Diane Guerrero On The Evolution Of Jane And Cliff’s Friendship (Exclusive)

At the heart of HBO Max’s Doom patrol his relationships. Each of the individual origin stories of the DC-inspired series of misfit heroes deal with complex and often heartbreaking personal relationships with family and loved ones, but also central to each hero’s story is their relationships with each other. For Jane and Cliff/Robotman in particular, their friendship is one that viewers have watched grow and change over the seasons, with Cliff being the one person who may know Jane better than anyone else. It’s that depth of their friendship that really showed in the series’ recent midseason finale and now, Diane Guerrero tells me. ComicBook. com about how that friendship has evolved into family for the characters.

Warning: Spoilers for the Season 4 episode of Doom patrol“Hope Patrol”, past this point.

“Hope Patrol” comes in the aftermath of “Youth Patrol”, with the aging spell reversed, although for Jane (Guerrero), her longevity was extracted by Bunbury, so she is now aging – meaning she now has a limited lifespan. Initially, Cliff encourages Jane to live what she has left rather than pursue Immortus, so she visits Shelley and tries to confess her feelings, only to find herself conflicted between her own desire to live for herself and duty to protect Kay. Back at Doom Manor, Jane struggles with feelings of worth and value when Cliff tells her an important truth: she can’t choose whether someone loves her and who, and he even takes off his oven mitt, taking advantage of his newfound sense. touch to hold her hand. It’s a beautiful moment – and of course they end up going out together to fight Immortus – but it’s also a telling moment in the evolution of their friendship.

“You see their friendship evolve since the first season. I knew it was going to be special because Cliff is the kind of person, I mean he’s Cliff Steele. He’s literally made of steel. Jane can literally say anything to him, and he “He’s for it. He plans to party, dance with Jane without being offended, and almost understands her pain on a different level where everyone else might be offended or feel they can’t get close to Jane,” Guerrero said. “I think Cliff looks past that tough exterior and he’s really been the only one who’s been able to get really, really close to Jane. I mean he was in The Underground in the first season and now you see their relationship being playful. It’s like a brother and sister. She feels comfortable enough to tell him about some of these feelings she has. And he’s there to listen and make fun of her at the same time. But when you see what their relationship really means in that moment where she’s like, ‘I’m dying, everything is lost and no, I don’t know what my purpose is, I have no family. I don’t know about that.’ And he’s there to remind her that he’s her family and that no matter how many times I tell him to fuck off, he’ll still be there. That’s an important lesson. We all think we are alone in this world. and that no one cares or that we can’t get in touch, but it’s just not true.”

The first half of season 4 of Doom patrol now streaming on HBO Max. The second half of the season is expected sometime this year.

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