Milo Ventimiglia On Why He Regrets Dating Ex Hayden Panettiere: ‘You Learn From It’

Mr. Porter’s weekly magazine The Journal sits down with actor Milo Ventimiglia this week for a candid look at his life away from the small screen.

Sitting down with the online publication over a plate of avocado toast, the “This Is Us” star looks back on some of his biggest regrets, one of which includes dating actress Hayden Panettiere.

The pair, who began a romantic relationship while they both starred on the global phenomenon that was “Heroes”, were subjected to intense media attention when a then 18-year-old Panettiere and a 30-year-old Ventimiglia went public with their love.

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When asked about what he learned from the relationship, the 40-year-old actor answers bluntly: “Never do it again.”

“There are things that happen to you in your life that shape who you are. Everything I’ve been through from jobs to friendships to partnerships, everything has built me to who I am. You learn from it. You learn a better way of doing things,” he continued. “It wasn’t until my mid to late ’20s that the job wears on you, relationships wear on you. But I wouldn’t change a thing. When you get knocked over the head in life, it builds your perspective.”

The actor, who caught his big break at the age of 24 with “Gilmore Girls”, also opened up about another major regret — dropping out of UCLA. “I realised I had to let school go. There’s always one thing I wish I could have done – finish,” he revealed.

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And when talk turns to having kids in the near or distant future, the star says he’s leaving it all up to fate. “At some point. I’m sure I’ll be a father when I’m meant to be a father. If I never have kids, then I was never meant to have kids as well,” he shared. “In entertainment, sometimes being a known person, you get to pass that on to a larger group of people than just your kin, than just your immediate family. You’re able to, hopefully, give something good out to a larger group of people.”

“This Is Us” returns to NBC Sept. 26.

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