Milo Ventimiglia may claim that there are significant differences between himself and his This Is Us character (differences we totally love, TBH) while also having聽a strangely sweet reaction to the聽sex-symbol status聽that has come along with his renewed success, but one of our fave TV-crushes聽just revealed a detail about his beloved-yet-doomed character, Jack, that would have聽absolutely ruined the show.

Milo Ventimiglia

鈥淭hey wanted somebody completely different,鈥 the 39-year-old聽told Variety, admitting that the folks behind the scenes were looking for someone totally unlike Ventimiglia when they went into the casting process.聽He added, 鈥淚 walked in with my beard and my long hair and set my motorcycle helmet down and they went, 鈥榃ho is this guy?鈥欌

Milo Ventimiglia

鈥淭his guy鈥 was not only a former Gilmore Girls star, but he聽also turned out to be the man who has brought Jack to life (while telling the story of his eventual death). Thankfully, he was able to win the big bosses over, saying, 鈥淚 think they just saw something different than someone who had practiced the words, and they picked me.鈥 And we鈥檙e so glad that they did.

We鈥檒l be able to see Milo Ventimiglia once again as Jack when This Is Us returns to NBC for its second season on Tuesday, September 19.

Can you imagine anyone else playing Jack in This Is Us? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Variety; photos via Dia Dipasupil/Getty, NBC)