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

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Karen Butler
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in Los Angeles on February 24, 2013. The husband and wife have both starred in separate X-Men projects. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party in Los Angeles on February 24, 2013. The husband and wife have both starred in separate "X-Men" projects. File Photo by Chris Chew/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 5 (UPI) -- 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."

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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.

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"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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