'The Gifted' Won't Ignore Polaris' Mental Illness on the Show, Star Emma Dumont Says

'The Gifted' Won't Ignore Polaris' Mental Illness on the Show, Star Emma Dumont Says

Emma Dumont gives Natalie Alyn Lind a cute hug during The Gifted panel at 2017 New York Comic Con this weekend.

During the event, Emma opened up about her character Polaris and how the show won’t just brush her mental illness under a rug.

The character, a mutant capable of manipulating metal, was later revealed to be Magneto’s daughter and to have inherited his history of mental illness, suffering recurring mental breakdowns throughout her stories.

“We definitely don’t tiptoe around that,” Emma shared (via EW). “She’s untreated, she’s unmedicated …. You will see her have very, very high highs of manic behavior and very low lows of depression, of crippling depression.

She adds that the show is handling it with respect.

“Something we’re treating respectfully is she’s not just ‘the crazy girl,’” she says. “Through her history, a lot of people have [called her] the crazy girlfriend. We’re showing her the respect that I think she deserves and take her seriously.”

The Gifted airs TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on Fox.

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