Milo Ventimiglia Told Teen Actor Kevin Logan Shroyer He Could Be Waiting ‘Years’ For His Next Acting Gig


It’s us Star Logan Shroyer, who plays the teenage version of Kevin Pearson, has revealed he’s actually closest to Milo Ventimiglia, who plays his father, Jack, on the award-winning series. He recently recalled the advice he received from Hero star.

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Logan Shroyer revealed the advice he received from ‘This Is Us’ co-star Milo Ventimiglia

The actor who played Kevin Pearson during his teenage years, Logan Shroyer, opened up about his strong relationship with Milo Ventimiglia, who plays his father, Jack, in a May 2022 interview with TODAY.

The teenager named him as the co-star he has the “deepest conversations” with, calling him a “very great resource of wisdom”.

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Shroyer spoke about the “incoherent” nature of the entertainment industry, pointing out that most “A-list” actors go through periods where they don’t land any gigs.

The teenager recalled Ventimiglia’s words, remembering his on-screen father advising him, “Don’t wait by the phone. Carry on life. Travel, experiment, keep developing your craft, and eventually something will appear if you persevere.

Shroyer previously compared his John-Boy ‘The Waltons’ to Kevin on ‘This Is Us’

Produced in the 1970s, The Waltons is a drama depicting the 1930s. Shroyer portrayed John-Boy in CW Return of the Waltons and believes there is a connection between the two.

Speaking at a November 2021 Zoom panel for the remake, he explained that he doesn’t think he “approached” the characters the same way, despite the resemblance. He pointed out that Kevin (It’s us) “perhaps tends to be more selfish”, making him a more polarizing character.

However, the teenager also noted that his character “had these kinds of big hardships early in his life, and he didn’t handle it well.” Therefore, viewers watch him pull himself together as he ages, “hopefully.” On the other hand, John Boy Walton has unwavering loyalty to his loved ones.

Shroyer described the character as “more of a servant, I would say, maybe to his family” due to his importance. “It’s obviously the conflict between his passion for writing and the kind of responsibility of the man as it is in the 30s”, pointing out that the differences in time periods could also play a role in why Kevin and John Boy operate in very contrasting ways.

Shroyer almost missed the ‘This Is Us’ audition

Since September 2016, Shroyer has portrayed Kevin as a teenager for all six seasons of It’s usfrom 14 to 18.

Meanwhile, Kevin faces the end of his football career due to injury and spiraling into alcoholism after the unexpected death of his father.

After high school, he married his childhood sweetheart, Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge), before moving across the country to pursue an acting career. However, he cheated on his wife, which resulted in a divorce.

Shroyer almost didn’t portray the teenage version. In an interview with People, he revealed that he received a “super last minute” call for the audition, but almost decided not to go due to a doctor’s appointment. However, he canceled, noting, “I have to do this.” It’s us airs Tuesdays on NBC.

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