While Heroes was shut out of the Golden Globe nominations last week, Milo Ventimiglia believes the show can shake off its sophomore slump – and he tells fans that in person whenever he can.
“For the most part, people still walk up to you with smiles on their faces saying, ‘I love it. I love it. I love it,’ ” the 30-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly. “Occasionally, you get somebody who kinda looks at you and thinks, ‘Eh, first season was better, but I still watch you guys. You’re doing pretty good.’ “
What does he tell those fans? “As a person that’s on the show as well as a fan of the show … I’m hoping we get back to the feeling of the first season,” he says.
Other fans recognize Ventimiglia from his earlier roles on Gilmore Girls and American Dreams. In fact, in a new animated video (part of a series Ventimiglia has produced for American Eagle Entertainment), a Claymation version of the actor is seen being hounded by a Gilmore Girls fan on an airplane – a scene apparently snipped from real life.
“I get it all,” Ventimiglia tells EW. “When people call me Chris Pierce from American Dreams, it definitely gets a big smile from me.”
As for the Golden Globes snub, Ventimiglia says that’s just added motivation for the cast.
“I think it’s one of those things that’s going to make us work harder, make us be a little more focused,” he says. “I remember when we didn’t win [last year], I turned to the table and raised my glass and said, ‘It’s a pleasure and a privilege to work with you guys.’ We all kind of bonded over that.”