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Checking in With Milo Ventimiglia

The actor talks about a web series he's producing, and, of course, the ''Heroes'' backlash

MILO VENTIMIGLIA
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MILO VENTIMIGLIA

What's Milo Ventimiglia doing during the writers' strike? Working, actually. He's promoting AE Winter Tales, the surprisingly clever Claymation web series he and partner Russ Cundiff produced for American Eagle Entertainment. (Ventimiglia, Kristen Bell, Pete Wentz, Lil John, and Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki narrate the five festive shorts on ae.com.) He's also shooting roles in two films, and, yes, thanks to last Thursday's Heroes-less Golden Globe nominations, will be asked by EW.com to address the show's best drama series snub. Happy holidays!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The Winter Tales story you narrate is based on real-life experiences, right? [''Home for the Holidays'' follows him on the flight from hell as he sits next to a Gilmore Girls fan who keeps asking him questions like ''Why did you grow your hair out so long, Jess? Was it because Dean made fun of your pompadour 'do?]
MILO VENTIMIGLIA:
Part of it happened to me, part of it happened to [writer-director Adam Green]. I don't want to get into the specifics, but I have felt that uncomfortable feeling of not having the plane ride go the way you want it to.

So you won't tell us about the time that the girl kept calling you Jess and —
[Laughs] That happens every day, what are you talkin' about? I get it all. When people call me Chris Pierce from American Dreams, it definitely gets a big smile from me.

Watch ''Home for the Holidays'':

Are you just chillin' now while the strike is on, or are you working on something new?
I'm pretty busy. I'm doing two features before Christmas. One is called Game, and that's with Gerard Butler and Amber Valletta. It's written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the same guys who did Pathology, the movie I have coming out in the spring.

Who do you play in Game?
A very interesting futuristic character that's not necessarily in control of himself.

''Not necessarily in control of himself''...
I think that's mysterious and cryptic enough.

You're used to answering questions like that.
Totally. And then I'm doing an independent film called Chaos Theory about a guy who leads a very organized life, and someone comes into that life and just sets a downward spiral in motion.

And you play?
I'm the bad guy. I'm not really a good guy in Game either.... Kind of two bad-guy roles for the holidays for me.

The Pathology trailer doesn't make that movie look much sunnier.
The basic plot is forensic pathologists get a God complex and start killing people for sport. My character finds himself with a group of very dark pathologists that play this game, and he has to find his way out of that world, but the only way out is to kill or be killed. It turns into this story where the guy's fighting for his life and the life of the woman he loves [played by Alyssa Milano]. I'm really proud of it. When you spend so much time on a television set, and you've got these long, long, long story lines and long, long story arcs, it was nice to focus on a beginning and an end and really draw an amazingly curt line between the two. [Chuckles]

That leads nicely into a Heroes' question that my colleague Jeff Jensen was kind enough to write out for me to read verbatim.
Jeff is the best.

NEXT PAGE: Ventimiglia on Heroes!
''I'm hoping we get back to the feeling of the first season: that kind of base human emotion, that level where these people that have these abilities are understanding them still.''

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