Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Interview: Claudia Doumit Talks Playing Victoria Neuman in ‘The Boys’ [EXCLUSIVE]

Everyone’s favorite twisted, diabolical superhero series is finally back — the first three episodes of the long-awaited third season of Prime Video’s The Boys are now streaming! Based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is set in a world where superheroes exist, but many of them fall short of the “heroic” part of their job description. Some of the worst can be found amongst The Seven, a famous superhero team working under Vought International. Meanwhile, the Boys are a ragtag crew of vigilantes fighting to take the Supes and Vought down once and for all (and doing their best not to die in the process).

We had a chance to talk to Claudia Doumit, who portrays Victoria Neuman — a Supe in disguise that was first introduced in season 2 as a congresswoman and has now gone on to run the the Federal Bureau of Superhuman Affairs in season 3.

Nerds & Beyond: You play the role of a charismatic, manipulative politician so well. How did you prepare for the role of Victoria?

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Claudia Doumit: I didn’t, I was typecast! [laughs] It was actually such a fun character to undertake, because she is someone who has such a duplicitous nature, and she does wear many faces in the show depending on which character she’s interacting with. As an actor, it was just kind of fun to dive into the nuance of how she talks to a person based on what she wants from them. That’s kind of fun to explore. Like Homelander’s desires and needs are going to be different to Starlight’s desires and needs and Hughie’s desires and needs. Neuman kind of caters her personality toward what is appropriate for the situation, what will get her ahead basically. 

The first three episodes of the third season of The Boys are now streaming exclusively on Prime Video. Catch the next episode on Friday, June 10, and stay tuned for all of our coverage on the series, including episodic recaps, our spoiler-free season 3 review, and more.

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