Exclusive Interview: Stephen Moyer and Natalie Alyn Lind on ‘The Gifted’ Season 2

The Gifted Season 2 Stephen Moyer and Natalie Alyn Lind
Stephen Moyer and Natalie Alyn Lind in ‘The Gifted’ season 2 (Photo by Annette Brown © 2018 Fox Broadcasting Co)

Fox Entertainment brought the entire cast of The Gifted to their evening party for the Television Critics Association. The X-Men series is in its second season, with the Strucker family on the run from the Inner Circle.

We caught Stephen Moyer and his TV daughter Natalie Alyn Lind hustling some hors d’oeuvres (networks always forget to feed their talent). So with a prime spot for the wait staff and a glass of wine in his hand, Moyer and Lind spoke with Showbiz Junkies about the rest of the season. The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on Fox.

So what’s coming up for the Strucker family?

Stephen Moyer: “Well, lots of drama.”

Natalie Alyn Lind: “Lots of unexpected twists.”

Stephen Moyer: “Lots of crescendo to the season. Everything, if you’ve been following, is kind of building in one direction. The Inner Circle are trying to take over the world. They’re doing bad stuff, we’re trying to stop them.”

Is there still room for those family moments when the world is at stake?

Natalie Alyn Lind: “I think our show will always find a moment for family moments.”

Stephen Moyer: “We get a couple of really nice scenes actually, don’t we? One in 15, one in 16. It’s really nice for us to have some. In fact, has our episode played yet where I come and follow you?”

Natalie Alyn Lind: “Yes.”

Stephen Moyer: “Oh yeah, that was great.”

Could you have imagined when you started The Gifted where you’d be halfway through season two?

Stephen Moyer: “We do cover a lot of ground. I don’t know, really. I wasn’t sure that I would get powers. I got powers right at the end of season one, coming into season two. I wouldn’t have thought that that would’ve happened yet.”

Did they tell you it was a long term plan?

Stephen Moyer: “I had a feeling that that would maybe be in there at some point, but I think the studio really liked the idea of it so they pushed Matt [Nix] to create that.”

Do Reed and Kate still have time to parent? Do they still have the authority to parent while they’re all on the run?

Natalie Alyn Lind: “Well, obviously just me.”

Stephen Moyer: “To be fair to the program makers, it’s hard. With all the story that’s going on, to give us those moments that we all kind of crave, which are those character beats is very difficult. And we’re always trying to push for those beats to be with our kids and have moments of learning and doing all of that stuff. So, we do have a couple.

There’s lots of stories to finish, lots of things that have been set up and teed up that need to be finished. In so doing, there are moments where we will get to close portals, close doors and finish stuff. We always want more. I think every actor is always going, ‘Oh, I want to do this. I want to do that.'”

I’m just thinking with teenagers, yes, it’s life and death but you still don’t want teenagers to run rampant.

Stephen Moyer: “Especially not these two. They’re very rampant together, my twins.”

Natalie Alyn Lind: “My twins?”

Stephen Moyer: “Not that they’re twins, but…”

How does this season finale compare to last year’s, where they brought down a plane?

Stephen Moyer: “And they [Lind and Percy Hynes White] brought down a building. Emma [Dumont] brought down a plane.”

Natalie Alyn Lind: “I think it’s even crazier than the last one and something big happens which kind of puts the show into a new perspective.”

Stephen Moyer: “I think there’s a leaping off point into the future kind of idea.”

Being in a season and a half of The Gifted with all these super powers, is it more similar or different to True Blood at this point?

Stephen Moyer: “I think that if you remember season two of True Blood, we had the crazy eyes and the maenads and the crazy sex orgies all the way through that season. [Joking] So it’s pretty much just like that but ours is off stage.”