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    Claudia Doumit on Season 3 Shocks and AOC Comparisons

    [Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 3 finale of The Boys, “The Instant White-Hot Wild.”]

    Claudia Doumit is probably not certain what destiny awaits her character after The Boys Season 3, however she’s doing her homework. “I’ve undoubtedly gone down the rabbit gap of watching infinite movies of politicians at rallies and giving speeches and the way they maintain themselves in a room and what their hand placement is,” she tells Consequence through cellphone. “It’s very particular, it’s a really nuanced motion. One hand motion communicates one thing, then one other hand motion communicates one thing fully completely different.”

    It’s worthwhile preparation for the character of Congresswoman Victoria Neuman, who we first meet as a younger, idealistic politician in Season 2 of the ultraviolent superhero satire, earlier than studying on the finish of the season that she not solely has superpowers — she’s been utilizing them to blow up peoples’ heads for fairly a while. Season 3 delivered a ton of contemporary backstory as nicely for her character, revealing how after changing into an orphan, she was taken in by Vought CEO Stan Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito), who guided her in the direction of her political future, which is trying fairly vivid.

    Whereas Neuman takes a little bit of a again seat through the second half of Season 3, one of many final scenes of the season finale reveals that she could have a a lot greater position sooner or later: After the loss of life of one other candidate, she’s picked to be the brand new working mate for Presidential candidate Dakota Bob Singer (Jim Beaver). Given how Neuman obtained the chance (courtesy of a really handy drowning orchestrated by The Deep, performed by Chase Crawford), it doesn’t appear unattainable to think about President Neuman changing into a actuality in Season 4.

    Will that occur, although? Doumit herself doesn’t know, however she does clarify within the interview beneath, transcribed and edited for readability, what it’s been like studying extra in regards to the character because the collection progresses and her shock at how quickly some revelations this season occurred. She additionally reveals the one determination Neuman made this season that she had critical questions on, and why comparisons between her character and one in all at this time’s most well-known American politicians aren’t popping out of nowhere.

    While you had been initially solid, had been you instructed at the moment to what diploma your character could be necessary?

    No, I had no thought. It was truly a little bit of a whirlwind — I used to be confused by way of nearly all of Season 2. After which excited. As a result of there was a whole lot of pleasure across the character of Neuman, and so I used to be curious each time I obtained a script, all through the season, what that pleasure was about. I bear in mind working into [Eric Kripke] or working into the writers on set and so they’d at all times say the identical factor, they’d say, “We’re actually enthusiastic about Neuman, we’re so enthusiastic about Neuman.” And I’d learn the script for the episode and I’d be like, “she’s at a rally, yeah, I suppose that’s thrilling.”

    After which I obtained the script for Episode 7, the place she begins popping heads, and I used to be like, “Oh, actually thrilling, actually thrilling.”

    So I do not forget that the character of Neuman was initially male within the comics. However how else is he completely different out of your position?

    Effectively, he’s truly proven as this little bumbling fool and under no circumstances the present Neuman that you just see within the collection. She’s very strategic, she’s very manipulative, and she or he’s a wise girl. So a really stark distinction between the comics and the present for that character. Which I like.

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