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PRESS: Michael Cimino Signs with CAA

An exclusive report courtesy of Deadline from September 17 shows that congratulations are in store for Michael, as he has signed with Creative Arts Agency!

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Cimino, star of Hulu’s breakout series Love, Victor, has signed with CAA.

Cimino stars in the title role in the series, an offshoot from the 2018 feature Love, Simon. Created by This Is Us executive producers/co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the movie based on Becky Albertalli’s young-adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Love, Victor is one of the top binged shows on Hulu in 2020. It was recently renewed for a second season.

On the film side, Cimino can be seen in horror thriller Annabelle Comes Home, opposite Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, and produced by James Wan. He also sang the song “Everything I Own” written by David Gates briefly in the film.

Cimino is one of the founding members of the nonprofit organization We The Movement LA, formed amid the late May Los Angeles protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd.

Cimino continues to be repped by Megan Silverman Management and attorney Chris Abramson at Felker, Toczek, Suddleson and Abramson.

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PRESS: “Love, Victor” Renewed for Second Season at Hulu

As reported by Deadline:

Hulu has ordered a second season of breakout new series Love, Victor, an offshoot from the 2018 feature Love, Simon.

Love, Victor ranked as the most-watched drama on Hulu during its premiere week in June, when all episodes were released together. The series hails from This Is Us executive producers/co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, who wrote the movie based on Becky Albertalli’s young-adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Love, Victor‘s first season followed Victor, a new student at Creekwood High School, on his own journey of self-discovery, facing challenges at home, adjusting to a new city and exploring his sexual orientation. As Victor and his friends mature, so will season two, promising to build on these themes of sexual identity, acceptance and navigating the odyssey we all know as high school.

The series stars Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz, James Martinez, Isabella Ferreira, Mateo Fernandez, Rachel Naomi Hilson, Bebe Wood, George Sear, Anthony Turpel and Mason Gooding.

Aptaker and Berger serve as executive producers alongside Brian Tanen, Jason Ensler, Isaac Klausner, Marty Bowen, Adam Fishbach, Wyck Godfrey, Pouya Shahbazian and Adam Londy. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio.

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PRESS: Michael Cimino Wants to Inspire Teens to Live Out Loud

Michael shared the news on his Twitter last night that VMAN had done an article about him, as well as the accompanying photoshoot by Connor Franta. Check out highlights below.

There are so many reasons to Love, Victor, but we also love the breakout star portraying Victor — actor Michael Cimino. Michael brings a fresh perspective as a new actor and person of color to the Hulu original series. Standing out among other teenage coming-of-age stories, Love, Victor confronts topics of race, sexuality, social class, machismo culture, and more. By the same token, Michael isn’t afraid to talk about these social issues. As an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, Michael found ways to appreciate Pride Month in quarantine. Along with all of us, he “learned how to celebrate within his home and stay connected,” finding time to call his friends, cook, and make new traditions. Inevitably, Pride could never be canceled. The sense of community is stronger than ever, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

Michael has also been utilizing his platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement, protesting police brutality, and the racial injustices that are America and in his community. “I have been trying to leverage my platform to not only educate people about the ways they could help, but I’ve also been lucky to find an amazing group of leaders in the community (We Are the Movement LA) that I have been leading protests with,” Michael shared proudly. “We are trying to continue the movement and continuously make a change and speak out on injustices.” Love, Victor decided to move their release date two days earlier, to June 17th, so that the holiday of Juneteenth had its day in the spotlight.

Read the full article on VMAN.com!

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PRESS: Michael Cimino on Why He Feels “Really Honored” to Play Victor

Good Morning America posted their own interview with Michael, and it’s an awesome read about what Love Victor means to him. Check it out below:

By now most of us know the story of Simon Spier, but it’s time to introduce you to another lovable teen on the all-important journey of self-discovery: Victor Salazar.

Hulu’s “Love, Victor,” premiering Wednesday, June 17, is set in the same universe as the 2018 gay rom-com “Love, Simon” — which was based on Becky Albertalli’s hit YA novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” from 2015. We had a book with its movie adaptation and now we’ve got a spinoff TV series adding more layers to a familiar story.

In “Love, Simon,” we met Nick Robinson’s Simon, a gay closeted high school kid who struggles with coming out despite his liberal parents and friends who would accept him no matter what. He eventually does come out and kisses the mysterious guy he’s been exchanging intimate email conversations with atop the school fair’s Ferris wheel while their classmates cheer them on from below.

This legend is alive and well in “Love, Victor,” where Michael Cimino’s Victor is a new student at Simon’s high school, Creekwood High School in Atlanta, after moving there with his family from Texas. Like Simon, Victor has a major choice in front of him: Does he date the most popular girl in school (Rachel Hilson’s Mia) or does he take a leap and fall for the handsome — and openly gay — barista with enviable hair (George Sear’s Benji)?

The biggest difference between Simon and Victor? Simon is white and Victor is Latino. Both sets of parents are full of love for their children. Simon’s parents don’t really have a reason to reject their son, while Victor’s parents, on the other hand, have their own problems and their faith to grapple with should he tell them he’s gay.

“I do feel like some people will be able to relate to this story in particular because a lot of people haven’t had the blessings to know exactly what decision they were making,” Cimino told “Good Morning America.”

“They didn’t really know which way they wanted to go, they didn’t know how they felt about their sexuality,” he continued. “I just feel really honored to represent a different struggle than the one Simon went through.”

Simon does play a part in Victor’s story, though, as Simon provides Victor with moral support throughout the season. Robinson’s presence is there, mostly in voiceover form.

Cimino called the audition process to play Victor a “strenuous” process — and one that almost didn’t result in his casting. When it looked like he might not get the part, it was then that he realized how much it meant to him.

“I was like, ‘You know what? I feel like I’m really connected to this role,'” he recalled. “I really fought to get back in the room, and now, here we are.”

Though he doesn’t share the main character’s sexual preference, Cimino has a specific reason for wanting to step into Victor’s shoes.

“I was really drawn to the role because my cousin’s gay and I really wanted to kind of be that voice he didn’t have, and for the other kids who are or were in his position,” he explained. “That was a really big driving force for me, as well as I have a lot of friends that are gay.”

That said, just because Cimino’s sexual preference differs from the character he plays doesn’t mean he can’t relate to other aspects of him and who he is at his core.

“I think my favorite part of playing Victor was probably just the aspects I saw that were so familiar to my own life,” he noted. “Like the fixer aspect of him. He was always trying to fix the relationships inside of his family.

“And trying to be someone that he wasn’t for a very long time,” he added, “which I can definitely relate to and I think a lot of people can relate to.”

Plus, it’s his feeling that playing Victor “for sure” made him a better actor.

Cimino also stressed the necessity of telling these kinds of stories because they “give kids a chance to realize that this is normal” and shows such as “Love, Victor” are a “positive” and “gives someone something to look forward to.”

As for what he hopes viewers will take away and think about as they await the already announced season 2, Cimino wants them to embrace who they are, and do so unapologetically.

“I hope that this show inspires people to be who they are authentically and with no regrets,” he said. “I think that’s really what this show is about.”

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PRESS: Michael Cimino Says the Original’s Simon is Victor’s ‘Rock’

As Love, Victor‘s premiere of June 17 gets closer, each day gives us more press material over the show to help hold us over until then. The first, an exclusive interview with Michael, comes courtesy of TV Insider!

Get ready to fall in love with high schooler Victor Salazar, who’s on a journey to self-discovery in the new Hulu series Love, Victor.

The 10-episode spinoff of the 2018 big-screen romance Love, Simon follows Michael Cimino’s character as he struggles with his sexuality while adapting to a new city (Atlanta) and a new school. “Most of the time [a move like that] makes [figuring out these questions] a lot harder, because trying to navigate this new world is hard,” Cimono says.

The fact that there are no preconceived notions about this Texas transplant should work in Victor’s favor. But when Victor starts dating a classmate named Mia (Rachel Naomi Hilson), Cimino says, “Victor makes there be preconceived notions about him. He’s on his way to a very tough first few months at school.”

There are ups and downs coming Victor’s way. He will gain new friends, meet a possible love interest in Benji (George Sear)—as a sneak peek shows, there’s nothing like getting close over an espresso machine—and seek advice from the franchise’s original protagonist, Simon (Nick Robinson), who has graduated and moved to New York City.

With Simon, Victor is able to admit “this big secret he couldn’t tell anyone else…[or even admit to] himself,” Cimino says. “Victor uses Simon as a rock,” Still, the actor teases, “Not everything is as it seems.” For example, while Simon’s input is valuable, viewers must keep watching to find out exactly why it’s “so on point and so great.”

Another “rock” for Victor is his neighbor and pal Felix (Anthony Turpel), whom he meets—along with Mia and Lake (Bebe Wood)—as he starts at Creekwood High School. “Each one of Victor’s new friends really does add an interesting element to his life,” Cimino says. Felix is someone “he can always count on…even though he’s goofy and Felix is still figuring out this life as well.” And while Mia “understands” Victor, she, too, is in the dark about what he’s hiding, Cimino previews.

It’s Victor’s family that matters most to him, “hands down,” Cimino says. “Even in the first episode, we see how much weight Victor’s carrying on his shoulders from [his struggle with his sexuality]. His whole family relies on him, and he doesn’t want to disappoint them or divide them or make them worry about him.”

If you think that sounds like a recipe for disaster, you might be right. “Victor keeps trying to navigate the world and figure out who he is while also trying to hold his family together—be the glue, so to speak,” Cimino says. And as time goes on, “That’s something we see unravel.”

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