While they were in London, The National caught up with stars of The Gifted, Stephen Moyer and Natalie Alyn Lind. As Stephen Moyer fans know, the two play father and daughter Reed and Lauren Strucker, and they gave us some idea of what’s in store for the second series.
Below is part of that interview that includes Stephen Moyer’s responses:
The Gifted follows the persecution of a minority group (mutants) by a hostile government. Do you feel like it sends out a powerful message?
Stephen: It’s so difficult to talk about our show without talking about how things are happening politically where we live. This just happens to be under the microscope now with the way things are going. Our show, which is about differentness and otherness, is very pertinent. It has something to say.
What kind of challenges are the Strucker family facing in the new series?
Stephen: This other group are militant mutants. While our characters are trying to coexist with humans, they are trying to fight back, which is a worry because Andy is with them and violence is starting to break out.
Stephen, Reed seems to be facing some demons of his own. Can you tell us any more about that?
Stephen: The big emotional moment of Andy leaving in the first season has had an effect on Reed that he hasn’t passed on to his family. When we join him in episode one, things are happening for him that he’s trying to quell… He tries to hide what is happening to him, which is always not good.
There is no shortage of strong female characters in The Gifted. Was that something that attracted you to the series?
Stephen: I’ve really seen roles change in the last 10 years. If you look at the Toronto International Film Festival, 38 percent of directors are women. We’re not there yet but it is definitely trending in the right direction.
I’m sure you get asked this all the time but… if you could choose a superpower would it be?
Stephen: There used to be this show from years ago called Randall and Hopkirk: Deceased with a character in it who could open a book and read it instantly. I would love to be able to read that fast! I’m the slowest reader on the planet and I’d love to be able to take in more.
Read the entire interview that includes the responses from Natalie Alyn Lind by going to “The National.”
Watch the video below where Stephen and Natalie talk about their characters and the powers that are revealed in Season 2 of The Gifted.