This Is Us fans had been dreading the moment that they would finally have to face fan favorite character Jack’s death.
While the hit series’ latest episode didn’t exactly address the cause of his death, it did give glimpses of the funeral, and actor Milo Ventimiglia who plays the pivotal role opened up about witnessing his character’s funeral. “I think the thing for me that resonated the most was just the pain of others. I can’t look at it as Jack’s loss of life just because, well, I’m Jack. So, I was looking at it through the lens of Kate, of Chrissy, of Hannah (who plays teenage Kate), of Mackenzie, and understanding that at 36, Kate is still feeling the tremors of her father’s passing.”
He added that being at the shoot for the funeral scenes was actually very difficult. “It was surreal because I’m staring at my face and urn, in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. But at the same time, I knew that how Dan and Ken [Olin, the director] have been talking about how they wanted it to be shot and shown, it was a mystery. They didn’t want to give away too much. But … it was a somber moment like anything else … I never want to get in the way, but I’d show up on off times and I photograph. I was there, and I was trying to stay out of Mandy’s eye line, but I got this photo of Mandy and the kids, and oh my God, it was like … you just see pain in her eyes, and it hurt me. It hurt me to witness that.”
Read his full interview here.