Jessica Lange Secures Victory For American Horror Story Role
Jessica Lange grabbed up an Emmy for her performance as supreme witch Fiona Goode in American Horror Story: Coven – the witchcraft themed third season of FX’s hit series.
“I was stunned,” Lange later told reporters backstage at the Emmys. “I really didn’t expect this tonight.”
The star, who had previously won an Emmy for her role in the series’ first season, entitled Murder House, said the upcoming carnival themed fourth incarnation, named Freak Show, would be the show’s “most extraordinary” run to date.
Her character in the new season of the show, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchuk, is Elsa Mars, a German expat who is managing one of the country’s last freak shows.
The storyline, which unfolds during the early ’50s, begins in Florida, and revolves around a dark entity that threatens the carnival and local townspeople.
Carny characters include the two headed Bette and Dot Tattler (Sarah Paulson), a bearded lady (Kathy Bates), and the strong man (Michael Chiklis).
Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy and Wes Bentley are among the other cast members.
Patti Labelle is also set to appear in a four arc episode. The artist, who will not sing in the series, plays a local townie who begins to figure out the secrets of Twisty – the clown killer. She follows in the footsteps of Stevie Nicks, who guest starred as herself in two episodes of Coven.
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Murphy praised the season’s special-ability cast. They include 20 year old Indian born Jyoti Amge, who stands just over two and a half feet tall as a result of achondroplasia, a growth condition that restricts her height.
“The special-ability cast that we have is amazing and I feel so thrilled because for so many of them, it was their dream to be actors and they didn’t have any opportunities. There’s a great community. They feel part of something perhaps for the first time in their life and that’s an amazing thing that I was really emotional about when I was directing them.”