Speaking to a room full of press including CBR at New York Comic Con, The Gifted star Emma Dumont confirmed that her mutant character -- Lorna Dane, AKA Polaris -- suffers from a form of bipolar disorder.
In the comics Polaris has bipolar disorder. Is that something you'd like to explore on The Gifted?
100% that’s something we’re already doing. You’re totally correct, she has bipolar disorder. She’s unmedicated, she’s not being treated for it, I don’t even know if in our show she knows she has it — but she definitely does. She has major bouts of mania and very, very low times of depression…I think it’s really rad to see [someone] mentally ill — also a woman — be a hero.
In the comics, Polaris also has a form of bipolar disorder -- something that was confirmed by writer Peter David who crafted the character's stories for a number of years over in the '90s X-Factor, and once again in a new volume of X-Factor a few years back. It seems her Magneto parentage isn't the only strong similarity to her comics version.
Airing Mondays at 9 pm ET/PT on Fox, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont cast as Lorna Dane/Polaris, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong and Blair Redford as John Proudstar/Thunderbird, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker.