Milo Ventimiglia has us counting our lucky stars, once again. The man who plays two of our favorite TV love interests 鈥 Gilmore Girls鈥 Jess Mariano and This Is Us鈥檚 Jack Pearson 鈥 revealed that we almost lived in a world in which he played neither.

Milo Ventimiglia

Actually, he almost played no one at all, ever. In an interview with People and Entertainment Weekly, Ventimiglia detailed the three times he got so fed up with his career that he almost quit acting: twice to become an auto mechanic and once to ride around Italy on his motorcycle. Fortunately, fate was on our side. Erm 鈥 his side.

Feeling frustrated with his acting prospects, Ventimiglia almost gave up his dream to focus on a more steady profession: car repairs. He explained all too practically, 鈥淚n Southern California there鈥檚 this auto school and it鈥檚 advertised, 鈥楨verybody needs mechanics, because they need those cars fixed,鈥 and I鈥檓 like, 鈥楾hat鈥檚 a job that鈥檚 going to be in demand, so why don鈥檛 I learn more than I already know about cars and professionally fix cars.鈥欌

Luckily for us, that鈥檚 when Gilmore Girls came along. Years later, the actor toyed with the idea of becoming a mechanic again after a failed Gilmore Girls spin-off and because 鈥渢he business was getting in the way.鈥

That time, Rocky Balboa and Heroes stepped in to save the day, and roles in the film and TV show kept Ventimiglia in the game for that much longer.

The most recent averted-crisis took place before This Is Us came along. He was ready to leave behind both acting and his auto dreams.

鈥淭he third time I was gonna quit I was like, 鈥榊ou know what, I gotta leave the country, because this is just killing me, this business,鈥欌 he said. 鈥淚 have dual citizenship with Italy. I was like, 鈥業鈥檓 gonna sell everything, I鈥檓 going to fly to Rome, I鈥檓 gonna buy a motorcycle, I鈥檓 going to ride around until I can find a farm I can work on. I鈥檓 going to shave my head, I鈥檓 gonna grow a beard, and I鈥檓 going to work on a farm 鈥 just lead a very different life very far away,鈥 he said.

Truthfully, that sounds pretty great, but we鈥檙e all too relieved that Ventimiglia decided to make us ugly cry on a weekly basis instead.

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