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