Is Jessica Lange Eyeing an End to Her 'American Horror Story'?
Jessica Lange as Fiona in 'American Horror Story: Coven' on FX.
Can you picture "American Horror Story" without Jessica Lange? You may have to, soon enough.
When Yahoo TV spoke with Lange recently about the upcoming third season of FX's horror anthology (subtitled "Coven"), we asked whether she's planning to stay with the show for the long haul, for as many seasons as FX wants. Surprisingly, she isn't. "No, I'll probably do, maybe… if we do another one, I'll do that, but then… yeah. Because I'm kind of coming to the end of acting, anyhow."
We told her that would be a real shame, and we meant it: The Oscar winner has been nothing short of mesmerizing, first as murderous Southern belle Constance in Season 1 (for which she won an Emmy), then as sadistic nun Sister Jude in last season's "Asylum." This time around, in "Coven," she plays a wily witch named Fiona who heads up a secret school for young witches in the heart of New Orleans. (Her co-stars include fellow "Horror Story" veterans Sarah Paulson and Taissa Farmiga, along with newcomers like Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett.)
We chatted with Lange about what we can expect from this latest "Horror Story," why she wanted to film this season in New Orleans… and why she doesn't even watch her own TV show.
We know you can't reveal too much about the plot of "Coven." But what are some of the themes that are explored this season?
One of the big themes is the persecution of fringe groups. In this case, there's a theme of misogyny. I've read some history on witchcraft and witches, and it certainly seems to have played a huge part. A lot of times, women who were labeled witches were nothing more than midwives and herbalists and healers. And the idea of internecine warfare… what happens to a group when it begins to come apart at the core.
Jessica Lange as Fiona, Emma Roberts as Madison, Jamie Brewer as Nan, Taissa Farmiga as Zoe, and Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie in the 'American Horror Story: Coven' Season Premiere, 'Bitchcraft.'
You said you're learning how the story unfolds as you read each episode. Have you ever been shocked by a twist you've read in a script?
Yeah, I think I have. Sometimes you think, "Wow. Aliens, really? Whoa. I didn't see that coming."