The third season of America’s most heartwarming family drama “This Is Us” is premiering in less than two weeks. The history of Milo Ventimiglia’s character, Jack Pearson, will play an integral part in the new installment.
Viewers found out last season that Jack was not only a Vietnam veteran but also had a brother who passed away. The upcoming episodes will be exploring the subject and how it affects the character.
Milo spoke to Hollywood Life about it.
“[It’s] kind of like a missing puzzle piece. We learned so much about Jack, we’ve known so much about Jack, but really, there had been only about 36 hours worth of Jack than an audience knew and fell in love with. For me, playing him, his past informed who he is that we know of him in such a way that I’m really enjoying playing the younger side of Jack, knowing the creation of the man that people seem to love.”
It turns out that the backstory was, in a way, Ventimiglia’s idea. Early on in the series, the actor said that he was going to play the character as a Vietnam War veteran to the writers who didn’t know if that’s who Pearson would turn out to be at that time in developing the show.
“There was a version early on where I said to [creator] Dan [Fogelman], ‘You think Jack is a Vietnam vet?’ And he goes, ‘Gee, I don’t know maybe.’ I said, ‘Listen, I’ll let you and the writers kind of figure that out, but because of when he was born and the age and era in which he was a young man, I’m just going to — in my mind, in my heart — think that he experienced the Vietnam War. I’m just going to put that in the back of my mind and my heart and if you guys get to it, cool.’ And they did. It turned out to be really informative thing for Jack, and we’re going to show that story this season.”
“This Is Us” premieres September 25 at 9p.m. on NBC. Will you be tuning in?