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Milo Ventimiglia's Biggest Physical Imperfection

Country Living logo Country Living 2/14/2018 Kelly O'Sullivan

a man sitting at a table © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Ironically, now people LOVE the little imperfection.

This Is Us fans can all agree: Jack Pearson is perfection in human form. Therefore, by default, so is the actor who plays his character: Milo Ventimiglia. 

That's why it's so surprising to hear that in the beginning of his acting career, Ventimiglia faced regular criticism about the way he looked.

"People told me: 'Could you stop doing that thing with your mouth where your lip is going down?'" the actor recalled in an interview with People. "And I’d be like: ‘Hey, I was born that way."

It turns out that Ventimiglia's iconic, swoon-worthy grin is the result of dead nerves on one side of his face. He says that in auditions, he was always asked to correct his "crooked mouth" - meaning the fact that one side of his bottom lip didn't move.

"When I was young, I used to really talk out of the side of my face - it was that pronounced," he explains. “I saw a quick interview when I was a kid on the local news channel...and I remember saying to my mom: 'Mom, what’s going on? What's wrong? That’s how I talk? That’s what I look like when I talk?'"

He couldn't believe it. From that point forward, the young actor was determined to fix his facial imperfection. He would sit in front of a mirror and read a book to himself to try to figure out a way to speak without the slant looking so pronounced.

These days, the quirk only pops out occasionally, like if Ventimiglia is "running and yelling in a scene." Regardless, the actor seems to have accepted his charming "flaw" (if you would even call it that!).

"It’s who I am, you know? I’ve got a crooked mouth.”

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