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'Gifted' star Stephen Moyer hopes his 'X-Men' spinoff inspires compassion in polarized society

UPI News Service, 11/06/2017 

Stephen Moyer says he hopes his "X-Men" spinoff series "The Gifted" will inspire viewers to look at the world and those who inhabit it with a new perspective.

"What the X-Men world represents is what is fascinating to me," Moyer recently told reporters at New York Comic Con.

"Written as a reaction to civil rights and how it has been adopted by marginalized groups is really important. I think it is very important at this time in society. We are living in a polarized society and if, in some, tiny way, we are able to make people sort of view things differently, then that's great, on top of a good, really fun piece of entertainment."

"True Blood" alum Moyer plays the prosecutor of super-powered mutants in the sci-fi drama, while "Angel" icon Amy Acker plays his wife, a nurse.

The show opens with the couple learning their own teen son and daughter [played by Percy Hynes White and Natalie Alyn Lind] possess extraordinary gifts that put the whole family on the wrong side of the law.

Asked if they were "X-Men" aficionados before landing their roles on "The Gifted," Acker laughed and said, "Well, he's lucky because he's married to one, so I feel like he wins automatically," referring to Moyer's real-life wife, Anna Paquin, who has appeared in several "X-Men" adventures on the big screen.

"I played a little catch-up here," Acker continued.

"They gave us access to the online Marvel library, so we were able to go read some of the comics and I had seen a few of the movies, but went back and watched the rest of them to catch up, so I was definitely learning on the job."

"I was not an X-Men reader when I was young," Moyer said.

"I was a Spider-Man [fan...] I remember when that first Tobey Maguire movie came out. Flying through the streets. I literally, viscerally had this flashback to being 8 years old and flying through the streets and that was all I was interested in."

"The Gifted" airs Monday nights on FOX.

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