Jessica Lange Breaks Down Her Career, from King Kong to American Horror Story (2023)

It's a very violent scene.

We were rehearsing.

It's hysterical and I'm kind of screaming.

There was this pounding on the door

and some neighbor had heard us and called the police.

We looked out the window, we were scared to death.

A cop car, two cop cars had pulled up.

I thought, this is the power of that thing.

[upbeat piano music]

You put me down!

Put me down.

King Kong is my first IMDB credit.

I was taking acting classes in New York,

I was working as a waitress at The Lion's Head.

I had gone to see a modeling agent in hopes that

maybe I could supplement my waitress income,

but I was never very successful at modeling,

but the woman there, the agent,

knew that I was serious about acting.

When she was contacted by De Launrentiis, she thought of me.

I arrived in LA and suddenly,

I'm driving through the gates of MGM,

which was my childhood studio.

Everything about MGM fascinated me.

They took one look at me and they weren't interested at all,

completely not the type he was looking for,

but since they had flown me out there,

they agreed to at least put me on camera.

I think the second AD showed up to just say roll it.

I did the scene and then he asked me

if I'd like to do another one, so I did another one.

Then he said, why don't you just wait a bit?

Pretty soon, then the AD came on the set and

he ran a few takes and then they called

the director to come.

Then the director showed up and I did a few more scenes

and then they called the producer.

De Launrentiis came to the set and

by the time I left that afternoon, I had the part.

It was one of those crazy, hard to believe stories,

but that's how it happened.

I think because I was so inexperienced

and it was the first time I was in front of cameras,

it didn't seem bizarre to me that

I was sitting in some big hydraulic hand

and playing scenes to blue screen or green screen.

At that point, it was better than being a waitress.

That's all I could keep thinking is,

this is a little more interesting

than going to The Lion's Head every night.

Not too much,

[woman laughs]

but a little bit.

[Man] Now that's what I call a real drinker's nose.

And you should know because you're

a real drinker, aren't you Joe?


Also heavy into speed, aren't you?


Also sleep with a great many women.

[Man] Real turn-off, huh?

Just the opposite.

Bob Fosse directed All That Jazz.

Bobby was a really dear friend

and he actually recognized something of my talent

that nobody else did at that time,

or very few people because after doing King Kong,

it was kind of just like she's not really

an actress or whatever.

There wasn't much to take away from that experience,

but Bobby, he really wanted me to work

and he wanted to create this character for me.

He was shooting All That Jazz and

had been shooting a long time.

I think they were way over budget and over schedule

'cause my scenes as the angel of death

were to come at the very end of the shooting schedule.

They told him that they were gonna shut down

and he really, really went to bat to

get those scenes that I was in shot.

He was just a really dear friend,

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very loyal and fiercely supportive.

That was basically my second part, my second role.

Everybody was fabulous,

Roy Scheider and all the actors that were in it.

I'm the only character in it that doesn't sing or dance.

I thought, not that I could sing.

I could dance a little,

but I certainly couldn't sing, but I thought,

this is an odd character in the midst

of this whole kind of musical meilleur to be,

but I understood what he was going for.

It was classic Bobby, wasn't it?

A beautiful young woman comes to gather you up

when your time is done.

The Postman Always Rings Twice.

[woman crying]

Say you won't leave me, please.

The idea that I was a newcomer and suddenly,

I was being directed by a great director like Bob Rafelson

and working with this extraordinary actor Jack Nicholson.

It did a lot just for my whole way of seeing

and thinking of myself as an actor.

Both of them were so incredibly generous to me

for all of that.

As you can imagine, working with Jack is a lot of fun.

We had a great time doing it.

Thinking back on that time,

it was like something there really

opened up for me as an actor.

It was the first time I had been given

the kind of part that felt like

maybe I was a dramatic actress and that

this was something I could pursue and want to pursue.

You were gonna leave me.

What are you, writing me a thank you note?

I learned a lot from watching Jack work

because he always had a sense of camera

that was kind of uncanny.

It wasn't the kind of acting that

I had studied in acting class, obviously.

That was something new to me,

that it was specific for the camera

how you created your performance.

I'd never even thought in those terms really before.

It's a classic story, James M. Cain.

His stories were always sex and death and opera.

I would've been insane not to do that part.

There would've been no reason in hell not to take that role.

I think more than anything,

it was the beginning of the way I work.

It was the beginning of finding the

emotional life and working from there.

You gotta go back there and tell them to let me out

'cause I'm ready to get out now,

so you go back in there and you tell them

that you're gonna let me out of here!

Frances, I'm warning you.

No, I'm warning you!

Graham Clifford was the editor of

Postman Always Rings Twice

and when he decided to direct the film,

he thought immediately of asking me to play Frances,

which is interesting because years before

when I was taking acting classes in New York

with Warren Robertson,

Warren Robertson gave me the book

Will There Really be a Morning,

which was Frances' autobiography, and said,

you should find some scenes in here to do for class

'cause this was scene study class.

I did, I found some excerpts of things to do in class

and a couple years later,

this movie comes to me of Frances Farmer.

I didn't have to think twice about doing it.

I knew I could do it and that

it would change my life doing it, and it kind of did.

Suddenly, I was considered really for the first time

a real actress.

I wanted to do it 'cause I knew it would be

one of the greatest roles I'd ever play

and the idea of exploring madness

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is something that has always fascinated me,

that idea of somebody who is living on the edge,

and the relationship with the mother

and the fact that after I talked to Graham about it,

he said, I'd like to offer this part to Kim Stanley.

Kim Stanley has always been, to me,

the greatest actress ever.

There's nobody that compares to Kim Stanley,

so the idea that I could play this role

with this actress and tell this story,

it was like a gift from the gods.

It turned out that way, really.

It was.

[Announcer] For her riveting portrayal of the beautiful,

but tortured actress,

a star with a comet that burned out too soon,

Jessica Lange in Frances.

[audience claps]

You're always yourself and I'm grateful for you,

but I just can't see you anymore.


I work in a very similar way that Kim worked.

There was no protective coating.

It was wild and it was raw and the

crazier it was, the better it was, especially for this part.

I think Kim recognized that.

She said to me, the best thing you can do

is do a comedy next.

Out of the blue, I got a call from Sydney Pollack

and Dustin Hoffman and there was Tootsie.

It was an extraordinary time, Frances and Tootsie.

It was a banner year.

It was a good year, it was a really, really good year.

I won an Oscar for Tootsie and a couple years later,

I won an Oscar for Blue Sky.

It just validated the fact that

people recognized that I could do it, that I did a good job.

The script was brilliant.

It was funny, it was smart, it was an extraordinary vehicle

for Dusty and I give Sydney Pollack

total credit for creating that role.

He really saw something in it and brought it forward.

It's funny, and it's touching.

Again, I think Sydney Pollack is one of the

genius directors.

I was so lucky to be able to work with him on that.

Sometimes I'm watching television at night

and it comes on and that scene,

it just plays so beautifully and the

way he let the camera follow us as we walked away.

It says everything about that relationship.

It's hopeful and it's sweet and it's tender.


Yes Leigh?

Listen to me Max.

Listen to me.

You know Max, since all this started,

I thought about you all the time.

I've tried to imagine what it must've

been like for you all those years locked up in jail.

First of all, that was one of those moments where

when I was talking to Marty and

he came to see me about doing this part.

I thought, this is a done deal.

I'm gonna work with Martin Scorsese

at least once in my career.

I wanna work with this brilliant man.

I loved working with Marty because

he has an enthusiasm that's almost childlike.

His love of film and the process is so contagious.

I'm sorry that I've only had one

opportunity to work with him.

The scene where my character that I played, Leigh,

is trying to bargain to not abuse her daughter,

to not assault her daughter, but to take her instead,

begging him to leave her daughter alone.

I want you to do it just with me, not with her,

because we have this connection.

That's one of those scenes where you

do your homework and you've got the lines,

you know what is expected,

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but something then explodes in the moment of doing it.

For me, that's always the thrill of acting

where you don't set things ahead of time.

With that scene, it really was some kind of explosion.

It's so emotionally powerful that it

kind of sweeps you along with it.

I loved that scene, I loved playing that scene.

It was a great project, it was.

I really enjoyed doing it.

I wish the opportunity to do something

like that would come up again.

Dance the waltz!

How can you resist it?

[woman coughs]

How can you resist that?

The director Michael Susi again asked me to do it

and of course I didn't give it a second thought.

Big Edie, are you kidding?

The way he had designed the story that

we would actually go back and tell some of the early stuff

to portray their early lives because

as you know in that brilliant documentary,

you're just in the house with these women

in this period of time at the end,

but Michael's script takes us through those

previous years to kind of see how this all came about.

I remember working with my singing coach

and we were getting ready to prerecord Tea For Two

and he said, I don't know,

do you wanna do anything different with it?

I thought, oh no, no.

I wanna do it beat by beat, breath by breath,

exactly as she did it because you could

never in a million years improve

on Big Edie's singing Tea For Two.

The way I found into her character every day

was listening to her voice.

I would come into the trailer in the morning

and I would put on the DVD.

It was an interesting process because

I would hear her voice and I would listen to it,

and I would listen to it, and I would listen to it,

and then suddenly I'd feel as though

something had settled down and that I had the character.

I loved her.

She's one of those characters.

You can look back in your whole cannon of work

and you can say, there were characters I

really fell in love with.

Frances Farmer obviously, Patsy Cline,

Blanche DuBois, Mary Tyrone, Edith Beale,

there are some that you just,

they mean so much to you and you just

hold them in your heart.

I loved everything about it except

the four hours in the makeup trailer in the makeup chair,

starting at 5AM.

Do they work?

You'll see.

Tonight, I'm gonna let the whole world in,

get a good look at me.

Who's the baddest witch now?

I was up at my farm Upstate New York

and the phone rang and he introduced himself

and I had head of Ryan Murphy, but I didn't know him.

I'd never met him in person and I

wasn't familiar with his work, really,

but I just loved his energy and his enthusiasm

right from the beginning.

It didn't take much to talk me into it.

He's heard me say this before,

but if Ryan wants something from you,

he knows exactly how to get it.

He spun this story of the first season

of American Horror Story and I thought,

I'm sitting up here at the farm.

Why not do it, why not do it?

I always wanted to do a psychological thriller.

It didn't end up exactly of that genre,

but that's what he originally promised me.

[woman laughs]

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I loved working with Ryan.

I loved his imagination and he had great writers

writing this stuff specifically for me.

It is a very special way of working

when you know the writers understand who you are,

your voice, what you like to do, the emotional content,

and what you're willing to do,

and they're crafting it specifically for you.

I'm still a little bit caught off guard

when people in obscure places will

suddenly recognize me and I realize

that's the power of television.

It is there and they have a sense of familiarity with you

that they wouldn't have from film.

For me, it was the last season that I did,

the fourth season, Freak Show.

I loved the character of Elsa.

The set outside of New Orleans and this

field and all the carnival equipment set up

and the tents and the seediness of it.

It was like a poem to me.

It was so beautiful.

The fact that I got to sing David Bowie,

[woman laughs]

it was a great season.

♪ Sailors fighting in the dance hall ♪

♪ Oh man, look at those cavemen go ♪

I'm not a singer so it was very kind of them

to entrust these musical numbers to me.

I worked really hard at it, but I'm not a natural singer.

It was fun, it was great fun to try.

You win the election, what do we get out of it?

She really loves boats,

specifically those Disney-themed cruises, right?

Ryan at his most seductive and convincing,

calling me up and I know he wants something.

I'm not exactly sure what this is gonna be,

but the idea that it was a comedy,

I think that made all the difference because

I'd done four seasons of American Horror Story with him

and then Betty and Joe,

but this was going to be a dark comedy

and I thought, I wanna try that.

In all my long, many years acting,

I've only done two comedies, Tootsie and then this one,

so I thought, let me try this.

The part is so outrageous and she is a monster,

and she's selfish, and ignorant, willfully ignorant,

and what she does is inexcusable and criminal,

but it's also in the context of comedy.

You think I should kill him?


Yes, yes I do.

The look, I thought about that going into it

and Ryan and I talked about it.

This was a young girl, maybe as a teenager,

and somewhere in some rural West Virginia, poor,

I always imagined she was probably abused,

and she sees this film Five Easy Pieces

and sees Karen Black and thinks,

that's what I wanna look like,

and she creates that look for herself,

goes to Hollywood hoping to become the next Vanna White,

and now we're 30 years later, whatever,

and this is the character you have

and she still looks like she's

trying to be Karen Black, but she isn't.

[woman laughs]

That time has passed.

It was a fun character to play, it really was.

[light upbeat music]

I remember the advice Kim Stanley gave me once

'cause you're in the middle of

all of this stuff going on and she said,

just remember, the work speaks for itself.

I would keep that very close, that advice.

The work speaks for itself.

None of the other stuff matters in the long run,

the rewards, the awards, the publicity,

the success, the so-called failures, whatever,

it's the work.

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The work speaks for itself.


Why did Jessica Lange quit American horror story? ›

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the time, Jessica's explanation for her exit was simple – after four years on the project, she felt she'd run her course and struggled with the commitment every year. "This is a six-month commitment every year. That will be four years in a row," she told the magazine.

Is Jessica Lange in Season 5 AHS? ›

She quickly became a fan favorite, so it was a shock to fans when she announced that she wasn't going to return for the fifth season, Hotel.

What is Jessica Lange doing now? ›

She's a New York City resident though she travels and works plenty. Right now, she's in Ireland, filming “Long Day's Journey Into Night,” playing Mary Tyrone, for the third time. Lange took on the role in stage productions in London and then, winning a Tony Award, a 2016 production on Broadway.

What movies has Jessica Lange played in? ›

Jessica Lange

Who passed away from American Horror Story? ›

Leslie Jordan, an Emmy-winning actor, writer and singer best known for his roles in “Will & Grace,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire,” has died. He was 67. Jordan was driving in Hollywood Monday morning and crashed into the side of a building at Cahuenga Blvd.

Why is Beau deformed in American Horror Story? ›

Beauregard "Beau" Langdon (Sam Kinsey) is the son of Constance and Hugo Langdon and the brother of Tate, Adelaide, and Rose. He is afflicted with craniodiaphyseal dysplasia and seems to suffer a mental disability as well.

What is the scariest AHS season? ›

Here's our ranking of the scariest American Horror Story seasons!
  • 8.) Coven – Season 3.
  • 7.) Double Feature – Season 10.
  • 6.) Murder House – Season 1.
  • 5.) Hotel – Season 5.
  • 4.) Roanoke – Season 6.
  • 3.) Freak Show – Season 4.
  • 2.) Asylum – Season 2.
  • 1.) Cult – Season 7.
Oct 18, 2022

What is the scariest episode of AHS? ›

These are seven of the scariest episodes from American Horror Story so far.
  • 7/7 Camp Redwood (1984, Episode 1)
  • 6/7 Monsters Among Us (Freak Show, Episode 1)
  • 5/7 Checking In (Hotel, Episode 1)
  • 4/7 Chapter 5 (Roanoke, Episode 5)
  • 3/7 Piggy Piggy (Murder House, Episode 6)
  • 2/7 Neighbors From Hell (Cult, Episode 3)
Nov 16, 2022

Has any actor been in all AHS seasons? ›

Paulson and Peters are the show's biggest mainstays, having appeared in every season except 1984 (season 9). In 2021, the Carol actress admitted that she regrets saying “yes” to Roanoke (season 6), arguably the show's weakest season.

How rich is Jessica Lange? ›

6. Jessica Lange, 73 – US$20 million.

Will Jessica Lange ever return to AHS? ›

Jessica Lange will not be coming back for Season 10 of 'AHS. ' Unfortunately, viewers will not see Jessica Lange in Season 10 of American Horror Story. We know it's hard to imagine the show without her, but it doesn't seem like she will be coming back at all to the show.

Who is Jessica Lange's partner? ›

Who did Jessica Lange play in AHS season 1? ›

She portrayed Constance Langdon in Murder House and Apocalypse. Lange, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are the only three cast members to appear in all episodes of Asylum. Lange, Paulson, Taissa Farmiga and Emma Roberts are the only four cast members to appear in all episodes of Coven.

How many AHS is Jessica Lange in? ›

Jessica has had a starring role in four of the ten (ongoing) seasons and played alongside acting heavyweights such as Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Evan Peters, helping create television gold and some of the most loved characters in the entire series.

Can Jessica Lange really sing? ›

Although Lange doesn't do her own singing, she proves adept at not only lip-synching but transforming her usually soft speaking voice to match Cline's distinctive growl.

Who is the father of the baby in American Horror Story? ›

Episode no. The episode was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie. In this episode, Vivien (Connie Britton) gives birth and her daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) learn that Tate (Evan Peters) is the biological father to one of her new siblings.

Will Grace star dies? ›

LOS ANGELES — Leslie Jordan, who won an Emmy playing the conniving Beverly Leslie on “Will & Grace” and became a social media sensation during the pandemic, died Monday after crashing his car into a wall while driving in Hollywood, his spokesman said.

Who is the pregnant girl in American Horror Story? ›

Appearances. Liv Whitley is a wife who does the unthinkable for a chance at a successful pregnancy. She is a character in American Horror Stories portrayed by Billie Lourd.

What disorder did Tate have? ›

Tate had severe depression and other psychological problems, and he didn't have a parent to step in to help him fight his own personal demons and tell him right from wrong. Unfortunately, Constance did not have enough stability in her own life to be able to do this.

Who is the oldest Langdon child? ›

  • Constance Langdon (Matriarch)
  • Hugo Langdon (Constance's first husband)
  • Larry Harvey (Constance's lover and prospective second husband)
  • Tate Langdon (Constance and Hugo's eldest son)
  • Adelaide Langdon (Constance and Hugo's daughter)
  • Beauregard "Beau" Langdon (Constance and Hugo's middle child)

Why does Constance's daughter not have eyes? ›

The most notable thing about Rose is the fact that both of her eyes have been gouged out, which was possibly her cause of death. (She's also a ghost!)

What's the least scariest season of AHS? ›

Season 3 - Coven

Coven is hands down the least scary season. Sure, it has witches and demons and such — and of course, the usual bloodletting — but it's not nearly as disturbing as the rest of the show, in part because it focuses so much on the maneuvering among the various witches for the power that they all want.

Which season of AHS is the most popular? ›

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' - 77%

Freak Show is the most AHS season of AHS.

Which AHS is rated the best? ›

As far as the best seasons of AHS go, Asylum and Murder House are neck and neck. But the finale's last-ditch plot twist that few saw coming (or, honestly, asked for) was just enough to resign Asylum to the second spot on our list, though not without a good fight.

Who is the best AHS villain? ›

Sister Mary Eunice / The Devil (Season 2, 'Asylum')

Arguably AHS' most iconic villain of all time, it doesn't get any more sinister than the Devil. In the second season of Murphy's spooky show, American Horror Story: Asylum, fans were introduced to numerous evil characters.

What is inappropriate about American Horror Story? ›

Parents need to know that American Horror Story's content is designed to shock, and you can expect a variety of scary, disturbing, and graphic scenes that include strong language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and extreme violence.

Is American Horror Story Fake? ›

Sorry to make all your nightmares a reality but American Horror Story is in fact based on several real events and historical figures. Much of the show's plot-lines are not make-believe, as you assumed.

Why did Evan Peters stop acting in AHS? ›

The actor has stated before that he needed a break from the anthology horror series. Peters also wanted to explore other roles and project. Most recently, Peters is seen in Netflix's Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, where he portrays serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Who is not returning to AHS? ›

Everyone wants to know if Evan Peters is in AHS season 11. Unfortunately, Peters won't be returning for this installment. He's considered a veteran of the show, appearing in almost every season since its inception in 2011 in an incredibly intense role as Tate Langdon.

What seasons of AHS are being removed? ›

All five seasons of American Horror Story that are currently on Netflix will be leaving the streaming service within the next few months. One by one, your favourite seasons will be removed from the streaming service, starting with Lady Gaga's finest work: AHS: Hotel.

Is Jessica a billionaire? ›

Was Jessica Simpson ever a billionaire? Simpson the person has never been a billionaire, but her Jessica Simpson clothing and accessories brand has been valued at $1 billion.

What is the age of Jessica Lang? ›

What is Artie Langes net worth? ›

Artie Lange Net Worth
Net Worth:$1 Million
Height5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
ProfessionComedian, Actor, Film Producer, Radio personality, Screenwriter, Taxi driver, Author
NationalityUnited States of America
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Will there be a AHS 11? ›

AHS recently confirmed the theme and release date of the new season following months of fan theories and speculation, too. The latest in Ryan Murphy's horror anthology series will be set in New York City and will arrive in the US this October, which was confirmed by the show's official Twitter account.

Why does the story change in AHS season 10? ›

American Horror Stories also gives us a further clue as to why the original show has split Season 10 into two. The creation of the spin-off show that tells a new story every week showed that the show was willing to experiment with telling shorter stories.

Why did Kathy Bates leave American Horror Story? ›

In February 2020, Ryan Murphy confirmed her return for the tenth season, Double Feature, although she was forced to drop out due to health concerns and her role of Belle Noir was given to Frances Conroy.

How long were Sam and Jessica together? ›

But he was known to his former partner of almost three decades, Oscar winner Jessica Lange, as simply "Sammy." Mere hours before the playwright's death was announced, the 68-year-old actress, who was with Shepard from 1982-2009, opened up to AARP The Magazine about her tumultuous relationship with the legend.

What is Jessica Lange famous for? ›

Jessica Lange is an award-winning American actress best known for her roles in 'King Kong,' 'Tootsie,' 'Grey Gardens' and 'American Horror Story.

Who is Claire Sweeney partner? ›

Claire Sweeney
Occupation(s)Actress, dancer, singer and broadcaster
Years active1989–present
Partner(s)Tony Hibbard (2001–2007) Daniel Reilly (2013–2015)
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What is AHS season 1 inspired by? ›

American Horror Story's First Serial Killer Is Based On a Real-Life Murderer. Series creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that R. Franklin and his murders were somewhat inspired by those of real-life killer Richard Speck.

Who is Lady Gaga's character in American Horror Story based on? ›

Lady Gaga's 'AHS: Hotel' Character Was Modeled After Robert Durst.

How old was Evan Peters in AHS 1? ›

Tate Langdon was shot dead by police at the age of 17, meaning that the character's imprisoned ghost is doomed to remain a teenager for the rest of eternity. Contrary to anything Hollywood may say, Peters, 34 years old at the time of filming, no longer appears young enough to portray his character, which is fine.

Why did Jessica leave AHS? ›

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the time, Jessica's explanation for her exit was simple – after four years on the project, she felt she'd run her course and struggled with the commitment every year. "This is a six-month commitment every year. That will be four years in a row," she told the magazine.

How many Supremes are there AHS? ›

There is only one Supreme per generation. Once one dies, the next in line is enthroned with her powers.

Why did Sarah Paulson leave AHS? ›

Sarah has been busy working on new acting projects, such as Ratched for Netflix, and Evan recently explained that he needed to step away from AHS for his health.

Is Lana Del Rey in American horror story? ›

Need To Know: Lana Del Rey Will Get Covered On 'American Horror Story' By This Character. Plus, where you can watch 'Twilight' mini-movies. Now that the first footage of "American Horror Story: Freak Show" is finally out, one fan said she was too scared to watch the next season.

Can Reese Witherspoon really sing? ›

Witherspoon learned to sing for her role as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, which chronicles country music legend Johnny Cash's life. "I've never sung before professionally," she said on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. "We practiced. We did six months of voice lessons, and then we recorded an album over six months.

Can Miley Cyrus actually sing? ›

Her vocal type is Mezzo-Soprano. Since her Hannah Montana days, Miley Cyrus has demonstrated her vocal prowess and incredible range. Her voice is powerful; she has excellent stamina and can hold notes for extended periods. Cyrus is also a very emotive singer, and her performances are full of feelings.

Will Jessica Lange return to AHS season 11? ›

- It's been confirmed that Lange will be returning after several seasons away to reprise her role of Constance Langdon, the sinister matriarch-next-door from Murder House. The episode she appears in will be directed by Sarah Paulson.

Did Kathy Bates quit AHS? ›

The actress had a 'scheduling conflict' with an upcoming Netflix series. 'American Horror Story' will lose a long-standing cast member next season as Kathy Bates waves goodbye to the show.

Why is Kathy Bates not in AHS? ›

Once further details became known, it was revealed that Bates would be playing the erotic author Belle Noir. Unfortunately, Bates dropped out of the season, with rumors linking her departure to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic or scheduling conflicts (via E!).

Why isn t Evan Peters in AHS season 11? ›

The actor has stated before that he needed a break from the anthology horror series. Peters also wanted to explore other roles and project. Most recently, Peters is seen in Netflix's Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, where he portrays serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

What will season 11 of AHS be called? ›

On September 29, the official title was revealed as “American Horror Story: New York City.” The video trailer (watch above) focuses on a dance club and teases that this is “the deadliest year” and “a season like no other.” It will be the first season to take place in the Big Apple.

Why does Moira look different in American Horror Story? ›

28 years had passed since Moira's death, so the math adds up to suggest that the character's age shift was intended to show what she would have looked like, had she lived up to the year the Harmon family moved into the house. By the end of the season, Moira explained that her "real" appearance was her aged depiction.

Why are actors reused in American Horror Story? ›

Unlike most series, American Horror Story has a habit of reusing actors in different roles each season. This isn't meant to imply a relationship, however; they're all different characters. Essentially, some might have the same face, but they're not the same person every season.

Will American Horror Story Ever End? ›

While AHS is set to continue for another 3 years, the end could finally be in sight if the franchise is truly set for a 2024 curtain call. Be that as it may, there's also evidence suggesting that the long-running show could stay on the air for many more years to come, assuming that networks are on board.

Is GREY Damon in American Horror Story? ›

American Horror Story (TV Series 2011– ) - Grey Damon as Archie Brener - IMDb.

Are any of the AHS actors in American Horror Stories? ›

Some cast members from the original series also make appearances in American Horror Stories, although most appear in only one episode each. Jamie Brewer, Dylan McDermott, and Celia Finklestein reprised roles originally from American Horror Story/Murder House.


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