The Gifted Cast Preview The New 'Gritty, Street-Level' X-Men Series

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There's a moment in the pilot episode of Fox's new series Meet the characters of The Gifted .

The Gifted follows mutant siblings Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes-White) after an explosive event forces their family to go on the run from a hostile government that seeks to hunt and control them. The fact that their father Reed (Stephen Moyer) is a lawyer who prosecutes mutants for a living is only just the beginning of this family's woes.

Eventually, the Struckers find safety with the Mutant Underground. 'We offer them refuge in our headquarters,' Redford said. But don't expect to see any X-Jets or spandex superhero suits anytime soon. In this underground world, mutants are just trying to survive. For Lauren and Andy, however, it becomes home.

At its core, the X-Men franchise has always been about family, both the family you were born into and the family you find along the way. In Episode 3, Lind said, the Struckers are shunned by their extended family because of Lauren and Andy's mutant status. Not only does this put things into perspective for their mother Caitlin (Amy Acker), but it also makes them lean on the Underground for support — and training.

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Lauren and Andy Strucker in The Gifted .

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'When younger kids are being brought in to our headquarters, everybody takes a part in guiding them and helping them hone their powers,' Redford said. 'It's new to them. They're teenagers, and that's about the time when your mutant powers start to manifest.'

'We see a lot of ourselves in them,' Teale added.

While Lauren, who has the ability to generate shields made from air molecules, adapts rather quickly to her abilities, her younger brother, Andy, is a loose canon. Andy seems to have the most trouble harnessing his immense power, and his anger issues sure don't help.

'[Andy] is just filled with this rage and angst and resentment at the world,' Hynes-White said. 'Everybody sees [him] as a threat, but all [he's] wanted his whole life was to fit in. So you get to see a glimpse into Andy's head... he's like Anakin Skywalker. You never know.'

From their The Gifted premieres Monday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET .