He’s had huge roles from Jess on Gilmore Girls to Jack in This Is Us, but Milo Ventimiglia is no stranger to overcoming dry spells in his career. He recently opened up during an interview with Access Hollywood about his one-year stint of unemployment after NBC’s Heroes ended.

“I’ve had moments where I’ve had to pick myself up. In my early 30s, I couldn’t get hired. I really couldn’t,” he told the news outlet. “I did not work for one calendar year, one entire year, I couldn’t get a job. And, I was really having to re-evaluate what I was going to be doing because, you know, it’s a profession. You need to feed yourself and clothe yourself and have a roof over your head. I was starting to see those things minimize.”

When asked if he thought about giving up, Milo gave a definitive, “Absolutely.” He explained what his escape plan was at the time. He said, “I was going to cash in and move to Italy on my European passport. [I would ] find a farm to work on and, like, buzz my head and grow a beard and ride a motorcycle and live a quiet life.” While that sounds fab, we’re glad he didn’t.

He claims he was “pretty close” to leaving Los Angeles until he got a series of jobs. The movie Static came out in 2012 followed by Kiss of the Damned and That’s My Boy. Milo ended one year of unemployment with three big movies, which is not too shabby.

What did Milo Ventimiglia do before This Is Us
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As far as his future, Milo simply just keeps moving forward. “I look at it like I’m a shark that just has to keep swimming or I will die. If I stop for a moment to understand where I am or how I’m here or what I’ve done to get here — No, just be here. Just be here in this exact moment that you’re in right now because nothing else matters.” So wise, Milo.

He’s a great actor and we love seeing him on our TV screens. Can’t wait to see what’s next, Milo!