Kodi Smit-McPhee has been acting since he was a 10-year-old in his native Australia. He became known internationally in 2014 when he landed the role of Alexander opposite Andy Serkis in Twentieth Century Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He used that to jump into another Fox franchise, joining the X-Men cast as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016.

This summer, Smit-McPhee returns to his role as Kurt Wagner in the upcoming Dark Phoenix, which may or may not wrap up the franchise. SYFY WIRE spoke with Smit-McPhee about his thoughts on his relationship to his comic book mom Mystique and Kurt’s internal struggles. READ MORE