After a well-deserved holiday break, the Pearson family from “This is Us” is back in the business of making viewers cry, as it has returned to television with the second leg its season two. Meanwhile, fans continue to anticipate the heart-wrenching event that they have known was coming all along, the death of Pearson patriarch Jack. Star Milo Ventimiglia, who plays the beloved character shares how he has made peace with his character’s untimely demise.
In an interview, Ventimiglia shared his mindset on portraying the character who all the viewers know will die. “We never know when we’re going to die, so, I think knowing that, you have to approach life the way you approach life,” the actor said.
“Hopefully, if you’re a good person and you put good out, you’re going to do that regardless of whether you get another day or another few years,” Ventimiglia continued. “He’s still the same man with the same direction and the same heart. He just meets his end before we want him to.”
Back in the first season, “This is Us” hit its viewers with a slow but searing revelation that in the future timeline of the series, Jack is already dead. With its multiple timeline format, Ventimiglia continues to appear in the past timelines. This means that somewhere within these timelines, the series will show how the character will die.
This inevitable demise has been at the heart of the second season, whose episodes continue to leave behind bits and pieces of details that tease audiences of the patriarch’s impending passing.
Ventimiglia also admitted that he gets challenged as an actor in portraying Jack. “Jack is not one to cry, and I myself am more emotional than Jack,” Ventimiglia said. “The hardest moments for me are where I personally have to hold my emotion in.”
“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays, at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.