By now we know This Is Us has more than just its audiences in tears. Our favorite stars from the NBC show have shared that they too have cried quite a bit from watching episodes.
But during the show’s panel at the PaleyFest in Hollywood, California, Entertainment Tonight reports actor, Milo Ventimiglia got emotional when he opened up about who he draws inspiration from when portraying the lovable TV dad, Jack Pearson.
Pausing before he answered, Ventimiglia was clearly taken aback and answered, “Here we go, you’re going to find me crying. My father.”
The 39-year-old actor then pointed to his parents, Peter and Carol, sitting in the crowd.
“[This Is Us writer] Dan Fogelman and all the producers and writers wrote this man who loves his wife and loves his kids, really as simple as that,” Ventimiglia said, as tears began to fall down his face. “And I saw that in my own father.”
“There’s not a moment in my life where I don’t think about how he raised us, my sisters [Laurel and Leslie] and I,” he added, as the crowd erupted into cheer. “So, my dad.”
Earlier this week, Ventimiglia shared with the Washington Post that a black and white photograph of he and his father, Peter, sits in his trailer. The image of Ventimiglia around the age of 3 or 4, has the actor leaning on his father’s knee as the two smile in the front yard of their home near a tall tree.
Evidently, above and below the snapshot are handwritten signs for Ventimiglia to help the actor mold his popular character, Jack Pearson.
“Be a Good Father,” Ventimiglia penned above, with “Be a Good Husband” below.
“I saw my mom and dad with a great, great healthy marriage,” said Ventimiglia.
“I think I would absolutely love to have that, have a family, have a wife, have a partner. You think about who is that one person that you’re going to be with that you can just walk shoulder-to-shoulder with in life, support, and they support you, you know,” he added.
He shares that his father was never much of a crier, and so Jack too is often dry-eyed stoic while others in the Pearson clan are.
However, This Is Us creator, Dan Fogelman brought up the topic of tears to Ventimiglia once as the star reveals he never saw his own father cry until he was 21 years old.
“[It was] when his father passed away,” Ventimiglia said. “And I thought to myself, ‘Wow I’ve never seen my dad cry, until then. Why is that?’ And I started breaking that apart and thinking, ‘I believe that my father was trying to give me strength as a young man moving forward in life.’”
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