On June 12, “American Horror Story” star Sarah Paulson treated her fans to a sneak peek of her upcoming “Freak Show” role via Twitter. She tweeted a photo of herself with two heads along with the caption “So excited to be playing Bette AND Dot this season. Two heads are better than one! #AHSFREAKSHOW”
Diehard “American Horror Story” fans are undoubtedly thrilled to learn this juicy detail about fan favorite actress Sarah Paulson’s newest AHS endeavor. While she had more of a minor role in season one “Murder House" as psychic Billie Dean, she became “Asylum” and “Coven’s” heroines.
In fact, the dynamic and versatile actress won a Best Supporting Actress Critics’ Choice Television Award and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her gripping portrayal of journalist Lana Winters who becomes trapped inside the “Asylum,” with little chance for escape. Paulson could indeed be in the running for another Emmy nod this year for her brilliant work as Cordelia on “Coven.” (She had to gouge her own eyes out, after all, shudder!)
AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy likes to keep a tight wrap on character and story lines, to surprise and excite both the fans and the actors before shooting. In a recent interview with “Gold Derby,” Evan Peters told host Tom O’Neil, “They like to cut it close. They like to leave the actors waiting with anticipation so we’re very excited when we get the script.”
Peters is currently slated to play AHS newbie Michael Chiklis and Kathy Bates’ son. Uh oh! Should we feel sorry for him? His “Coven” character, Kyle, had a monstrous, abusive mother. And, Kathy Bates made “Mommy Dearest” look like Mother of the Year in her role as slave torturer Delphine LaLaurie. There’s no telling what level of creepiness Bates and Chiklis will serve up as parents in “Freak Show.”
According to Dictionary.com, a freak show is “a display of people or animals with unusual or grotesque physical features.” Freak shows became a source of entertainment in England in the mid-16th century and spread around the globe. They declined in popular toward the end of the 19th century and some states, like Michigan, even have laws forbidding them.
Oscar winner Jessica Lange will be playing a German ex-pat who runs the freak show and Denis O’Hare returns as a collector of freaks. Other returning cast members include Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy and Emma Roberts.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres October 2014 on FX.