On Sunday (July 12) at San Diego Comic-Con, “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “Scream Queens” shared the stage in Hall H, and we have some of the highlights here for you, including character names for the former and a very special tribute to Halloween in the latter.
First, regarding “AHS: Hotel,” per EW the cast members who were present revealed their character names for the upcoming fifth season: Matt Bomer will play Donovan, Kathy Bates is Iris, Angela Bassett stars as Ramona, Evan Peters takes the role of Mr. March, and Sarah Paulson will bring Hypodermic Sally to villainous life. All of them fall on the “bad” side of the good/bad spectrum.
As for Lady Gaga’s character, per Variety she’ll also be bad — by choice. “She said, ‘I want to be evil,’” series creator Ryan Murphy recalled of his first meeting with Gaga. “I said, ‘You came to the right place.’”
“It was one of the weirdest things of my career ever,” Murphy continued, recalling how Gaga approached him for her part. “‘Horror Story’ has a lot of fans obviously, and I get calls from some people… how it happened with Gaga is she wrote and said, ‘I love the show; would you consider putting me on it?’ And I wrote back, ‘Yes. CAPS CAPS…’ The best call ever is, ‘Please wait for Gaga’… and she got on the phone and could not have been lovelier.”
She will shoot all of her episodes during one window to accommodate her busy schedule. “She likes to do one thing at one time,” Murphy explained, confirming that she will only be acting, not singing this season.
It sounds like Pepper and Sister Mary Eunice are just the start of cross-over characters. “Things are connected,” Murphy said. “This season you’ll see more and more and more of that. Characters from previous seasons will come check in to the hotel.”
— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) July 12, 2015
Moving on to “Scream Queens,” the most interesting thing we heard is that Jamie Lee Curtis revealed there will be an homage to Halloween in the series. She also took a bit of a dig at the genre in which she got her start: Curtis applauded Murphy and the writing team, explaining that she was attracted to the project because of the quality of writing. “For somebody who spent her life in horror films that honestly weren’t written well, it’s an honor.” But she was so damn funny, explaining that she didn’t have time for SDCC before because “I’ve been selling yogurt that makes you shit for six years,” that we forgive her. She also said that you’ll think you know about each character, but then things will happen and you’ll want to keep watching. Murphy, who never would have agreed to do the show if Curtis hadn’t signed on, said, “If you’re going to hire Jamie Lee Curtis, you want to see her kicking ass and fighting back and all those things that I loved her doing. I’m actually writing a scene now where she’s fighting three killers.” She’s also getting an 18-year-old sex partner on the show. (No wonder the 56-year-old actress said yes!) We’ll be meeting this season’s main killer in the premiere episode, but the cast members still don’t know who it is. “If you go back and watch that episode at the end, I think it’s very clear,” he said. Lea Michele suggested her character, Hester, who wears a neck brace, “Maybe her neck brace is her motive — she’s like, get this thing off me!” Reiterating what we’ve heard previously, Murphy explained the “Scream Queens” structure: “There are survivors that go on to a different location, and the characters that you have grown to love, many of them will go on to the next season — and many will not.”
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