Checking in With Milo Ventimiglia

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tim Kring told us several weeks ago that the ending of Volume 2 was altered due to strike consequences and a desire to reboot the series when it returned. What can you say about the original ending — is it true that the virus was supposed to get out? What ending did you prefer?
It was Tim's intention, I think, to not make people wait much longer. Due to the writers' strike, we were in a position where we're gettin' cut short like everybody else. I think Tim wanted to give some kind of feeling of Hey, we made it. The End. And I think it was the right thing to do. A good thing to do. With regards to the virus getting out or not getting out, at this point it doesn't, so it's kind of a moot point, which seems like an easy answer for me to give. Now I know we're taking a direction that is going away from the virus— from what I understand. The best answers are always gonna come out of Tim's mouth. I mean let's not kid ourselves: I wear make up and read lines for living.

Have you noticed changes in how Heroes fans approach you on the street this season?
For the most part, people still walk up to you with smiles on their faces saying, ''I love it. I love it. I love it.'' Occasionally, you get somebody who kinda looks at you and thinks, Eh, first season was better, but I still watch you guys. You're doing pretty good. I think there are a lot of fans that are begrudgingly hanging in there, very patiently waiting for us…. As a person that's on the show as well as a fan of the show, I always want to get back to the great character moments that drive the series. 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.

Are you at all afraid that the placement of the Heroes table at the Golden Globes ceremony has been put in jeopardy by the lack of nomination?
[Laughs] I don't think we're gonna have a table at the Golden Globes this year because there were no nominations... I know we took a lot of heat on our second season and I'm sure it's part and parcel of why we weren't nominated, but at the same time, there are great shows that were. I think it's one of those things that's going to make us work harder, make us be a little more focused. Last year, we got nominated the first season; which a lot of people were saying doesn't really happen. I remember when we didn't win, I turned to the table and raised my glass and said, ''It's a pleasure and a privilege to work with you guys.'' We all kind of bonded over that. I think we finish up the season on our own terms and not worry about doing it for an award.

Originally posted Dec 14, 2007

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