June 07, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

YAHOO – As we enter Emmy season — nomination voting runs June 12 to June 26 — Yahoo TV will be spotlighting performances and other contributions that we feel deserve recognition.

Milo Ventimiglia isn’t a father. But he plays a really great one on TV. And it’s beginning to rub off on him.

“Your parents are these gods getting you through life, and playing Jack, I’ve really started to understand just exactly what that commitment and that love was to raise a child. My god my parents were saints,” the This Is Us actor, who used his father as an inspiration for Jack, tells Yahoo TV. “My dad is the greatest guy. He was never not there for us kids.”

Just like a real parent, Ventimiglia beams with pride when talking about the child actors who play his faux nine-year-old offspring — Mackenzie Hancsicsak (Kate), Lonnie Chavis (Randall), and Parker Bates (Kevin). “I’m the luckiest guy in the world getting to work with all those wonderful young actors,” he says. “They’ve got such heart, such passion.”

It is also not uncommon to see him helping his young co-stars with homework, inquiring about how school’s going, bringing them gifts, or fooling around between takes. “I try to create this fun atmosphere. I’ve made myself available like one of their parents. Like, ‘Hey, if you need anything let me know,’” he says, before adding where he draws the line between fact and fiction. “I’m not going to give [them] an allowance.”

Ventimiglia even got verklempt when talking about one of his favorite scenes from Season 1, in which young Kate is body-shamed and bullied and Jack saves the day with a story and a magic shirt. “We finally [get] a chance to see Jack interact with and advise his kids; be a dad to them,” he says, explaining why he selected the scene from the episode “The Pool” to revisit for Yahoo TV’s “My Scene to Remember” Emmy series. Kate, who boldly wore a bikini without a cover-up to the community pool despite her mother’s suggestion, gets a note from the other girls saying that she embarrasses them — and it includes a picture of a pig because, as Ventimiglia succinctly puts it, “Kids can be such little sh**s. They don’t know how much their words impact fellow classmates.”

June 07, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

NY POST – This is the year Milo Ventimiglia became a dad — at least on TV.

The 39-year-old actor already enjoyed a reputation as a Hollywood heartthrob, playing younger parts like those of irresistibly brooding teen Jess Mariano on “Gilmore Girls” and empath Peter Petrelli on “Heroes.” But he finally got to act his age for the role of Jack Pearson, a father who — after the death of one of his newborn triplets — decides to adopt an orphaned baby on the premiere episode of NBC’s “This Is Us.”

“I wanted to play a good man,” Ventimiglia tells Alexa after our cover shoot, sitting on an outdoor patio in Los Angeles’ Benedict Canyon, as wind chimes ring in the background. “It was very simple how he loved his wife, how he loved his kids.”

That unabashed love helped “This Is Us” become network television’s biggest sensation in years. (Its trailer broke streaming records last May, four months before the show premiered.) The series leaps back and forth through time, showing the close-knit, interracial Pearson family at different ages while dangling a sobering fact before its besotted audience: Jack dies and his wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), remarries.

Ventimiglia, who has changed from his designer photoshoot threads into an effortlessly cool black T-shirt and jeans, knew he was playing a dead man when he signed on for the project (even if the particulars of his character’s death remain a mystery to viewers).

“I know how [Jack dies], I know when, I know why. It didn’t sway me at all. [Executive producer Dan] Fogelman said to me, ‘Milo, don’t worry. Just because Jack is dead in the present day doesn’t mean you’re going to be off the show.’ ”

Indeed, Ventimiglia remains a pivotal father figure both on-camera and off.

“I try to show up even on the days I’m not working,” he explains. “I do a lot of photography behind the scenes. I shoot everything on film [that takes place] in the past and everything on digital [that takes place] in the present. I try to be around, be that Papa Pearson.”
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June 01, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

VARIETY – Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) and Freida Pinto (“Guerrilla”) discussed their new TV series, facing rejection in Hollywood, and auditioning for their biggest roles to date, on Variety’s “Actors on Actors.”

May 30, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – NBC is reversing one of the biggest scheduling shake-ups of the year.

After announcing to advertisers earlier this month that its breakout hit This Is Us will move from Tuesdays to Thursdays for its sophomore season this fall, NBC has decided to change its mind.

This Is Us will instead stay right where it is — at Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Sources say the main reason for the decision change is that the show’s serialized storytelling would have been interrupted by NFL football coverage. Back on Tuesdays, the show will have a continuous run of 9 or 10 episodes. In the first season, NBC didn’t have more than 5 episodes in a row before a pre-emption, so apparently, they want to stick to roll-out plan that clearly is not broken.

Of course, NBC knew about its NFL schedule before the upfronts too, so the reversal is still a bit curious. Fall schedules can and do change between upfronts and the fall, but usually not so quickly or dramatically as this. “We went back and forth about [moving This Is Us to Thursday],” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters earlier this month. “There’s a case to be made for keeping the show where it was. While it’s a little risky, there’s a bigger case to be made about redoing Thursday night.”

May 22, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

Yesterday (May 21), Milo attended the Hammer Museum K.A.M.P. (Kids’ Art Museum Project) in Los Angeles, California. You can check out a few HQ photos in the gallery!

May 16, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

After the NBCUpfront yesterday, Milo and his co-stars in This Is Us attended the Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE Upfronts Party presented by Netflix and Terra Chips at Second Floor. The gallery has been updated with HQ photos from the party!

May 16, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

Hello Milo fans! Yesterday (May 16), Milo attended the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront. He looked so handsome! <3 I have added HQ photos from the arrivals as well as during the presentation to the gallery. I've also added seven beautiful portraits Milo took during the upfront to the gallery. Be sure to check them out!

May 15, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

VARIETY – “This is Us” is making a big move: NBC is moving the hit drama from Tuesdays to Thursday nights as part of a revival of their famous “Must See TV” programming strategy.

If there is one show we could move it would be this one,” explained NBC entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt of the show’s move to 9pm on Thursdays during a conference call with reporters. “There is a case for keeping the show where it was. It’s a little risky, but there’s a bigger case for redoing Thursday nights.”

Greenblatt also outlined extensive creative plans for season two of the drama, which is created by Dan Fogelman. A special edition of the show will air after the Super Bowl, on February 4, 2018. “We thought it was great for the number one sports franchise to be followed by the number one scripted franchise,” said Greenblatt.

The executive producers are also planning a special Christmas episode timed for the holidays, Greenblatt revealed.

Given the new Thursday timeslot, there will be interruptions to the “This Is Us” schedule for NFL games. The show will be on for six weeks, then off again for six weeks. “There will hopefully be some Pittsburgh Steelers games in there,” said Greenblatt,” since the team factors into the show. “I’d love the Steelers to go to the Super Bowl.”

This Is Us” will also face a break for the Olympics in February. “We’ve got some ideas to keep the show alive,” even when the show isn’t on the air, said Greenblatt. “The priority is how can we keep this is us alive as much as humanly possible as long as possible. And that’s what we’re going to try to do even with the interruptions that we’re going to have.”

May 12, 2017 / Emily / No Comments

Yesterday (May 11), Milo attended the Berlin, Germany premiere of This Us Us (Das ist Leben) with co-star Chrissy Metz. I have added high quality photos from the premiere to the gallery! Enjoy!