STEPHEN MOYER on the re­turn of x-men spin-off The Gifted

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SEA­SON TWO OF Marvel’s X-men spin-off The Gifted sees the mu­tants turn­ing on them­selves to fight their own kind, as the peace­ful Mu­tant Un­der­ground tries to con­tain ex­trem­ists the In­ner Cir­cle.

At the heart of this strug­gle is the Strucker fam­ily, which is torn apart when their son Andy (Percy Hynes White) is rad­i­calised. Bri­tish ac­tor and ex-true Blood star Stephen Moyer plays dad Reed Strucker, who must also ac­cept his own pow­ers.

Here, Moyer, who turns 49 on 11 Oc­to­ber, tells us more about what to ex­pect in this dark sec­ond se­ries…

Where do we pick up with the Struckers in se­ries two?

Andy has joined the In­ner Cir­cle, where mu­tants are fight­ing back against hu­man­ity. The rest of the fam­ily are part of the Mu­tant Un­der­ground, which be­lieves mu­tants and hu­mans can co-ex­ist. The sea­son jumps for­ward six months, and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Reed and wife Caitlin [Amy Acker] is strained.

How does this af­fect Reed?

Mu­tant pow­ers come about when peo­ple are in emo­tional tur­moil, so all the stress with Andy ig­nites

Reed’s mu­tant gene. He’s told ev­ery­one to be hon­est, but he’s not telling any­one what’s hap­pen­ing to him. He’s try­ing to sup­press it.

How much darker and more po­lit­i­cal does this sea­son be­come?

There’s still some com­edy, but there’s a se­ri­ous­ness this year. X-men is al­ways about re­flect­ing so­ci­ety. When it was orig­i­nally writ­ten, it was about the civil-rights move­ment, and this year we look at both sides of be­ing ex­treme. We have the hu­mans and the mu­tants – there’s no way you can do some­thing like that with­out it be­ing a re­flec­tion of what’s go­ing on in our pol­i­tics. It’s also about how far you’d go for your fam­ily, even if it goes against what you be­lieve in.

Is it a fun show to film?

Yes, I love all the ac­tion and it’s a great bunch of peo­ple, we’re very close. Nat [Natalie Alyn Lind, who plays Lau­ren Strucker] and I live two floors apart from each other. I had to save her from a moth the other day!

Is there any­thing else you can tease for us?

I can’t spoil it, but there’s a fas­ci­nat­ing idea that we play with this year – it’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing dy­namic be­tween sib­lings Lau­ren and Andy. It was ac­tu­ally my sug­ges­tion be­cause I have twins at home and some­thing hap­pened with them that’s now be­come a very help­ful de­vice in terms of keep­ing Andy and Lau­ren con­nected with each other...

Jamie Chung as blink and Natalie Alyn Lind as Lau­ren Strucker

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