‘American Horror Story’ Stars Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott Tell All: ‘There Have Been Moments That I Get Really Creeped Out’
Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott face a real housing crisis on 'American Horror Story' (Robert Zuckerman/FX)
Last week, we took part in a conference call with "AHS" stars Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, who play estranged couple Vivien and Ben Harmon -- and the TV veterans were more than happy to chat about their latest hit. Read on to get the full story on "American Horror Story," straight from the stars themselves.
They weren't afraid to take the plunge
Both actors have starred on successful TV series before (him on "The Practice," her on "Friday Night Lights") -- so presumably they knew what they were getting into when they agreed to climb aboard this sex-filled, blood-soaked crazy train. McDermott welcomed the challenge. "A lot of actors will say no to the nudity and sex and violence on the show. But I was that guy running into the building as everyone else was running out." (Running into the building nude, that is, if he's anything like the frequently naked Ben.)
For Britton, it was a chance to put five years of Tami Taylor behind her. "I wanted to do something that was really, really different from what I had just been doing... so going from this wonderful marriage on TV to this completely damaged marriage, and with the style being so different, it just seemed like a great gift and a great opportunity for me. So I felt really good diving in -- even though it felt very risky and scary." Speaking of being scared...
They have very different ideas about horror movies
If Britton and McDermott were a real-life couple, they'd never be able to agree on what movie to rent on date night. Britton is not a fan of horror movies, so she was understandably a little anxious about starring in the TV equivalent of one. "They always say about working in horror that it's a lot less scary when you're actually doing it. But there have been moments, for sure, that I get really creeped out. I tried to watch this week's episode by myself at night, and I couldn't watch it. Which is pretty sad, considering I had shot it."
McDermott, meanwhile, jumped at the chance to try the horror genre on for size. "I like psychological horror. Roman Polanski is one of my favorite directors. I think that this show is unsettling, in a great way. So for me, I was always attracted to it, I was never afraid of it." Good, then you can tell Connie what's happening while she's busy covering her eyes.
They don't know what's coming next... or do they?
Much like the vampire baby lurking in the Harmons' basement, Britton and McDermott claim to be totally in the dark regarding what's coming down the pike on "AHS." When pressed for details on future seasons, McDermott confesses: "We're not quite sure about the next episode, never mind the next year or so. We're kind of flying by the seat of our pants." Britton adds, "I don't know that ["AHS" creators] Brad [Falchuk] and Ryan [Murphy] know [what's coming]. Which is really fun. It feels like we really do watch this thing come to life."