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.
“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).