American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy was on hand at last weekends Comic-Con, and he shared some interesting details about the characters, some teases about the plot, and he then went into detail on Lady Gaga’s casting.
Firstly, as reported by Variety, the key cast members have all revealed their character names:
Matt Bomer will play Donovan, Kathy Bates is Iris, Angela Bassett stars as Ramona, Evan Peters is Mr. March, and Sarah Paulson will bring Hypodermic Sally to life. It has also been confirmed that every character will be a villain of sorts.
As for Lady Gaga, she requested to play a villain:
“She said, ‘I want to be evil,’” the show creator recalled of his first meeting with Gaga, who approached him for the show, as she’s a big fan herself. “I said, ‘You came to the right place.’”
“It was one of the weirdest things of my career ever,” Murphy continued, recalling Gaga approaching 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.”
Due to her busy schedule, Gaga will shoot all her episodes in one go: “She likes to do one thing at one time,” he explained, confirming that she will only be acting — no singing for Gaga in “AHS.”
Murphy continued “When you work with someone like her, you sign up for something that is larger than life and I think that’s what you want,” he said on the panel. “Part of her role involves fashion. You want Lady Gaga to look a certain way. The designers have been coming out of the wood works with looks for her.”
He then went on to tease that Hotel will be connected to the previous series’, but in a way much more evident than what we have seen previously. “Things are connected,” he said. “This season, you’ll see more and more and more of that. Characters from previous seasons will come check into the hotel.”
American Horror Story: Hotel will begin in October on FX.