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Milo Ventimiglia started tearing up talking about how his own Dad is basically Jack from 'This Is Us'

WE'RE NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING.

By Grace O'Neill
Milo Ventimiglia Tears Up Talking About This Is Us Dad

This Is Us is basically the best, most heart-wrenching TV show in the history of TV shows. That isn't a matter of debate, that's a matter of historical document. Buuuuut if you put a gun to our heads and forced us to criticise the series for one thing, it would be that it has set incredibly high (read: impossible) expectations for us in terms of what we want out of a husband/boyfriend. Toby? Basically the best boyfriend ever. Randall? The coolest Dad ever. Even Kevin has some cute AF moments (THINK OF THE PIE THING. And the wife thing).

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But Jack — perfect perfect Jack — takes the cake. In fact, I'm pretty sure there's going to be a scientifically documented phenomena called "The Jack Effect" in which women in 2017 leave their mediocre BFs en masse because of the idea that a man who will treat them like Jack treats Rebecca exists in the world.

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Yes, he has his flaws (many of which come to light in the heart-wrenching finale), but as a rule Jack is the closest thing to a "perfect" husband and father as we've seen on screen. And Milo Ventimiglia knows this. When asked at a panel discussion for This Is Us about the high expectations Jack had set for men in terms of father/husband goals, Milo got all choked-up talking about how the character of Jack is based on his actual dad. Added points: His dad was SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE.

The audio on this tape is pretty sketchy, so here's what Milo actually says: "[The show's creator] Dan Fogelman wrote this man who loves his wife and loves his kids, really simple as that. And I saw that..." (This is where Milo stars tearing up and our hearts start breaking into 1,000 pieces.) "I saw that in my own father. And there's not a moment of my life where I don't think about how he raised us, my sisters and I, and what he gave me, just as a man. So, my dad [inspired Jack]."

Here's some actual footage of me after watching that:

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So now, let's look at an unlimited stream of what I will affectionately call, #JackPorn. Or, all the times Jack was the man of your actual dreams:

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R.I.P me.