“It’s a pretty big answer,” Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack in the past, tells ET of his character’s fate. “Now comes all the questions, now comes all the speculation. For all of us on this side of things, now comes the moment where we get to open the story up and really let people into the lives of Jack and Rebecca and the kids.”
It’s funny, it doesn’t really impact me. I don’t think people walk around with an overarching thought that we’re going to die until we really accept it, that at one point we will. So how am I using my days here? How is every conversation that I have or every hug that I share or every laugh that I have an impactful moment? How can you inspire the people that you’re around? I don’t think Jack knows -- even though we do on the production end that he’s going to die -- but I think Jack is someone who lives positively through life, lives fully through life. He’s not a sideline kind of dad or husband, he’s active and present. Now that we know that Jack is not around in the present day, I think about how he must have been as a father to impact those kids to where they’re still talking about him regularly in the present day or possibly how great he’d been as a husband to where Rebecca’s still wearing the necklace he gave her.
(Laughs.) I think when [creator] Dan [Fogelman] wills it, when he decides that it’s right for the audience to know at what point Jack stopped being a teacher for his children or being a husband to his wife.
I think when we found out where Jack met his end, as well as where Jack was with Rebecca and where Jack was possibly potentially with Miguel, it’s all to be discovered.
It’s going to break a lot of hearts. Just stick with it because Jack’s not gone, he’s just a memory.
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