Love, Victor stars Michael Cimino and George Sear speak about representation of gay people on television

A romantic comedy series about two boys falling in love in high school has just released its final season on Disney Plus.

Love, Victor's stars Michael Cimino and George Sear are well aware of the impact the show could have for people discovering their sexuality.

"We have so much more to go, such a long way to go. Obviously we've come such a long way since the early 90s and 2000s when there would never be a show like this, Michael Cimino told Newshub.

"And, even if there was some portrayal of an LGBTI person on television usually, it was almost like a mock. Like they were mocking people that are part of the LGBT community.

"I think the first product that did a really good job of that was Brokeback Mountain, that was a true love story…but it was tragic. Now we have this beautiful uplifting story that's like a rom-com, and it's sweet and it lifts people's spirits and that's amazing. That's amazing. That says something. Even though we've got a long way to go, we've come such a long way."

George Sear, who plays Victor's love interest, Benji, agrees.

"I think it's really great to see this younger generation coming up and how much more open they are and embracing they are. It's been a massive learning experience," he said.

Cimino and Sear spoke to Newshub ahead of the show's third and final season release on Disney Plus.

"One episode that really stands out to me is the cabin episode in season two in particular, the vulnerability Victor has when he's nervous about losing his virginity - I think that was really well written," Sear said.

"We said it was the episode that would never die because we went back to that location so many times for all these things, but it was always a joy because it was in Malibu."

Cimino said while the show was popular, the story was always meant to end when Victor left high school.

"We told a story but this is a high school story and it needed to end there. And, I think that this could have turned into a show that was a cash grab and we were trying to take money from people, and that's not the case," he said.

"This is a story that was supposed to inspire people and be uplifting and heartwarming and also ask some hard questions that need to be answered.

"And with that it wraps up very nicely, and I think it's better to let a good thing die."

He said the cast treasured the final series, especially the final scenes.

"We relished every single moment because we all knew it was the end. Not that we didn't do that before but when you know something's leaving you really try and be as present as possible in the moment and that's kind of what we did."

Love, Victor's final season was released on Disney Plus this week.