We spoke with actors Mae Whitman (Amber), Miles Heizer (Drew), Lauren Graham (Sarah), Max Burkholder (Max), Xolo Mariduena (Victor), and Jason Ritter (Mark).

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"I had a tougher time with it in seasons past," Jaeger admitted.

"I just wasn't sure what his role was, but to support whatever Julia was going through." Luckily, this season put Joel in a more active role.

It's been easier to play him, but I definitely have been trying to develop his character." In terms of passions, there's not a lot of overlap between Burkholder and Braverman. "The main similarity between me and Max is that we are both very, very nerdy." And he wears that badge with pride.

Fans of the character have often lamented how frequently Joel gets sidelined.

From executive producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Jason Katims and Lawrence Trilling, "Parenthood" is the critically acclaimed one-hour drama inspired by the box office hit of the same name.

This reimagined and updated Universal Television/Imagine Entertainment production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, colorful and imperfect Braverman family. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Dax Shepard, Erika Christensen and more.Click through the gallery to see what everyone's been up to.were honored by the Paley Center as part of the annual Paley Fest."I'm thankful that this year we got to see a side of him that stands up for what he feels is right," Jaeger continued."There's a lot in Victor’s character that Joel recognizes," Jaeger said.And I was like, this kid is something special." Heizer, however, has a simpler explanation for their instant connection: "I thought [Mae] was cool because she liked Tegan and Sara.