Oliver Hudson Shares Unexpected 'Upside' to Missing Out on 'This Is Us' Role (Exclusive)

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Oliver Hudson missed out on This Is Us, but he has one heckuva fish tale to tell because of it.

On Tuesday, the Splitting Up Together star spoke with ET's Leanne Aguilera at ABC's upfront presentation in New York City about his recent revelation to ET that he skipped out on an audition for the role of Jack Pearson on This Is Us to instead go on a fishing trip.

"I said that in passing and it’s blown up now," he told ET. "I mean, yeah, I was supposed to have a chemistry read and who knows if I would have gotten the show, but I was scheduled to attend a fishing trip and I love to fish and I loved the script, but I love to fish and I chose fishing."

Of course, there's more.

"And I caught a 271-pound tuna, my biggest fish I’ve ever caught," he added. "So there is an upside, you know."

Hudson told ET that he loves the "amazing" Milo Ventimiglia, who not only went on to score the role, but positively kills it.

"That's just the role he should be doing," Hudson said.

Instead, Hudson landed the starring role on Splitting Up Together as one half of a couple that finds their marriage suddenly invigorated in the middle of their divorce. The show was recently renewed by ABC for a second season and Hudson hinted at what may come in season two.

"We’ve been talking about it, because they’re going through this process, and at the end of this season something happens that now we have to take into season two to then figure out how these two people are going to work together in a different way," he said. "That’s sort of what I can say. But more of the same, you know -- what is it like to co-parent and sacrifice and to have different ideas on how things are supposed to be done and how do we communicate those things. It’s all the same themes and it’s funny."

Splitting Up Together returns to ABC for a second season later this year.

For a look back at an amusing Splitting Up Together moment, watch the video below.


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