Milo Ventimiglia has proved that he鈥檚 REALLY good at tugging on the heartstrings when he鈥檚 playing Jack Pearson on This Is Us. It鈥檚 also been nice to see him exhibit some of that sensitivity IRL, whether it鈥檚 in how he handles being a sex symbol (using the status to represent what a good man looks like), or in admitting one major way he鈥檚 different than his character Jack (he wouldn鈥檛 have held his wife back from her dreams IRL).

At a recent Paleyfest panel, Ventimiglia broke down in tears as he revealed the biggest inspiration behind both his on- and off-screen self.

鈥淗ere we go, you鈥檙e going to find me crying,鈥 Ventimiglia said when a fan asked where the inspiration for playing his character comes from. 鈥淢y father.鈥

He pointed to his parents, Peter and Carol, who happened to be in the crowd.

鈥淭here鈥檚 not a moment in my life where I don鈥檛 think about how he raised us, my sisters and I,鈥 he said as the crowd 鈥 also weeping at this point 鈥 cheered and he got so choked up he could hardly keep going.

鈥淪o, my dad.鈥


鈥淸This Is Us writer] Dan Fogelman and all the producers and writers wrote this man who loves his wife and loves his kids, really as simple as that,鈥 Ventimiglia explained. 鈥淎nd I saw that in my own father.鈥

Welp, it just wouldn鈥檛 be something to do with This Is Us if there wasn鈥檛 non-stop blubbering, would it?

Who is your inspiration in life? Let us know @BritandCo!

(h/t Entertainment Weekly, photos via Emma McIntyre, Kevin Winter/Getty)