‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia’s Favorite Food Explains 1 Jack Pearson Moment

Milo Ventimiglia stars in This Is Us as Jack Pearson. The Pearson family patriarch entices fans through his touching moments with his wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and children Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Randall (Sterling K Brown). Additionally, the actor became a heartthrob through his role. In Nov. 2018, Ventimiglia revealed what he eats to make sure Jack looks good. 

Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia on the set of This Is Us season 1
Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack on ‘This Is Us’| Vivian Zink/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

‘This Is Us’ star Milo Ventimiglia has different eating habits than Jack Pearson

Ventimiglia, 39,  landed the role of Jack around 2016. He was best known for playing Jess Mariano in Gilmore Girls and Peter Petrelli in Heroes. Although he initially didn’t think he would get the job, the actor agreed to play the character. 

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In Sept. 2016, This Is Us debuted on NBC. Some fans fell in love with Jack’s long hair, scruffy beard, and sculpted physique instantly. The Opposite Sex alum even became one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive in 2017. His co-stars and TV sons, Brown and Hartley, were also celebrated. 

During Ventimiglia’s Nov. 2018 cover story for Men’s Journal, the actor shared one of the secrets to his rock-hard abs. The NBC star said his mantra when it comes to food is to “be healthy and eat good stuff.” When asked what he enjoys eating, Ventimiglia said he mostly eats “beans and rice, or different kinds of pasta” at home. Unlike his character, who ate big, family meals, the actor revealed he prefers snacking on foods like almonds rather than cooking.

“I feel like I’m more of a snack guy than a big meal guy,” he said. 

How Milo Ventimiglia’s diet benefitted him on ‘This Is Us’ 

On the pilot episode of This Is Us, fans watched as Rebecca gave birth to the Big Three on Jack’s birthday. However, before she gave birth, Jack decided to wear nothing but a Pittsburgh Steelers towel in honor of his special day. The scene was something Ventimiglia didn’t see coming, per Entertainment Weekly

“To be honest, I was like; it’s NBC, they’re not going to show anything,” he said. 

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Ventimiglia ended up showing his bare butt on screen. However, the actor’s physical trainer, Jason Walsh, said they didn’t need to do any extra workouts for him to get camera-ready. Additionally, Ventimiglia’s eating habits helped keep his physique intact. 

“We really didn’t change much; we just kept doing our normal routine,” Walsh told People. “Milo has always been dedicated to his workouts.”

The Jack Pearson actor flaunted his body again  in ‘This Is Us’ season 4

Following the pilot episode of This Is Us, Ventimiglia’s career skyrocketed. The Jack Pearson actor landed other roles while on the show, including playing Jennifer Lopez’s love interest in Second Act. Ventimiglia also has a net worth of $12 million. In 2018, his salary per episode on This Is Us reportedly jumped from $125,000 to $250,000. 

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The actor’s new payday didn’t stop him from dropping down to a towel once more. During season 4 of This Is Us, he replicated Jack’s nude scene from the pilot episode. However, he and Rebecca were interrupted by the Big Three, who were toddlers in the flashback scene.