Now into its seventh, disturbing season, American Horror Story doesn’t seem to be losing momentum. The hit horror anthology has been confirmed for an eighth and nine season, meaning we won’t have to give up our favorite creepy treat any time soon.
But what is it that makes American Horror Story so addictive? Is it Ryan Murphy’s knack for creating memorable characters? Is it the spectacular cinematography or the subtle links between seasons? The costumes? The special effects? While these certainly contribute to the success of the show, we believe that it’s the people who bring the stories to life season after season that really keep us coming back. The show has an incredible cast – from relatively new faces in the acting world to veteran Hollywood stars like Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates. We’ve seen celebrities like Stevie Nicks make cameo appearances and Lady Gaga walked away with a Golden Globe for her role in AHS: Hotel. It’s truly the actors, the people behind the characters, that make it so enjoyable to watch. And of course, we all have our favs.
Here are 15 facts we bet you didn’t know about the people behind your favorite AHS characters:
15 Denis O’Hare Was Hesitant About His Role As Liz Taylor
“He told me that she was a transgender woman with a shaved head, bold lip, Cleopatra eye, gorgeous, worked in the hotel,” O’Hare said. “Liz Taylor ended up being a very special character for me. I didn’t really necessarily think she was going to be when we started the season. When he 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.”
14 Zachary Quinto Loved To Entertain The Crew – With His Banjo
But in real life, Zachary is nothing like the characters he’s portrayed, and by all accounts he’s a really funny guy, too. His quirk is that he loves the banjo (yes, you read that correctly), and during the filming of the first and second season, he loved to whip out his banjo and play between takes. Apparently, he felt that the set was creepy and decided that the music would lighten the mood.
13 Creators Used Sarah Paulson’s Real Phobias To Create Ally
12 Jessica Lange Is Done With AHS
“We’ve had a great run here,” she said. “I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I’ve had the opportunity to play, and in all madness, I love the writers and Ryan and the insanity of shooting it.” Of course, the show has gone on without her, but it’s just not the same is it?
11 Kathy Bates Even Spoke In A Baltimore Accent Off Set
For AHS: Freak Show, Bates performed with a rather obscure accent, a dialect that originated in South and Southeast Baltimore, Maryland. It’s called a Baltimore accent and if you don’t come from this area it’s exceptionally difficult to learn. Of course, Bates is an Oscar-winning actress so she managed to pull it off, but it wasn’t easy. She prepared by listening to interviews with people from this area and perfected her pronunciation by singing the National Anthem in the accent every morning. She then continued to speak in the accent off set so she wouldn’t lose it – pretty impressive!
10 Natalie Grossman Was Once Kicked Off The Set
Grossman is a striking woman, so her transformation into Pepper wasn’t easy. She shaved her head for the role and needed three hours in the makeup and prosthetic department every day to morph into the pinhead character. She looks so different without her makeup that she was once even booted off the set by a new security guard who didn’t recognize who she was.
9 Evan Peters Auditioned For The Hunger Games
8 John Carroll Lynch Apologized For Twisty
7 Billie Lourd Is Carrie Fisher's Daughter
6 Angela Basset Also Directed American Horror Story
But her talents don’t begin and end with acting, she also recently made her directorial debut, with one of the most memorable episodes of AHS: Roanoke. Basset tried her hand at directing with the sixth episode of the series, where the format of the show flips from docuseries into a mockumentary style, with footage from hidden surveillance video, confessional-style booths, and hand-held iPhone recordings. This is a tough format, but Basset managed to pull it off while still performing in the episode herself.
5 Emma Roberts Is Back With Evan Peters, Again
4 Jamie Brewer Helped Change State Legislation
3 Wes Bentley Struggled With Addiction
2 Gabourey Sidibe Underwent Weight Loss Surgery
Gabourey has struggled with weight issues since childhood and recently opened up about her struggles with depression, anxiety, and bulimia in her new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare. She recently underwent weight loss surgery, after her brother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
“I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes,” she said. “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”