At the end of Parenthood's third season, while Julia and Joel were dealing with the disappointment of Zoe's decision to keep her son, they got an unexpected miracle dropped at their doorstep in the package of a 9 year old Victor. An adoption is never easy, but it is even more difficult to incorporate an older child into an existing family as both Julia and Joel have found out.
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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Xolo Mariduena about his time on Parenthood.
Mariduena held a lizard and played baseball for the first time on the show. He didn't enjoy his experience with the reptile, as he explains, "[The lizard] was very weird for me. I'd never held a lizard before, and it was probably one of my last times." At least baseball was better, "I didn't hit a lot of balls, but I really did like doing it."
This interview does include minor spoilers for upcoming Parenthood episodes.
How does Victor feel about the effort that Julia and Joel are putting in?
Julia tries to put in a lot of effort but Joel kinda thinks just to play it by the ear. So, I think they have two totally different styles to try and get along with Victor. ... There's so much going on with Victor and Sydney, so there's a lot of stuff going on with the family.
Do you think that Victor and Sydney will ever get to be as close as a regular brother and sister?
The both of them are like a cat and dog situation. Sometimes they're happy and sometimes they are mad at each other. It's like a flip of the coin. I think that Julia and Joel are really trying to make Victor feel comfortable in the house, so he's not so hard of a shell. They want to see him open up and want to see a new version of him.
Who on the cast would you like to have scenes with that you haven't work with much?
Definitely Jason Ritter. I like him a lot. He's very nice and a fun guy.
What's coming up for Victor?
Victor wants to see his mom. So, Julia and Joel don't really know what to do about that. They want him to not open up new wounds, but to start moving toward [them] and not towards his old family.
What else is going on?
Right now, we are shooting a Christmas episode and I worked with the whole cast on that. And, that was very fun.
Parenthood airs Tuesdays at 10 pm ET on NBC.
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