EXCLUSIVE: Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore have the sweetest 'This Is Us' tradition


Milo Ventimiglia admits that even he tears up while watching This Is Us.

ET's Lauren Zima spoke with the 39-year-old actor at the FYC screening and panel for This Is Us on Wednesday in Los Angeles, California, and he revealed that he and co-star Mandy Moore have established a pretty adorable ritual surrounding their emotional NBC show.

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"So, Mandy and I had this tradition where, usually on set, [This Is Us creator] Dan [Fogelman] will walk over and be like, 'I just finished [an episode], and we're like, 'When we're done, can we go watch that please?'"

"So, Mandy and I have this tradition now where we sit and watch the episodes together, which is kinda funny," Ventimiglia added. "There [are] so many moments [where] we were literally just looking at each other and we're both crying -- or she's crying and I'm, like, supportive or vice versa."

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THIS IS US -- 'The Big Three' Episode 102 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Parker Bates as Kevin, Lonnie Chavis as Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Kyle' Episode 103 -- Pictured: Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Trip' Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin, Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Pool' Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Career Days' Episode 106 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as 8 year old Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Parker Bates as 8 year old Kevin, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'The Big Day' Episode 112 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- 'Last Christmas' Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gerald McRaney as Dr. Nathan Katowsky, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Last Christmas' Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mackenzie Hancsicsak as 8 year old Kate, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: (l-r) Parker Bates as 8 year old Kevin, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Kyle' Episode 103 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin, Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Needless to say, Ventimiglia -- who plays loving father and husband Jack Pearson on This Is Us -- has a lot of love for his co-stars and confessed to missing them "like a father misses his kids" when they're not on set or promoting the show together. "Not only is this group of actors one of the most talented groups of actors I've been around, but they are also some of the most incredible human beings," he gushed. "We get these little moments where we get to come together and it's good because we're almost at the moment where we're back in production, which is exciting."

There's been a lot of speculation from fans as to how Ventimiglia's character dies on This Is Us, but he doesn't seem to mind the constant barrage of questions regarding Jack's fate. "I think it keeps them invested in the show, so I welcome any of the questions about Jack's death," he told ET. "I know I can't tell them, 'cause I want them to experience that when we actually do display it."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Mandy Moore attends the 'This Is Us' FYC screening and panel at The Cinerama Dome on June 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Mandy Moore, shoe detail, attends the 'This Is Us' FYC screening and panel at The Cinerama Dome on June 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Mandy Moore attends the 'This Is Us' FYC screening and panel at The Cinerama Dome on June 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Mandy Moore attends Prada Presents 'Past Forward' by David O. Russell premiere at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 15: Mandy Moore and Matthew Broderick chat with James Corden during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Mandy Moore attends the Holiday Of The Heart Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 7, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Mandy Moore attends the NBC and Vanity Fair toast to the 2016-2017 TV season at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Mandy Moore arrives at the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 15, 2016 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Mandy Moore arrives at the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 15, 2016 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Nile Rodgers and Mandy Moore -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Mandy Moore is seen on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Singer/ actress Mandy Moore attends the Hearst launch of HearstLive, a multimedia news installation, at Hearst Tower on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Anchors Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford with Mandy Moore on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Mandy Moore arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Mandy Moore attends The screening of NBC 'This Is Us' at The Tenth Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews presented by The Paley Center For Media, in Beverly Hills, California, on September 13, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0530 -- Pictured: Actress Mandy Moore during an interview on September 9, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Mandy Moore arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
THIS IS US -- 'The Pool' Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 02: Mandy Moore attends the 2016 Summer TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Summer Press Tour, August 2, 2016 -- Party at BOA Steakhouse -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, 'This is Us' -- (Photo by: Mark Davis/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 26: Actress Mandy Moore arrives for The Red Nose Day Special On NBC at Alfred Hitchcock Theater at Universal Studios on May 26, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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Ventimiglia also doesn't have any apprehensions as to how viewers will react to learning of Jack's cause of death. "I feel like if people are so focused on just a man's death, and then they tune out after that, I think they're missing the whole point of the show," he said. "The point of the show is not about death, it's about life. Not only about death, it's about living. It's about relationships and heartbreak and the triumphs and it's kind of everything. If just that single moment is enough to cause people to pause, then they should reassess their relationship with the show."

As for how playing Jack -- often portrayed as the perfect family man -- has changed him, Ventimiglia noted, "I think Jack, for all intents and purposes, has a good approach towards life. He's always leading with his heart, sometimes it doesn't work out, but he's very simple in the way he looks at things. He loves his wife and he loves his kids. I sound like a broken record saying that, but I feel like that's allowed me to simplify my life."

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