Oliver Hudson apparently turned down his This Is Us callback to go fishing

While we dig him as Jenna Fisher’s ex on Splitting Up Together, we’re shocked to learn that Oliver Hudson very well could have been Jack Pearson on This Is Us. You read that right — the part wasn’t always in the bag for Milo Ventimiglia.

Hudson revealed that he was close to playing the father of the Big Three, but one thing set him back — he didn’t attend the callback to read with Mandy Moore since he already had a 10-day fishing trip planned.

"They wanted me to come and do a chemistry read with Mandy Moore, but this will tell you how much I love to fish," he admitted to Keltie Knight on her May 14th LadyGang podcast. "I had a 10-day fishing trip planned, and it’s my life. Fishing is a big part of my life and it was this 10-day fishing trip."

His agent tried to talk him out of it, but Hudson wouldn’t budge.

"My agent said, ‘We got a test. They really like you,’ and I said, ‘Ooh, I’m supposed to be going on a fishing trip.’ He’s like, ‘OK. So? This is a big thing.’ And I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to do my fishing trip."

Now that’s commitment.


We’re currently trying to imagine Hudson as our beloved Jack — and it’s admittedly tough. We just can’t imagine anyone but Ventimiglia in the role (though to be fair, we initially had our doubts about Jess Mariano playing a dad of three…so who knows).

Hudson admitted that when he first saw the This Is Us ratings, he had a reaction of “oh sh*t,” so we hope he — at the very least — caught a few good fish on that trip.

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