Milo Ventimiglia is many things: star of NBC's current hit drama "This Is Us," 2000s heartthrob, former Fergie music video star, "Fresh Prince" party goer, pretty talented photographer (have you seen his Instagram?), crooked smile haver (swoon)... He also happens to be a new spokesperson for Timex, which is how I came to live my "Gilmore Girls" superfan dream and cross paths with him at an event for the brand in New York City on Monday, just ahead of of the season-two premiere of "This Is Us".
After taking a second to quash my fangirling and then relay how much team Fashionista loved his GQ suit shoot (and "everything else you've done!" because I have no chill), I very briefly quizzed him on his grooming habits and how hair has been integral to some of his best-known roles.
With "This Is Us," you've had to change up your facial hair a lot. Any tips for how to do that so seamlessly?
I think as long as you keep yourself put together and groomed and cleaned up you'll be ok. But I'm always a slave to my characters, so whatever they need, whether it's a beard or a mustache or long hair, or anything like that.
So was it your choice for "This is Us" to go with the facial hair?
No, it was kind of a collective decision because of the eras that we were jumping around in, and we needed touchstones, kind of markers for each decade that you'd right away know that if Jack has a full beard, he's a younger man with three babies, or if he's got a mustache, oh he's got 10-year-olds now. Or he's got a goatee and some gray in his hair, he's in his 50s now. So there are little, like, touchstones that remind the audience of where he is at different moments as a man.
What about "Gilmore Girls" — there were so many jokes about Jess's hair product. Do you think that came from reality at all, from Amy [Sherman Palladino] and Dan [Palladino, the show's creators and writers]? Or do you think that was just the era when "Gilmore Girls" was on?
I have no idea. I just kind of walked in and flipped my hair up and people said leave it.
Looking back to that time, the early 2000s, do you have any style regrets?
No, I wouldn't say that I have any regrets. But I would encourage guys to be simple and classic.