Milo Ventimiglia talks holiday favorites, 'This is Us,' and Kelly Blue Book's Best Buy Awards

If there is anyone that knows a thing or two about cars, it's 'This is Us' star, Milo Ventimiglia. 

We recently sat down with the Emmy-nominated actor and talked about some of his holiday favorites, 'This is Us' storylines and why he decided to partner up with Kelly Blue Book.

"Kelly Blue Book had helped me in every purchase of car since I was a kid," said the actor. The site is the ultimate source that allows consumers to research and shop. Kelly Blue Book recently revealed it’s 2018 Best Buy Awards to honor the best model-year vehicles in the U.S. in 12 major categories. "I think it's nice to have a gold standard like Kelly Blue Book, unbiasedly, giving information to potential buyers."

Ventimiglia reveals that even though his first car was a 1987 Toyota Tercel Hatchback he only started to nickname his cars until he was about 22. "When I got my classic, I got a 1967 Chevelle Supersport, her name is Evelyn."

A classic that even Jack Pearson would get behind the wheel of! In "This Is Us" Milo Ventimiglia's character sells his beloved 1970 Chevy Chevelle to help pay for his family's new home in season one, which in fact, is Ventimiglia's very own car!

As the show's season two came to a cliff-hanging end for its fall finale, we got to see the Big Three in a way we hadn't before with each individual storyline more gut-wrenching and heartbreaking than the last. 

As for Ventimiglia's favorite Big Three storyline? He doesn't have one.

"You know to see Kevin experience pain when he’s just constantly celebrated, to see Kate go through loss but also fight through and decide she still wants to have a baby, to see Randall still weighing out his adoption story and his desire to give a kid a home because he was offered a home," explains the actor. "You know there are so many moments for all of them that I, like a proud papa, am proud of their decisions in life, and heartbroken over some decisions because you don't want to let your kids feel pain."

Ventimiglia says that he's very grateful to the producers for constantly giving them good material -- especially giving the Big Three each a full 44 minutes to each let them "live" with their character. 

"Watching [the show], I find myself laughing -- laughter that turns into tears," says the actor. "There is not one moment on that show that I haven't thought to myself 'this is so cool' -- even the harder moments."

One of the most surprising elements of working on this show for Ventimiglia? The fan reaction.

"The conversation that the show creates -- I think that's been the nicest thing -- knowing that it's just not watching the show for an hour, people are taking what they are seeing and plugging it into their own lives," says the actor. "The relationships, their families, they are trying to do better, trying to be more communicative -- they're trying to be more inclusive when everything in today's culture is kind of splitting us apart. I hope people take it and pass it on."

Milo Ventimiglia through the years
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Milo Ventimiglia through the years
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 23: Actors Milo Ventimiglia attends Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2015 - Day 4 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls) (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Milo Ventimiglia at the Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Presenters Jared Padalecki, Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia for Choice TV Reality Scariest Moment (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage)
Milo Ventimiglia during 20th Century Fox Emmy After Party At Morton's at Morton's Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Merritt/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 1: Actor Milo Ventimiglia and actress Alexis Bledel speak during the EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund honoring Melissa Etheridge at Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening on March 1, 2006 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Milo Ventimiglia during 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival - 'Civic Duty' Premiere - After Party at BED Nightclub in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
HEROES -- Pilot -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli (Photo by Mitch Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Milo Ventimiglia (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
Antonio Tarver and Milo Ventimiglia during MGM Pictures, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios present the World Premiere of 'Rocky Balboa' at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for MGM)
Milo Ventimiglia during 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
HEROES -- 'Five Years Gone' Episode 20 -- Aired 4/30/07 --Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli, Ali Larter as Niki/Jessica Sanders (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Milo Ventimiglia at the Cabana Club in Burbank, California (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Actor Milo Ventimiglia arrives at the party to celebrate 'The Circle' and 'Welcome To Your Crisis' author Laura Day at ONE Sunset restaurant on June 19, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 23: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Actor Milo Ventimiglia makes an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live on July 23, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Milo Ventimiglia arrives at the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Emmys/Getty Images for FOX)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Milo Ventimiglia attends the Race To Fight Epilepsy event which started off at the Skirball Centre by celebrities driving off in Lamborghini's on November 14, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 15: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actor Milo Ventimiglia appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios April 15, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 10: Actor Milo Ventimiglia attends the Whaleman Foundation Benefit Dinner at Beso on August 10, 2008 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Milo Ventimiglia arrives at the Heroes For Autism Event at the Avalon Hollywood on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Actor Milo Ventimiglia arrives at the One Club's 2nd Annual One Show Entertainment Awards on February 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 04: Actor Milo Ventimiglia arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'That's My Boy' held at Regency Village Theatre Westwood on June 4, 2012 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Milo Ventimiglia Visits 'What's Trending' on February 21, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Milo Ventimiglia attends the Crackle's season 2 premiere of original digital series 'Chosen' held at the Pacific Theaters at the Grove on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 21: Actor Milo Ventimiglia attends Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2015 - Day 2 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on August 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

And for his holiday favorites with family? 

"Chocolate trifle for Christmas, it's a desert. It's three layers of chocolate cake, vanilla pudding with whipped cream and crushed up square bars and then repeat that three times," says the actor. "It's amazing, my mom only makes it once a year and it's the best."

And to top off an epic dessert? Watching one of his holiday favorites including "A Christmas Story" or "Die Hard" -- which he claims is definitely a Christmas movie.

But what takes the cake are personal, handwritten notes to both give and receive as gifts. "Things that represent the person or what you are trying to convey to someone, are often the best gifts."






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