Lucifer Star Reveals What His Clergy Family Thinks About His Devilish Role

Stars Tom Ellis and Lauren German dish on their new Fox show

By Jean Bentley Jan 25, 2016 5:00 PMTags
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Tom Ellis is not the devil, but he totally plays him on TV. The star of Fox's new drama, Lucifer, plays the fallen angel and Lord of Hell who decides to leave the heat of Hades for the Los Angeles sunshine—and in real life, four of his family members are clergymen and women.

The actor and costar Lauren German, who plays LAPD homicide detective Chole Dancer, spoke to E! News' Kristin Dos Santos about their new series—and how Ellis' family feels about the show. Lucifer follows the devil himself as he opens a nightclub and becomes a consultant for LAPD, utilizing his ability to compel people to expose their hidden desires and reveal their sins.

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Ellis' dad, uncle, sister and brother-in-law are all clergy. "I come basically from my own private superchurch," he jokes, and they've all seen the show. "They're really excited that I got this and I'm doing this…this is what I'm saying about people who make a lot of assumptions about what they think this show might be: Then they watch it they go, ‘Oh, okay, and it's fun.' If anything, I think satire is a really good thing."

He adds that it's "Using people's perception of something to maybe highlight the faults elsewhere, and that's what we're doing in this show."

Check out the video above to watch the stars dish on which celebs we'll meet in hell—"We've alluded to certain groups of people," Ellis says—and whether or not they've broken the law recently.

Lucifer airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.