"Whenever someone would say to me, 'I was bummed I didn't find out,' I would say, 'I'm disappointed you didn't focus on his life,' " says Milo Ventimiglia

By Aurelie Corinthios
June 07, 2017 02:16 PM

If you were outraged by the ongoing mystery of Jack’s death after the season finale of This Is Us, Milo Ventimiglia has a message for you.

“It bothered me that people were so wrapped up in wanting to know [about] Jack’s death,” the actor tells the New York Post. “Whenever someone would say to me, ‘I was bummed I didn’t find out,’ I would say, ‘I’m disappointed you didn’t focus on his life.’ ”

“People are dissatisfied no matter what,” he says. “If Jack dies: ‘Why did you kill him?’ If Jack lives: ‘Why didn’t you show us how he died?’ ”

“People just need to calm down … and understand that things are going to unfold as they’re supposed to unfold,” he adds.

So does Ventimiglia himself know the details of his character’s demise?

“I know how [Jack dies], I know when, I know why,” says the actor, 39. “It didn’t sway me at all. [Executive producer Dan] Fogelman said to me, ‘Milo, don’t worry. Just because Jack is dead in the present day doesn’t mean you’re going to be off the show.’ ”

FROM PEN: Justin Hartley Has Fake Spoilers for This Is Us Fans

One thing that’s certain? When season 2 begins filming in July, Ventimiglia will be just as powerful a presence on set as he was before.

“I try to show up even on the days I’m not working,” he explains. “I do a lot of photography behind the scenes. I shoot everything on film [that takes place] in the past and everything on digital [that takes place] in the present. I try to be around, be that Papa Pearson.”

This Is Us returns to NBC this fall.