American Horror Story has taken us on a pretty wild ride over the last six years. We started out with Dr. Harmon and his family when they moved into a house with a dark and twisted history and from there we were hooked. Next up we took a trip to a mental asylum run by a sadistic nurse and a Nazi doctor who liked to perform strange experiments on forgotten patients. Season three took us into the world of witches and by season four we were lining up for tickets to the Freak Show. The creators were able to keep it fresh with a hotel filled with vampires and ghosts for season five and season six took us behind the scenes of the mysterious Roanoke.
With season seven about to air in less than two weeks American Horror Story fever is in the air and while we wait for the latest story to unfold we thought you might enjoy a few behind the scenes pictures from the show.
You might be able to watch an entire season of AHS in just a few hours but it takes months of work to make that possible. Here are a few rare pictures from behind the scenes of your favorite FX series.
15 Head On A Platter
14 The Witches Are Coming
13 That Doesn’t Look Like Evan Peters
But let’s get back to the rubber suit and Evan Peters for a minute. Did you know that he was completely naked underneath that tight outfit? It’s true. Peters revealed in an interview that the suit was so tight he had to use lubricant to get into it. And he still managed to split one of the suits as well. AHS went through eight rubber suits while making Murder House.
12 Swapping Stories
Brad Falchuk said that although the storyline of the series was dark it was hard not to smile on set. He said, “You've got this insane, ether-addicted ghost abortionist doctor birthing these two twins, one of them is Satan’s child, and the other one is this poor little brother that’s been parasitically shed off by Satan, his older brother, Satan’s spawn. Meanwhile, you have these two murdered ghosts and they’re assisting. And you have the baby stolen away by the dead mistress of the guy who thinks he’s the father of both children but is actually only the father of one, and the one that dies. The dead baby is taken away. And Jessica Lange is in the room. How do you not have a smile on your face?”
11 Break Time
In this rare behind the scenes picture from AHS: Coven we see Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, and Lily Rabe, relaxing in-between takes in their distinctive black witchy costumes. So yes, actors are just regular people who are just as addicted to their smartphones as the rest of us. Feel better now?
10 Double Take
It took a lot of work to get it right but the effect was mesmerizing for viewers. In order to create the two different Tattler sisters, Paulson was required to wear one of two prosthetic heads during the filming. Each scene that she was in took up to 15 hours to film!
9 It’s Really Just The Makeup
The series creators have teased that Evan’s role in the upcoming AHS: Cult, will be his best ever and that’s saying something. So far he’s played a school shooter, an asylum inmate, a boy who gets rebuilt Frankenstein- style, a Freak Show lobster boy, a serial killer and an actor but not much is known about his new character Kai apart from the fact that he will be romantically involved with Sarah Paulson’s character. Guess we will all just have to wait and see!
8 Lobster Boy
Like many characters in American Horror Story, Lobster Boy was based on a real person but he wasn’t anything like the sweet Jimmy Darling. His name was Grady Franklin Stiles Jr. and he was born with a condition called ectrodactyly, which caused his fingers and toes to fuse together. He was a violent drunk and even murdered his daughter’s fiancée but never went to jail for the crime because at the time no state institution could care for a man with his condition.
7 Behind The Scenes Artists
But despite being visually incredible AHS: Hotel still received mixed reviews. Some critics were not crazy about Lady Gaga in the leading lady role but she certainly had big shoes to fill when Jessica Lange stepped out of the series. Matt Zoller Seitz of Vulture said that Lady Gaga was "terrible here in the way that Madonna was terrible in a lot of her '90s films, at once too poised and too blank” while David Weiland of San Francisco Chronicle said Gaga "makes an enormous visual impact, but the minute she opens her mouth to deliver a line, it's obvious that acting just isn't one of her many talents”.
6 Being Nan
This inspirational young lady also became the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the New York Fashion Week catwalk in 2015. Impressive!
5 Night Time At The Freak Show
4 Just Chilling In His Towel
McDermott said that he truly enjoyed making AHS: Murder House even though he knew from the beginning that his character and family would end up dying at the end. He knew that there would be no season 2 with the Harmon family but said that he loves this new way of doing a series: with a different set of characters each time.
3 Behind The Scenes At Briarcliff Manor
Ryan Murphy had this to say when the season’s new name was announced in August 2012, "We picked 'Asylum' because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange's character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted. This year's theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.”
2 The Lady Is Here
1 The Real Star Of Hotel
O’Hare admitted that he was nervous about taking on the role but it turned out to be one of the highlights of his AHS journey, “When Ryan (Murphy) first described the character, I got nervous and a little bit scared, even though I trust Ryan and I love all of my 'Horror Story' characters. I never thought of playing a transgender part. I've never explored that side of myself. I've never worn high heels or put on a dress. So those weren't things I was comfortable doing."
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