Some people are so ignorant, they can't even separate reality from fiction.
That's what Love, Victor star Michael Cimino has learned since taking on the lead role in the series, according to a new interview with Attitude.
While Cimino is straight, his character is not, and that's all that matters to some people. "To be honest, I actually have gotten homophobic messages," Cimino told the site. "What's the craziest part is, it's like sometimes, it's from people I know, which is even crazier." He continued, saying that it reminds him how important the show is.
"I think it just kind of shows where the world's at, and possibly how much this show is actually needed," he said. "I feel like it starts a conversation, and I think that's the most important thing. And I think especially in a time like the world is right now, we need more conversations started."
When he was asked how those homophobic messages made him feel, he said he wasn't bothered. "As far as when it was people I know, I would either kind of lean into it, and be like, 'OK, and what?' or I would try to enlighten them as much as I possibly could," he said.
He added that, in his opinion, "the best thing to do is try to educate them or realize that they're ignorant and you can't really say anything that's going to help them, unfortunately."
The teen drama about a gay teen who moves to a new high school was originally slated to air on Disney+ but was moved to Hulu after it was deemed "too adult" for Disney. When it premiered in June of last year, it became Hulu's most watched drama. It was renewed for a season two in August last year.