ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 98: Emma Dumont of THE GIFTED on FOX Talks About Playing Polaris

source: https://comicsverse.com/episode-98-emma-dumont-interview/

“I am Polaris.” Words I never expected to hear my whole life. I didn’t even expect to hear it when I spoke with Emma Dumont who plays Polaris (aka Lorna Dane) on Fox’s THE GIFTED.

Polaris’s Journey

I picked up my first X-Men comic by the time I turned seven years old. Polaris (aka Lorna Dane) almost instantly earned a spot on my favorites list. She persevered through witnessing a genocide, her fiance abandoning her at the altar, being possessed by a psychic vampire, the list goes on and on. Despite her difficult journey, at the core of Lorna Dane’s personality lies the naked struggle for a human being to survive, to persevere and thrive.

Episode 96: Investigating X-Men’s Polaris in Comics and Fox’s THE GIFTED

Polaris’s story is universal. We have all experienced it one time or another. Unfortunately for some, they experience these downturns a lot more than most. For more than thirty years, I imagined what the experience of meeting Lorna Dane might feel like. This Emma Dumont interview granted me that wish, a wish I never fathomed would become reality.

Emma Dumont Researched the $%@& out of Lorna Dane!

Once, a friend described comic book fandom as similar to the NRA. I wish he was 100% wrong. We’re all too aware the national conversation has descended into the gutter. It somehow managed to seep its way into comic book culture, a medium sprung out of oppression. In the past, comic book fans criticized movie counterparts from their favorite comics harshly. On occasion, cause exists when an actor’s disdain for portraying a comic book character is obvious. In the case of Emma Dumont, nothing could be further from the truth.

Recently, ComicsVerse conducted a two-hour podcast all about Lorna Dane (aka Polaris). I, personally, re-read over 200 issues in the months preceding the podcast. Before our interview started, I meant to ask if Emma had read any comics with Polaris in them. I felt so nervous that I forgot to ask. Not too long into the conversation, I realized Emma was as versed, if not more, in all the comics featuring Polaris we read, every comic book reader’s dream when it comes to how they want actors to approach their favorite characters!

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in the "got your siX" episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in the “got your siX” episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX

Emma Dumont, the Artist

I often caught myself talking too much during the interview. Please accept my apologies in advance. Talking with Emma felt so natural, like talking with any number of my good female friends. Just when I thought things couldn’t get more awesome, something profound happened. We gave it lip service several times in the interview.

However, experiencing this felt so different than simply knowing it. Emma Dumont committed herself so intensely to the role of Lorna Dane that differences between them ceased to exist. I’m not hyperbolizing. I bore witness to art in its purest form — an artist sitting in their truth with their need overlapping their character’s need. It wasn’t a scene. Emma certainly wasn’t acting, and that didn’t take anything away from the experience.

Emotional Truths

Hollywood too often stinks of bullshit and huge egos. Emma Dumont’s humility and sense of self appear to allow her to create art on network television. Emma doesn’t hold any punches when it comes to expressing her fear that THE GIFTED too closely resembles life under the Trump Administration for minorities. Referring to herself as a privileged white girl, she states her plight.

Emma Dumont’s goal is for people to understand how closely the discrimination and oppression her character experiences in THE GIFTED is real for too many people. Emma’s commitment to understanding something she says she hasn’t experienced makes her goal even nobler. However, after discussing her history in more detail, Emma felt like an outcast growing up too.

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What we are privy to in Emma Dumont’s portrayal of Polaris is nothing short of lucky. As the audience, we get to experience Emma struggling in a world that discriminates and judges. Every week, we get to see her live in her pain. The world isn’t safe for everyone. Emma Dumont wants us to know that so fiercely she surrenders her comfort and emotional armor in order for us to see what its like for people who have it worse than we do. In sacrificing that, Lorna Dane becomes even more of a living breathing human being.

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont and Sean Teale in the "boXed In" airing Monday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont and Sean Teale in the “boXed In” airing Monday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

Emma Dumont: “I am Polaris”

I grew up with Polaris as part of my life, and I care deeply about her character’s portrayal in comics and on the screen. I feel connected with her journey, and I meant it in the interview when I said Emma Dumont is the Polaris X-Men fans have been waiting for. My only regret is not telling Emma she’s the artist Polaris has been waiting for.

Emma Dumont isn’t kidding when she says “I am Polaris.”

I went into the interview knowing Polaris is a superhero. By the time the interview finished, I left knowing Emma Dumont is a superhero too.

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source: https://comicsverse.com/episode-98-emma-dumont-interview/

X-Men Monday Episode 17: Couples Retreat

The guy’s have a very dense episode for you. Ryan and Allen discuss The Gifted premiere, X-Men NYCC ’17 News, and last week’s books. Plus as always Fastball Tweets from the X-Men Monday Thread. Iceman continues to let the guy’s down. But there are a couple gems that lift the guy’s spirits. Tune into to hear all the X-Men related discussion. Thanks for listening!

Intro (0:00), The Gifted – First Impressions (1:33), News (8:17), Astonishing X-Men #4 (43:00), Iceman #6 (1:03:40), X-Men Gold #13 (1:17:26), Old Man Logan #29 (1:42:43), Fastball Tweets/Outro (1:56:00)

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Retcon X – “X-Men Theme Song”
Ongface – “Pending”

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ComicsVerse’s THE GIFTED After Show Episode 1: The Gift Gets Real

Fox titled THE GIFTED recently premiered. Set in a timeline where the X-Men have disappeared, THE GIFTED follows mutant siblings Lauren and Andy Strucker as they and their family flee the government and join forces with an underground group of mutants.

In the first episode of ComicsVerse’s THE GIFTED After Show, we discuss THE GIFTED’s take on the political and poignant themes the X-Men is known for. We talk about the cast and their performances and dig into the nature of the superhero genre in TV and film. THE GIFTED also features established mutants like Polaris, Blink, and Thunderbird, who contribute to the show’s greatest strengths.

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source: https://comicsverse.com/gifted-episode-1-show-gifted-gets-real/

Comic News Insider Episode 804 – I Heart NYCC!

Comic News Insider: Episode 804 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman The Murder Machine #1, Fu Jitsu #1, Marvel Legacy #1, Bob’s Burgers s8 premiere, Family Guy s16 premiere, The Gifted series premiere, Inhumans series premiere, Lucifer s3 premiere, Rick and Morty s3 finale

Jimmy is joined once again by regular co-host Jon Hoche! They chat about the upcoming New York Comic Con this weekend and what Jimmy is going to be covering. A LOT! Next couple of weeks will be coverage of press rooms for The Runaways, Gotham, The Tick, Dirk Gently, The Shannara Chronicles, SuperMansion, Carmilla, Agents of SHIELD, The Walking Dead and more! News includes: The Steve Dillon Memorial Charity Sketchbook will be on sale at NYCC, Marvel’s digital collected editions are on the Madefire platform, Danny Elfman will be incorporating elements of the original John Williams Superman theme in his Justice League score and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 96: Investigating X-MEN’s Polaris Before THE GIFTED

X-Men film franchise spin-off THE GIFTED premieres on Fox Television October 2017. It will feature prominent longtime X-Men teammate Polaris aka Lorna Dane. Polaris happens to be the daughter of Magneto. Created in the 1960’s, almost original X-Men character Polaris plays the role of the on-again/off-again daughter of Magneto. In honor of the television debut of the character of Polaris, ComicsVerse hosted a podcast about Polaris’s role in THE GIFTED as well as the emotional identity of Lorna Dane.

source: https://comicsverse.com/polaris-podcast-the-gifted-ep96/

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Episode 96: Investigating X-Men’s Polaris in Comics and Fox’s THE GIFTED

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Comic Frontline Live #152: BUUURN!!!!

Every week the Comic Frontline crew unites to do a LIVE Show through Google Hangouts where we discuss the news and comics of the week and have some fun while doing it!

This week the crew is in full force and in rare form as they discuss: Inhumans, Snyder leaving Justice League (prior to the sad news about his daughter), Injustice 2, The Gifted, and much more!

Plus ragging on each other, Worst Pick, The Top 5 Comics and Cover of the Week, Most Anticipated 3 comics for next week, let your voice be heard in our weekly poll https://goo.gl/wBDXuc and more!

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Comic News Insider Episode 491 – SDCC: Doctor Who w/ Jenna Coleman/Matt Smith/Stephen Moffat & An Adventure In Space & Time w/ David Bradley/Mark Gatiss

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Comic News Insider: Episode 491 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Burn the Orphanage #1, Sidekick #1, Trillium #1

The podcast wife, Erica Schultz, joins Jimmy in studio again! They briefly discuss some of the new TV coming out including Broadchurch and Low Winter Sun. Erica is heading off to Toronto in a couple of weeks for Fan Expo and tells us about Toronto Batman. Jimmy waxes on about poutine and weirdly starts saying random French words. The wheels fell off early in this episode! In more San Diego Comic Con coverage, you’ll hear the round tables for Doctor Who with Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith and Stephen Moffat as well as the ones for An Adventure In Space and Time with David Bradley and Mark Gatiss. News includes Kevin Maguire off of Justice League 3000, lots of news from D23 about various animated and live action projects but no Star Wars VII news,  and DC Nation animated shorts available online soon. As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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