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This Is Us: Milo Ventimiglia on nude scene

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NBC’s much anticipated new dramedy This Is Us premiered Tuesday to impressive ratings, and at least some viewers are crediting Milo Ventimiglia’s bottom.

In the first episode’s opening scene — and in the record-breaking trailer, viewed some 26 million times — Ventimiglia is seen completely nude except for a Terrible Towel shielding his nethers.

The script called for his character, Jack, to be in “nothing but his birthday suit,” Ventimiglia said on the latest episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, but he didn’t think he’d actually be naked. “To be honest, I was like, it’s NBC, they’re not going to show anything,” he said. “I’m probably going to have some kind of nude briefs on, and they’ll shoot it in a way that skirts around and implies that I’m naked.”

Instead, when he showed up on set, Ventimiglia was greeted with an itsy bitsy wardrobe. “It’s literally like varying sizes of nude-colored cloth and tape,” he recalled. “I was like, ‘Okay, so I guess that’s what they want to do? So sure, no problem, great, I’m cool with it. I’ve got a great trainer who does well for me… I think my ass was prepared.”

Indeed. And Ventimiglia thinks it should be rewarded — with its own IMDB page. For more on Ventimiglia’s derriere, see the full clip above.

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This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, and moves to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11.