R&B diva Patti LaBelle is putting her acting shoes back on. As first reported by TVLine Monday, the Grammy winning music legend has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” She will be playing the mother of Gabourey Sidibe’s character and will appear in four episodes of the FX series.
LaBelle’s character will not sing, but will play a key role in the latest edition of FX’s anthology hit series. Her character will be a local townsperson who begins to uncover the secrets of Twisty the clown killer played by John Carroll Lynch. What LaBelle’s character unravels could lead to her demise or might just be the beginning in the story involving the circus of freaks.
The latest edition of this bizarre series centers on the last freak show in America circa 1952. It stars series vets Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy. Along with Gaboury, newcomers to the cast include Michael Chiklis and Wes Bentley will appear as a guest star.
LaBelle will be the second pop star to appear on the series. Singer Stevie Nicks appeared as herself on “American Horror Story: Coven.” Nicks was called by Murphy to use her music on the series as a calming effect for the character of Misty. LaBelle’s casting is more about her acting and what she brings to the character. The part seems to be the perfect part for the singer, who has played motherly figures on television before.
LaBelle has had starring roles in the TV series’ “Out All Night” and “All of Us.” She has appeared in many films as a performer. Maybe somehow Murphy can get some of LaBelle’s music in the show in some way, even if she doesn’t sing. “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres on FX in October.