“American Horror Story” executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Dante DiLoreto joined series writer Tim Minear and “Coven” cast members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer last night, March 28, at PaleyFest 2014 in Hollywood.
Following the fun PaleyFest tradition, moderator Tim Stack (“Entertainment Weekly”) opened the discussion to the large, enthusiastic audience for questions at the end and some Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters fans got a special treat.
Four fans from Mexico were clad in t-shirts saying, “I wear black on Wednesdays” and one gentleman in the group first gushed over Emma Roberts saying, “I love you Emma! Oh my God” and then addressed Sarah Paulson saying, “Last week, Sarah Paulson answered me on Tweet. She say that I was nuts, oh my God! We made a t-shirt about it.”
He held up a white t-shirt with their Twitter conversation displayed on the front. Sarah smiled and asked them to bring it to her. The fans hurried to the stage and were bowled over when she knelt down and signed the shirt for them. Two more young girls asked if they could bring her letters and she said “Bring them on up!” The girls rushed forward, gave Sarah the letters and she jokingly tucked them down the front of her dress.
Another fan who dubbed “American Horror Story: Asylum” as her favorite season, asked Sarah if it was hard to “come out” of playing Lana at the end of the day.
She replied, “It was. But at the same time, that’s what I signed up to do. I made a joke about a peg leg and a black tooth but to me, what I mean by that is that the harder, the more extreme, the deeper I had to go, the more interested I was in doing it. It was my favorite season too and my favorite character I have ever played in my life."
Sarah has certainly risen to some incredible creative challenges over the course of the past two seasons on AHS. She delivered a riveting portrayal of journalist Lana Winters who endured sadistic torture at the hands of “Asylum’s” serial killing villain Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto) which included being forced to do aversion therapy to be "cured" of homosexuality and then he held her prisoner and raped while wearing the infamous Bloody Face mask, which was crafted from his victims’ flesh.
Sarah's “Coven” character Cordelia Fox had acid thrown in her face, was blinded, had her vision restored and then gouged her own eyes out with gardening shears to regain her powers. It seems likely season four’s “Freak Show” will bring some more envelope pushing fright and gore for the talented fan favorite actress.
AHS hunk Evan Peters has also stretched himself creatively across the “American Horror Story” landscape by playing tortured yet sympathetic sociopath Tate Langdon in “Murder House,” wrongly accused and socially progressive Briarcliff Manor inmate Kit Walker who was imprisoned and tortured in “Asylum” and a “reanimated” Frankenstein-style mutant creature Kyle in “Coven.” Kyle also endured unimaginable horror in being molested by his mother and spent most of the season being unable to speak and battling fits of rage.
Season one’s Tate Langdon is arguably Evan’s breakout role and he earned legions of loyal fans who followed his tragic love stories opposite Taissa Farmiga as troubled teen Violet Harmon in “Murder House” and Zoe in “Coven.”
At the end of the Q & A, two girls asked if they could get a hug from Evan to which Tim replied, “That took a lot longer than I thought.”
The girls came forward and Evan gave them each big hugs and then he returned to his seat, happily donning the hand-knitted hat they gave him, which had ears and eyes on it like a bear.
AHS co-star Denis O’Hare tweeted a photo of Evan wearing the hat, grinning, with the caption “Evan got a hat at #PaleyFest.”
Series co-creator Ryan Murphy evoked thunderous applause when he announced everyone seated on the stage that night would be returning for season four’s “Freak Show,” along with Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) who will play Evan Peters’ character’s father and Kathy Bates’ character’s ex-husband.
Season four will be filmed in New Orleans, set in Florida in 1950 and will feature Jessica Lange as a German ex-pat who will be running one of the last known existing freak shows.
“American Horror Story” returns to FX network this fall.