLA Bruins lifer!!

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