LOVE, VICTOR star Michael Cimino discusses the relevance of having Victor, and his family, as Latinx.
Variety got to talk with Love, Victor star Michael Cimino about the series and his character as well as his family, all Latinx, representation that the community has been lacking lately, even during these harsh times. Check out what he said below:
What did it mean for you that Victor and his family are Latinx?
The Latinx community is at a time when we’re not really in television all that much, and that makes it even more special to see ourselves on TV. That was so important to me. I’ve grown up in a family that’s really affectionate and everyone I really know is that way: When you see someone you hug and kiss them to greet them. And that’s something you see throughout the whole show — how affectionate and passionate we are. When I first got cast, they made it a point to sit down with me and let me give them my perspective on things, and luckily we have Latino writers and writers from all communities, but it was important to sit down and have a conversation about my experience growing up.
Still, there are moments where Victor is reserved with his family because he’s not fully open with them about who he is.
It’s easy to tell when Victor is covering. You see how far he’s reaching to try to make sure everything is OK from the very beginning. And you get how he can be inclined to be someone he’s not fully. Honestly I just think these conversations need to be had now more than ever. A lot of times people are scared to talk about this, especially with the way that the Latino community is very machismo. We need to look at each other and talk, and that’s important to me.
How much of yourself did you see in Victor?
Victor’s a fixer, and that’s something that I struggle with so much: I was always trying to fix every problem with my family or every problem with my friend group, and ultimately what that is, is you don’t want to fix your own problems in the moment. Outwardly you’re fixing something else so you don’t have to face the truth. And seeing that — and how far he comes with [understanding]that — was honestly very relatable to me.
How closely did you want to study “Love, Simon” or Nick’s performance in it for the general vibe and tone of your show, knowing your character Victor would be so different?
In preparation for this, I watched the movie [about]16 more times. I just took his earnestness from that. Voiceover talent is so beyond and definitely watching the movie helped me set the tone for what to do. Nick did such a great job at it in the movie, so I took a lot from that, but also from our amazing directors really helped a lot too.
You can read the rest of the interview right here.
Love, Victor premieres on Hulu tomorrow, June 17th.