The impressive hit that This Is Us has been over the past two seasons has catapulted the stars into the limelight quite quickly. Milo Ventimiglia feels that very often as he plays Jack Pearson, the beloved father of the three siblings, Kevin, Kate and Randall, as well as doting husband to wife Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore.
In a complete departure from the type of upbring Jack had as a kid, in addition to the type of father he had, he is encouraging and loving to his kids and wife. Some have even called him “America’s dad” because of the kindness and empathy that his character embodies.
Parts of Ventimiglia definitely bleed through into the character of Jack. When he does press, he is noticeably cordial and conscientious, which are positive qualities his character is known for on the show. One of the most heart-wrenching aspects of the perpetual heartstring-pulling show is that Jack does pass away at a certain point when the kids are teenagers. The exact details of what happens haven’t been disclosed or seen on the show yet.
Ventimiglia admits that Jack’s super kind heart and ability to be so effective in who he is as a parent and a husband can sometimes feel like a tall order. He thinks it’s funny that everyone assumes that he’s Jack, when in fact, Jack is a character – an incredibly beloved character but a character just the same.
In reality, Ventimiglia isn’t even a father. But overall he feels deeply grateful to be able to embody a character that so many people feel so connected to and appreciative of.
This Is Us has shown to really understand the formulaic aspects that work so well with its viewers. Its ability to interweave the narrative throughout different time periods in the Pearson’s lives is impressive and always well thought out.
The second season has not lost any of the luster and impressive pacing, performance and narrative ticks of the first season. There hasn’t been any “sophomore slump” in this subsequent season.
Ventimiglia continues to play the most thoughtful, attentive and present father and husband in recent television history every Tuesday night on NBC.