Executive Producers Interview: Love, Victor Season 3

Love, Victor season 3 closes the chapter on the beautiful Hulu series that officially started as a 2018 romcom spin-off Dear, Simon. The show centers around Victor Salazar (Michael Cimino, Secondary year), a gay student who begins to discover himself at his new school and finds both love and friendship along the way. Like its predecessor, the series has touched many LGBTQ teenagers who have felt represented throughout its stories.

Last season’s cliffhanger made Victor choose between his two love interests, Benji and Rahim, but several other stories were also at stake. Not only are his friends Lake and Lucy exploring their own romantic relationship, but his entire family also has a lot to do.

Screen Rant spoke with the show’s executive producers Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger and Brian Tanen about the joy they feel in interacting with Love, Victor fandom, the big wheel of emotion that teens go through in season 3, and how the Salazar family handles all the latest changes in their lives.

Screen speed: Elizabeth, what does it mean for you to help create such an important story, especially for LGBTQ teens watching?

Elizabeth Berger: I’m really proud to be a part of it. I think the most meaningful part of making this show during the three seasons was hearing directly from our fans. We have a very beautiful voice fan base who have never hesitated to contact us and it is so important to hear from them. Hearing that watching the program had a real impact on their lives, and it may have allowed them to have conversations with their parents that they had not been able to before. They ended up attaching the whole series to their parents, and it fostered all these good conversations and left them closer than they were before.

We also heard about an older demographic who really wanted a show like this and feel like they finally got the show they wish they had had growing up. It was extremely meaningful to receive these comments. We hope the show lives on, people keep finding it, and it keeps making a difference. [That it] makes people who have not had such a show before feel seen and have their stories represented on television.

Season 3 is what I would call a Ferris wheel of emotions. Brian, can you give us an insight into the emotions we can feel? How would you sum up the season?

Brian Tanen: Yeah, I think a big emotion wheel is really good. We would like to present that; I think that’s exactly it.

The show has always lived in that space between comedy and drama, and I think it sums up perfectly how it feels to be … I would say queer teenager, but I think it sums up how it feels to be a teenager . There are many ups and downs, and that’s true this season. There is still a lot to do to grow.

I would say twists, excitement, joy, surprise, heartache and ultimately a sense of wanting to make the audience feel hopeful. Fulfilling desires has always been a strong motivation for us. So many queer stories are based on trauma or painful experiences. And while we absolutely love good teen dramas, we want to make people feel a sense of optimism.

By the end of the season, I think you’ll feel like these kids will be okay.

Isaac, I love the Salazar family, especially because Ugly Betty was my jam in the old days and that’s why Hilda is my icon. But can you describe what the family might be going through this season?

Isaac Aptaker: Of course. Anna [Ortiz], who plays Victor’s mother Isabel, is really shocked at how long it took her to get on board with Victor, who came out last year. She still feels residual guilt from this and feels this need to prove to him how much she supports her and how much he loves her now that everything has been said and done. She has varying degrees of success with this; she sometimes goes too far in being a supportive mom and gets a little overbearing, but in the end they think the status quo is really charming, I think.

And then we have James [Martinez], who plays Armando – as open and fast as he was to get on board with Victor last season, this year he is having a much harder time with his daughter Pilar, who is in the process of a romantic relationship. We see a completely different side to him, and some of the toxic masculinity that the family has to deal with, in the context of him being the father of a young woman who becomes involved in a romantic relationship.

Love, Victor Season 3 Synopsis

The series takes place in the world of the original 2018 film “Love, Simon”, and follows Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School on his own journey of self-discovery, where he faces challenges at home, adapting to a new city and struggling with her. sexual orientation. When it all seems too much, he reaches out to Simon to help him navigate the ups and downs of high school.

Watch our interview with Love, Victor The film stars Anthony Turpel, Isabella Ferreira and Mateo Fernandez as well as Bebe Wood and Rachel Hilson and Ava Capri.

The 8 sections of Love, Victor Season 3 can be streamed on Hulu.

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