Milo Ventimiglia Learned So Much From Will Smith After Filming One Line Role on 'Fresh Prince'
Here’s what the 39-year-old This is Us star had to share:
On guest-starring on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air & learning from Will Smith: “It was fun, man. I had one line. You can still go on YouTube, type in ‘Milo Ventimiglia Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,’ and you’ll find it. But the most impactful thing for me being on that set was to see how Will Smith was with his crew. He was coming off of Men in Black, and was already signed up for Men in Black II. He was not just a TV star; he was a movie star already. He knew everyone’s name and was inclusive of everyone and the crew. For me, being that that was my first job, I just watched and soaked up as much as I could. It impacted me and how I am around my sets and my crews. Will Smith is a good man. So I just try to be a good man.” (JJ Note: Watch the hilarious clip below!)
On going bare-bottomed for This is Us: I knew that I was going to be bare-bottomed, but I didn’t know that my ass would precede my face. I honestly didn’t know … it was the first part of the day on the first day. So it was meeting the crew, ‘Hey, how are you, nice to meet you’ and then all of the sudden bare-assed.
On returning for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: “I stayed close with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino. I pretty much would go to the ends of the earth for them. So when Amy called me to say, ‘Hey, we’re doing this,” I was like, “Great. I’ll be there. Just let me know.’ And I let my team of guys know, ‘I’m going back to do this, so whatever I’m working on, let’s just work out the time to do this.’ It wasn’t a decision really based on creativity—like I had a need to play Jess Mariano again—so much as it was exciting to me to be able to speak Amy and Dan’s words again, because I think they’re genius and they’re personal friends. For me it was just another opportunity to get to work with people that I admire, respect, and really love.”
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Milo Ventimiglia on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”