Meet 'Parenthood's' Newest Arrival
Joel and Julia Graham got more than they bargained for in February's Parenthood finale when their dreams of adopting a baby were dashed in favor a slightly older orphan named Victor. "I think it was a real stoke of genius," Sam Jaeger, who plays Joel, told TheInsider.com of the writer's choice to flip the script on The Graham's.
"Victor is such a complex character and it's really heartbreaking how this boy comes into our lives. But if anybody can handle this, it's the Braverman family," Jaeger adds. "Victor is now in an extremely loving family, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. There are storylines coming up that show how complex and convoluted adoption can really be."
That is something Xolo Mariduena, who plays Victor, echoed when I recently spoke with him. "Victor likes the family because they haven't abandoned him yet, but he's still a little iffy because he doesn't know if [that's going to happen] at any second," Xolo tells TheInsider.com. And while Victor and Julia seemed to forge an alliance outside his school in episode two, Xolo warns that the toughest part is still to come.
"Julia is being a little bit of a control freak because some things happen over the next episodes," he says. "She's controlling the whole house and Victor isn't into that. He doesn't respect all the rules that Julia gives." Victor also won't see eye-to-eye with his adopted sister Sydney any time soon. "They're drifting apart instead of coming together. There's a lot of fighting between those two characters."
But in real life, Xolo says one of the best parts of working on Parenthood has been bonding with the other child actors. "Tyree [Brown, who plays Jabbar] and Savannah [Rae, who plays Sydney] are my favorites," he says. "We hang out in the trailers and play board games or Xbox. Bonding with the other actors is definitely my favorite part [of this job]."
Parenthood airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.