This Is Us

Sea­son 1 M-Net (*101) 19:30 Drama

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Nearly 20 years ago, Milo Ven­timiglia walked into Stars Hol­low as trou­ble­maker Jess in dram­edy se­ries Gil­more Girls (2000-2017). The 40-year-old has grown up but he’s still at­tracted to drame­dies – he’s play­ing trou­bled dad Jack in This Is Us (2016-cur­rent). Milo says that he chose the role be­cause “there was a fam­ily con­nec­tion and it seemed like a re­ally nice jour­ney piece”.

The Cal­i­for­nian isn’t a fam­ily man 1

yet but learnt the hard way that be­ing the baby in the fam­ily isn’t al­ways fun. His two older sis­ters – pho­tog­ra­pher Lau­rel (42) and fine artist Leslie (44) – showed their love by “dress­ing me up like a girl, says Milo. “It wasn’t fun for me but it in­flu­enced my ap­proach to­wards women for the bet­ter.”

While he’s cur­rently dat­ing Kelly 2

Egar­ian, a mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor for fash­ion brand Stella McCart­ney, Milo has dated celebs in the past, like Gil­more Girls co-star Alexis Bledel from 2002 to 2006, and Hay­den Panet­tiere, his co-star from sci-fi show He­roes (2006-2010) in 2008.

He’s not just an ac­tor – Milo owns 3

pro­duc­tion house Di­vide Pic­tures which he founded in 2003 with friend and for­mer tal­ent agent Russ Cun­diff. He an­nounced in March this year that “we sold a show to FOX, a law en­force­ment show that we will be de­liv­er­ing this year”. And Milo may star in it too.

When he does man­age to find a 4

lit­tle down­time, the ac­tor re­stores mus­cle cars, specif­i­cally 1964-1972 mod­els. Like the one Jack is forced to sell in episode 11 of This Is Us (7 Au­gust).

And if you’re won­der­ing, to pro5

nounce his name, “You just take out the G,” he laughs. NB! See p7.

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