Milo Ventimiglia Wants to Visit Nick Offerman’s Woodshop

The This Is Us actor compares himself to his character, Jack Pearson, and talks about his own personal design style.


Considering how beloved Jack Pearson is as a character, it’s nice to imagine Milo Ventimiglia, who plays the family man on [This Is Us],( is, at least, somewhat similar to his on-screen persona. Although he’s not a father of three living in Pittsburgh in the 1980s, Ventimiglia does seem to have a number of things in common with his character. They both favor a simple aesthetic, have “a lot of heart,” and are handy around the house. Warning: If you’re not caught up on Season 2, there are spoilers below.

Unfortunately, for fans of the NBC series, Ventimiglia will be getting less screen time, following the death of his character—the result of a house fire in the Pearson family home (their smoke detector had no batteries). Even though producers had braced This Is Us fans for the impending death of Ventimiglia’s character, it nevertheless caused a shock wave through the viewing universe. He understands the reaction. “People love Jack,” says Ventimiglia. “And really bond with this man and this family and embrace him in a way that they mourn his death, like he was a real man and it happened.”

Architectural Digest: What were your thoughts when you first read that your character Jack went back into the house fire?

Milo Ventimiglia: I absolutely expected that of Jack. I mean Jack is someone who is heroic without trying to be heroic. He is going to provide for his family out of the love that he has for them, so it didn’t surprise me at all that he would run back into a burning home to get the dog as well as maybe grab a few prized Pearson pieces of history.

AD: Jack has been described as “America’s Dad.” Do you and Jack have any similarities?

MV: I think we are both a lot of heart, operate on a lot of heart, and try to live as simply as possible. But I think who Jack is, even in his faults and his shortcomings and his mistakes, he is always wanting to try and lead with goodness and inspire some hope. So I try and do the same.

AD: What about in your personal home design? Any sort of similarities with your character there?

MV: You know what, Jack’s time frame of design is a little different than mine. He wears a little bit more flannel than I do, but, fundamentally, I think structurally Jack and I are kind of in the same league. You know: Build a good foundation and hopefully the house will stand.

__AD:__Is there anything you have ever taken from the set that you actually have in your home?

MV: There have been mementos that I have taken from other sets that have been given to me, which I kind of hold pretty close. Every job that I am on I have carried a piece of that character that I have played, and things can range from an article of clothing to a prop, a set of glasses, a lighter, a leather jacket, you know. There are a lot of different things that I hang onto of these men that I play.

AD: How would you describe your design style when it comes to your own home?

MV: Um, [laughs], I need a remodel? No, I do! The home I am in now I have had since I was 25 and I did a full remodel when I was 25: new floors, new doors, new windows, new plumbing, electric, roof, kitchen, two bathrooms, the garage remodeled, hardscape, landscape. I did everything, but now it all reflects me when I was 25 until 15 years later. My aesthetic has grown a little more simple. I think I am inspired by a lot more, and I feel a little confined to the space that I am in as almost a memory box of a time in my life that I don’t really want to mess with, as well as it takes a lot of time and a lot of effort to organize a remodel. So my house is my house the way it is and I am sure when I move out, before I pass it off to my mom and dad, I will do a nice remodel on it for them.

__AD:__So you’re planning on passing it down to your family? That’s very Jack-like of you.

MV: Hopefully, hopefully. Yeah.

__AD:__Jack is pretty handy around the house. Are you handy around the house?

MV: I was raised to be pretty handy. My dad is really handy, so I mean if we weren’t in the garage, we were in the backyard. If we weren’t in the backyard, we were in the house, and houses have a lot of upkeep so it was something that I learned at a very, very young age, was to keep your space functioning. Keep your space clean; keep your space tidy.

AD: Did you ever make a piece of furniture or anything?

MV: No, no. I have never. I have yet to visit Nick Offerman’s wood shop but I would love to. Because he has a wood shop and he builds things: canoes, and chairs and tables, and I think that is incredible, you know?

AD: It seems, in general, you like to keep things pretty simple.

MV: I try. I mean, why complicate life, you know? Keep it as simple as you can.

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