In the new Crackle web series Chosen, actor Milo Ventimiglia plays a lawyer and family man who wakes up to find a box on his doorstep with a gun and a photo of a stranger he is instructed to kill within three days time. In case he’s not willing to comply, there’s a gunman waiting nearby to encourage him along.
If that teaser isn’t enough to get you hooked on the series, then read on for Ventimiglia’s pitch on why you should tune in, how digital media is changing the face of television, and where you should go out to dinner tonight (or while watching the show—the beauty of digital media). Chosen premieres today at crackle.com, and you can catch Ventimiglia later this year in Kiss of the Damned and in the upcoming television show L.A. Noir.
How did you get involved with this project?
MILO VENTIMIGLIA: I was so lucky to meet with a director named BK [Ben Ketai] and read a ton of digital projects. This was one of the first ones that really stuck with me. Loving the script made it easy to say yes.
Why should readers check out Chosen?
MV: See the production quality and how it stacks up against real TV shows. I can't tell the difference.
How do you think digital media is changing television?
MV: Viewers are ingesting programming differently nowadays. We've got our computers on our laps, our iPhones and Droids in our hands, and our 60-inch living room wall television is web-ready. The valley between where we watch and what we watch is not so big anymore. Everything is now available online, and ready to watch anywhere you are. That's the benefit of digitally-released shows like Chosen.
What are some of your favorite restaurants and bars in Los Angeles?
MV: El Carmen in Hollywood (8138 W. 3rd St., Hollywood, 323-852-1552), Hugo’s in West Hollywood (8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-654-3993), Shima in Venice (1432 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-314-0882). R+D in Brentwood (1323 Montana Ave., Brentwood, 310-395-3314) and Viet Noodle House on the Eastside (3133 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-906-1575).
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite LA pastime?
MV: I just enjoy the beautiful weather. The best part is it's everywhere: beaches, parks, hills, downtown. Everywhere.