Both a veteran actor and an actual veteran — he enlisted in the Air Force in 1987 and served as an aircraft nuclear/conventional weapons specialist for eight years — Huertas portrays Miguel Rivas, the late Jack Pearson’s best friend on the NBC show “This Is Us.” After Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) dies, Miguel gets romantically involved with Jack's widow, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), and this is where fans’ beef with the character begins. "Our writers trust that they know how to tell the story and when 'the moment' will be right.". “I often think about what the legacy of this character will be and how he may educate others,” Huertas said. It touches everybody in the household.”, He’s not planning more Clutches at the moment, but Huertas says he has fantasized about opening “a really cool café.” And — no surprise — he wants it to feel like a person’s own living room, not like a business. How could you ever grow to love, much less forgive, Miguel? For the upcoming season, Jon's mission is this: Make Miguel more likable. We want to hear from you! Too much fun. For the latest news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. He wrote on Instagram: “#dontbelievethehype @nbcthisisus is prepping to begin shooting this fall! Everyone breathe. Aspirational family and community feel like throughlines in Huertas’ life; “This Is Us” is all about the way family interacts in loving and challenging ways, which is part of its appeal, he says. "Mandy and I are in our chairs next to each other, and you have to put your body in all kinds of positions to get the wrinkles on your neck, the wrinkles under your eyes. “It’s always tough to play a character that’s considered unlikeable,” Huertas, 50, tells NBC News. Miguel does subvert stereotypes by being a wealthy, successful character. It's not like Mission Impossible," Jon quips. Huertas said he had spoken to SAG-AFTRA and it is working on guidelines for how to return safely. But until that cool, comfortable, communal brand can expand, Huertas still wants to do at least one thing: Feed his “This Is Us” family. But not every older person has that," Jon relays. Heading into its fifth season, NBC’s hit remains the highest-rated scripted series on … “When they first changed the character’s name, I was a little surprised and didn’t have a completely positive reaction,” Huertas said. Don't believe us? The role of Miguel has proved challenging in other ways. "The most challenging thing is making the character feel older but believable. Too many laughs. Amanda Leighton as Sophie, Logan Shroyer as Kevin, Jon Huertas as Miguel, Mandy Moore as Rebecca in Season 4 of "This is Us." Participants included Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and actor Jon Huertas, who plays Miguel Rivas on NBC’s This Is Us. Having been a lead on shows such as Generation Kill, Castle, This Is Us, and in the military film The Objective, Huertas is well-known for the depth of his talent. Jon Huertas was born on October 23, 1969 in New York, New York, USA as Jon William Scott Hofstedt. Launch dates for broadcast, cable and streaming programs, Up-to-date lists for broadcast, cable and streaming series, Pandemic-proof vs. pandemic-contingent broadcast lineups, Signup for Breaking News Alerts & Newsletters, Get our latest storiesin the feed of your favorite networks. "I can't stand Miguel," another remarked. Why trust us? And then, there's the removal of said makeup after shooting for 12-14 hours. During Wednesday’s film and television industry Zoom roundtable with Governor Gavin Newsom, This Is Us actor Jon Huertas said that after talking to show creator Dan Fogelman, the NBC drama may not return to production until January 2021 in case of a second wave of COVID-19. Don’t worry, #thisisus is raring to go!”. So ... maybe Miguel isn't your favorite on This Is Us. ", 21 Pumpkin Faces to Carve or Design This Halloween, 75 Creative Couple Halloween Costumes for Any Duo, 40+ Seriously Cute Halloween Cupcake Ideas, 32 Epic '80s Costumes to Try This Halloween. So far, the distance between the restaurant and the studio where it shoots is too far a drive to randomly bring over food, but he has a plan. "I hope they react in a positive way." From an acting standpoint, he explains how hard he's worked to develop Miguel in two different life stages. And so while everyone else gets to go to their trailers, take their costumes off, and get back to their lives, Mandy and Jon head back to the makeup chairs to begin the process of de-aging.