Love, Victor’s Bebe Wood on Lake’s Rocky Road in Season 2


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There’s loads to like in regards to the second season of Hulu’s Love, Victor, which comply with’s the titular Victor Salazar in the aftermath of popping out to his mother and father. Beyond a no-punches-held storyline that peels again the layers of a non secular mom’s hesitance to embrace her son’s sexuality, there’s a bottle episode about virginity (and the loss thereof), discuss of lube, sobering discussions about breaking apart (for a couple of couple), the continued “femme vs. masc” wrestle in the queer group, and far more than the present’s first season — initially supposed for Disney+ — even got here near tackling.

Throughout all of it, Bebe Wood stays Love, Victor’s emotionally grounded, one-liner queen because the wisecracking, older-than-her-16-years Lake Meriwether, considered one of Victor’s classmates and pals. Throughout season two’s ten episodes, Lake’s journey turns into one of many present’s most profound: whereas courting Victor’s greatest good friend, Felix, she realizes that her boyfriend’s mom (performed by Betsy Brandt, of Breaking Bad fame) is combating psychological sickness, inflicting her to lose her job and leaving the teenaged Felix fending for the household on his personal. What follows is a rocky street that touches on damaged belief, in search of assist, blinding satisfaction, and [spoiler alert] a breakup that hurts greater than you may anticipate.

Days after Love, Victor’s second season hit Hulu, Wood — whose debut single “Don’t Call Me Flower” drops on June 25 — hopped on Zoom from Los Angeles to take Vulture by Lake’s ups and downs, mentioning not-so-subtle clues that’ve been there because the present’s early episodes that counsel the place the character may go in seasons to come back.

What do you make of Lake’s journey from season one to season two? Not solely did the present develop and mature, but it surely appears like your character particularly has a lot extra to do that season.
Well, on the finish of season one, clearly she’s reckoned with the truth that she shouldn’t care as a lot about what individuals take into consideration her. Season two, the present picks up proper the place we left off: Victor is popping out to his household, however then there’s a 10-week hole. We skip [over] what we seek advice from as “the perfect summer bubble”; we solely see the tail finish of that. I believe that that was in all probability an enormous adjustment time for Lake. I believe she in all probability discovered loads inside her good summer time bubble — and I’m certain it helped that she wasn’t in school whereas she was in a position to do all of this self-discovery. That’s not one thing we essentially see, however we do see the aftereffects of that.

That’s one thing that I attempted to consider loads once we have been filming the second season, was: what occurred in this summer time? She’s grown up loads. One of my favourite components about her journey is how she does some actually courageous stuff though she very effectively is aware of that her actions might need penalties. She nonetheless makes fairly robust choices for the wellbeing of others and her coronary heart’s at all times in a very good place. I do know once we have been filming a few of these episodes the place Felix was upset with Lake, I hadn’t acquired the script in which Betsy [Brandt], who performs Felix’s mom, says Lake did one thing proper [by asking her mother for help].

Because I hadn’t acquired that script but, once we have been filming loads of the second season, I felt like I used to be proper there with Lake, as a result of I used to be like, “What the fuck, Felix?” I wasn’t as understanding of Felix as I believe Lake was. I believe Lake was very, very affected person — like, “God, I did something wrong, let me try and fix it,” when in actuality, I believe that she was in a tricky spot and did the fitting factor.

That storyline between Lake, Felix, and Felix’s mother is only one of a number of plots that present how sweeping a change Love, Victor has made this season. Was that change noticeable, or releasing, as a performer?
Oh, completely. That was undoubtedly one thing the writers have been actually enthusiastic about as a result of they’d a lot space in the author’s room to discover sure issues. Something that resonates with me that we have been in a position to delve into far more in season two is these insane pressures that we put on first- and second-gen Americans. I’m the granddaughter of Cuban immigrants. So seeing that I used to be like, “Hell yeah, let’s dive into this more.” And I believe we actually did. James [Martinez] and Ana [Ortiz] do such a very good job this season. They are unimaginable performers.

Theirs was considered one of my favourite storylines as a result of it illustrated how difficult popping out may be; this season didn’t sanitize that course of. I’ve to think about that opened up loads of space for you and your fellow cast members to play, versus delivering the tried and true popping out tales we’ve gotten accustomed to.
There was a lot of room to play. I believe I had just one or two scenes with Betsy, but it surely’s such an honor to work with some actually seasoned actors. That is when, as a performer, I felt probably the most pleasure towards simply enjoying — as a result of the scenes that I do have along with her, considered one of them could be very joyful and the opposite is simply… not.

When she breaks the plates, there was nothing in the script about Lake getting emotional in that second. But her efficiency was simply so good I couldn’t assist however get actually unhappy and emotional. I believe they selected one of many takes the place Lake is somewhat bit extra emotional as a result of simply watching her efficiency was totally heartbreaking in each method. That was actually enjoyable; having the ability to play with characters that weren’t round in the primary season was tremendous thrilling.

I need to discuss Lake’s option to “defy” Felix, who asks her to maintain the state of his mom’s psychological well being a secret, and ask her mom for assist. How do you suppose that speaks to her character?
I believe that Lake was at all times actually strong-willed, even in the primary season on the subject of her friendship with Mia. She’s at all times there, at all times prepared to face up for different individuals. Even in the primary season, when she’s much less assured, she’s keen to try this. In season two, she’s extra assured in herself, and thus in a position to train these abilities of standing up for different individuals extra. In a method, that’s what she’s doing with Felix.

I’ve seen loads of blended opinions [about her choice] on Twitter, which is fascinating, however loads of us in the cast are in our twenties. I overlook generally that I’m watching a present about 16-year-olds; Lake, as a minor, what else is she going to do? She’s going to inform her mother, you understand what I imply? Telling her mom one thing will not be a violation of anybody’s belief, I don’t suppose, particularly as a minor, and given the state of affairs that her boyfriend, who she loves, is in. Felix is her past love, so she’s protecting; she cares. And the aftermath of telling her mother was, I’m certain, somewhat totally different to what Lake imagined. It was laborious for everybody, however in the end all of it labored out.

I’m always in awe on the strains the writers provide you with, just like the very particular Ford v Ferrari joke she makes this season. You talked about getting some enter on Lake as a personality; do you become involved in advising about particular strains she would or wouldn’t say?
Marcos [Luevanos, one of our executive producers] has mentioned to me he places loads of himself in Lake and I like that. Marcos and I are actually good pals now, so we’re in a position to discuss sure issues that I want to occur. But in phrases of the comedic loveliness that’s Lake, loads of that’s Marcos’s fantastic expertise. I don’t know if it was lower, however there was this second the place Felix references that he’s been watching me on Instagram sing or lip-sync to ABBA, and Marcos put that in as a result of I believe I put on my “close friends” tales on Instagram this loopy lip sync extravaganza to ABBA. He put that in.

What’s humorous is, Lake and I basically are very totally different individuals. She thinks about sure issues that I don’t take into consideration, and vice versa. She could be very a lot, I believe, a child of the 2010s, and I’m not. But in phrases of no matter righteousness Lake has, I believe we share that; no matter love of popular culture Lake has, I even have that as effectively. So I like getting these jokes and stuff as a result of not solely do they really feel like one thing that I’d say with my pals, however they really feel like what Marcos would say and what loads of my pals would say.

There’s this wink that we get in the finale, that there could also be some romance blossoming between you and a female-presenting character. If the present will get picked up for a 3rd season, now that you simply’ve spent two full seasons enjoying her, the place would you have an interest in seeing Lake go?
Here’s the factor: it’s at all times been there. In season one, Lake makes a number of feedback about Mia and her attractiveness, joking about how if Victor doesn’t need to sleep along with her, she would. So it’s at all times been there! I don’t even suppose Lake is essentially… I don’t suppose it’s one thing she’s even questioning. [A long pause.] I believe Lake and I share the identical outlook, which is: if it’s sizzling, it’s sizzling, and if somebody is intriguing you, go for it. I actually hope that we get to delve into that for season three. I actually need to, and I’ve seen that lots of people on Twitter additionally agree.

Even if it was one thing that she lately found about herself, I don’t suppose she would want time to course of that. I believe if she feels chemistry with somebody, she desires to run after it. I already personally suppose she’s processed no matter she has to course of. I hope that’s the case.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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