Sunday 12Nov06 4:39pm
I'm so in love with the television series Heroes that I have to say that I think it is the best show I have ever watched on TV.
I watched four episodes in a row this weekend and by the end of them I was thinking about Milo Ventimiglia and feeling happy for him that he's got such a stellar gig. Milo played a major character on the series, Gilmore Girls for a couple years and since he's left the show aside from the odd cameo appearance he hasn't really come back in any substantial way.
When ever I read anything about the Gilmore Girls there is always some mention about Milo being asked back and him always declining.
He's said something along the lines that there's no where for his character Jess Mariano to go. When you read about it, if you're a Gilmore Girls fan, you think, "what's he doing? He's not on anything. He might as well make a pay cheque." But Milo has really stuck to his guns and not suckered himself back into a role that isn't going to go anywhere for him. The show is called the Gilmore Girls after all, how much of a role can you give a guy that isn't one of the Gilmore girls?
Anyway, Milo has been jumping around getting bites of shows here and there but nothing that has really lasted. He had a spin off show for his character Jess that never really got past the pilot episode. He also had the Bedford Diaries that never really went anywhere either. So that's why I'm so thrilled to see him in Heroes. As someone with many actor friends, I know how hard it is to have a plan and stick to it without worrying about paying your rent. It couldn't have been easy for him to seemingly sit around waiting for the right project that would have more than 2 episodes air. Be pestered by people telling him he was crazy not to jump at the chance for a gig by returning to Gilmore Girls. It's not easy having a plan and sticking to it despite everybody in your life telling you that you're crazy to wait for the elusive gem that may never cross your path.
I found the whole thing inspiring this weekend. Thinking that he's waited a good three/four years to get this part in a show that could quite possibly be the best show that's ever been on television. And who wouldn't want to play a super hero? Hello!
You have to believe in yourself and what you want and the process of how things come to you. Despite what others tell you they think you should do, where they think you should live, how they think you should act, how they think you should or shouldn't be in a relationship and all the other shoulds that people should on you. Sometimes it is a waiting game. Sometimes it takes years. But belief and patience open doors when you stick to your plan for yourself.