‘Love, Victor’ Showrunners on Answering ‘Love, Simon’s’ Critics and Telling a More Difficult Coming Out Story
Huli's "Love, Simon" sequel series "Love, Victor" begins with a sharp DM for the protagonist of the original film: "Screw you".
The message comes from the franchise's new main character, Victor Salazar, a 15-year-old student who has difficulty understanding his sexuality while moving to a new city with his conservative, religious parents. He questions the relative lightness of Simon's brilliant coming-out story and her overwhelming happy ending. Not everyone has it so easy, Victor emphasizes.
The message feels like a direct response to part of the criticism of the film, which was also written by show runners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger ("This Is Us") from "Love, Victor", but also serves as a declaration of intent.
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"The aim of the film was to tell this really ambitious, shiny, fairytale version of the coming-out story, as it had never been at the studio level," said Aptaker in an interview with TheWrap. "When we thought about a sequel, we wanted to tell a completely different story."
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"The only thing we heard was that Simon's parents are so liberal, his friends so supportive, his journey so seamless - is there a version of a coming-out story that chances are a little bigger?"
Victor enter. Victor, played by newcomer Michael Cimino, also controls life in a new high school and tries to find a place he belongs to, although like any other 15-year-old, he has barely found out about his own life.
"We didn't want to lose against the love and hope that was in the film," said Berger. "In terms of sound, it was very important to us that this is a show where people feel good and people may want to sit and watch with their parents and not feel weird."
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Late in the first season, "Love, Victor" was moved from the family-friendly streamer Disney + to the more general, audience-focused Hulu. The announcement turned heads for those who had seen the incredibly family-friendly film version and wondered how different the series would be to require such a jump. But Aptaker and Berger see the decision as a sign of support for the show's long-term growth.
"Our goal is to do a show that grows up with the audience," said Aptaker. "They are 15 in season 1, but as the show progresses - hopefully for years to come - their lives become more challenging and their problems become more mature."
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"We felt we were on an adult platform where we had the freedom to tell these stories. That could only be good for our show," said Berger.
Disney has already commissioned a second season of "Love, Victor", which, like basically all other TVs at the moment, remains on hold due to COVID-19.
"Regarding the script, we are preparing as best we can to continue," said Berger. “And when we think about these stories, we try to make our contribution as authors and producers to take into account the current state of the world. We try to tell stories that we love, while at the same time trying to limit the number of extras on the set at a time when that would make things much more complex. "
"We're making progress," she continued. "And we will have as much content as possible and are waiting to be informed by the experts when we can safely continue."
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"Love, Victor" Season 1 can now be streamed on Hulu.
Read the original story "Love, Victor" Showrunners about answering "Love, Simons" critics and telling a more difficult coming-out story at TheWrap
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