Michael Cimino Says He Consulted His Gay Cousin About Love, Victor Role: 'It Was Very Special'

The show premiered on Hulu on Wednesday — and Cimino says it's no coincidence that the series launched during Pride month.

"I think it's vitally important to have pieces of art, TV shows, movies, that represent that struggle, and accurately depict what people go through," he said. "A show like this bridges gaps."

He said he hopes his character's story helps sparks positive conversations about accepting others and being true to yourself.

"Being gay is not something that runs in your family. If you're gay, you can't just be like, 'Hey, Dad, what is it like to be part of the LGBT community?' It's not like that," he said. "A lot of people don't know how to cope, and they don't know who to reach out to, to learn how to cope with it. Obviously, Victor's struggle is unique because everyone's story is very unique and different, but it's very important to be telling those stories so that people can have a conversation."

Love, Victor is streaming now on Hulu.

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