George Sear felt the pressure of accurately portraying the struggles of addiction on a teen rom-com, especially considering it was an issue that hit close to home for his own family.
“I didn’t take the responsibility lightly,” Sear told Los Angeles. “I have a lot of family members who have dealt with alcoholism and addiction, so I know how it can really take over someone’s life.”
“Unfortunately, my uncle is no longer here anymore, but he was still happy towards the end of his life even though he was still battling with things,” he added when asked if he spoke to family members dealing with addiction about his season 3 story arc.
This season finds Victor (Michael Cimino) going on a journey of self-discovery – not only deciding if he wants to be with Benji (Sear) or Rahim (Anthony Keyvan), but more broadly, who he wants to be. With their post-high-school plans looming, Victor and his friends are faced with a new set of problems that they must work through to make the best choices for their futures.
“I think with Benji, I was really trying to see what was at the heart of it all and taking him back to these flashbacks where he’s not comfortable with his sexuality, he’s not very confident and where he is in that situation, like the expectations from his parents and all these other things and why alcohol is his relief from all that stuff,” Sear said.
‘It was a lot to think about and he kept getting triggered this season because any kind of traumas and stuff, eventually finds its way to the surface, so that’s how I approached it,” he added. “I was also just trying to honor the writing because the writing was so good too.”
Ultimately, Sear is happy with the way the writers wrapped up his character’s storyline.
I think it is a very full circle moment. I think it does a good job of tying up all the stories and it was really great to see Benji go through so much and likewise with Victor and them have sort of a nice, happy ending
The series third and final season comes in the midst of Pride Month, a time Sear looks forward to year after year.
“I would say pride to me is all about celebrating who you are, and love really,” he said. “Every pride event I’ve been to just feels like there’s so much love there, which I think is a really important thing, especially in like these times.”
Love, Victor Season 3 premieres Wednesday, June 15th on Hulu and Disney+.
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