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'This Is Us' star Hannah Zeile says Milo Ventimiglia and peanut butter helped cure her hiccups while filming the Pearson house fire scene

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 2022-05-18
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Hannah Zeile and Milo Ventimiglia.
  • Hannah Zeile told Insider she had hiccups while filming the 2018 "This Is Us" Super Bowl episode.
  • After scaring her didn't work, Milo Ventimiglia asked someone on set to get her peanut butter.
  • She ate it and was cured, but experts told Insider there's no scientific reason why it works.

Even the most heartbreaking events in TV history have anecdotes behind them that will make you laugh out loud.

During an interview with Insider in February, " This Is Us" star Hannah Zeile , who plays Kate Pearson as a teenager and young adult on the hit family drama, shared a funny memory she has from filming a scene from the Pearson house fire episode, which aired on February 4, 2018 — Super Bowl Sunday .

"I remember we were about to do this scene where Milo, Mandy, Niles and I crawl through the window," Zeile said. "And I just got the worst case of hiccups for no reason."

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"This Is Us."

The episode, titled "Super Bowl Sunday," was a pivotal one in the series. It provided viewers with the answer to the most burning question "This Is Us" ever posed — what happened to Jack Pearson?

"We were really working with real fire. We were doing really late night shoots till like 4:00 a.m. And I tried to do as many of my own stunts as I could," Zeile said. "We were so aware of how important this was going to be, because we had spent so much time building Jack's death up that we knew it was very important to get this right."

In other words, it was not the time for hiccups.

Zeile's castmates tried to help her out, popping out of places to scare her and encouraging her to drink water, but nothing was working. Zeile said she couldn't focus on the intensity of escaping the fire through the window while hiccuping.

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Hannah Zeile on "This Is Us."

And then her TV dad Milo Ventimiglia came to the rescue, just like Jack does for Kate on the night of the fire when he rescues the family dog, increasing the amount of time he inhaled smoke and leading to his fatal heart attack .

"And then Milo, all of a sudden was like, 'Can somebody bring her a spoon of peanut butter?'" Zeile told Insider."And I was like, 'I'm not hungry.'"

He told her it would get rid of her hiccups, so she tried it. "I just know that I ate the spoonful of peanut butter and my hiccups went away and then we were ready to roll," she said, noting that she didn't remember the science that Ventimiglia said was behind it.

Insider looked into the science behind curing the hiccups, and it turns out Ventimiglia's advice was just lucky — peanut butter isn't a fail-safe cure.

Hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm with many causes, according to Dr. Eric Voigt, who Insider spoke to in 2016 . So, he recommended trying tasks that will force you to move your diaphragm differently when you have them. He also suggested holding your breath or drinking a glass of water from the opposite side, which forces muscles to contract in a way that stops hiccups.

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Moore and Zeile as Rebecca and Kate Pearson.

As for why slowly eating peanut butter sometimes helps people cure their hiccups, internist Tyler Cymet told The Guardian in 2014 , "The peanut butter is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy, where you're controlling your breathing and thinking about what you're doing instead of getting anxious."

Ventimiglia may not be a scientist, but he is a great acting mentor according to Zeile.

She recalled some of the best advice he ever gave her while they were filming the scene where Jack tells Kate he's an alcoholic in season two, episode two.

"He just said, 'Really just hear what Jack is saying. Really just listen,'" she said, remembering him reminding her not to think too much about what she was doing. The small direction helped Zeile zoom into what Kate was really feeling the moment she learned that her hero was more flawed than she ever imagined.

The final season of "This Is Us" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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