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The seeds of This Is Us may have been planted long before Mandy Moore was craving candy or Jess Mariano started running his hands through his hair. They may have taken root back in 1996 with an ill-fated series called EZ Streets.
The show lasted all of nine episodes and starred thirtysomething‘s Ken Olin, who now produces and directs This Is Us. In one short scene, he’s giving a beautiful woman a long look and flashing back to kissing her as a teen. And what young actor was playing young Olin? Well, none other than Milo Ventimiglia.
“It’s a very sweet scene,” Ventimiglia said after bringing up the cameo during a This Is Us panel — moderated by EW’s own Henry Goldblatt — at ATX Television Festival on Friday. “You see Ken there looking young, strapping… and then it flashes back to a literally 14-year-old-lookin’ Milo.”
“He plays a young version of the character, and he’s great,” Olin said. “He’s better in the six seconds that he’s on than I am in a minute and a half of me trying to be earnest.”
“I was just honoring you, man,” Ventimiglia responded.
Watch the clip above from EZ Streets, which was created by Oscar-winner Paul Haggis, to see Ventimiglia’s brief appearance as a young Olin.