Lily Rabe on Stevie Nicks Coming to 'American Horror Story': 'It Definitely Makes My Heart Race a Little!'
Lily Rabe as Misty in "American Horror Story: Coven"
It's pretty difficult not to have a soft spot for Misty Day, the reclusive and well-intentioned hippie witch played by Lily Rabe, but it's really her immense love for Stevie Nicks that has made her a standout character on this season's "American Horror Story: Coven." Lily and Misty's deep fandom for the singer only makes the icon's impending guest appearance that much more special, and it's fair to surmise that Nicks will be working closely with her hippie witch counterpart.
Yahoo TV talked with Rabe by phone after creator and director Ryan Murphy's announcement of Nicks's impending arrival at the New Orleans coven. Rabe expressed concern for Misty's ability to survive an encounter with her idol (Rabe herself has an image of Nicks on her phone) and discussed the instinctive nature of her character's power of resurgence. One thing's for certain: There will soon be shawls and lots of twirling at the coven as the two worlds finally collide.
Ryan Murphy tweeted that Stevie Nicks will guest star this season.
It definitely makes my heart race a little! When you meet someone you really look up to and have been inspired by, you never know how it's going to go. It makes me so nervous. I don't know what Misty would do if she met Stevie — I'm a little bit more worried about Misty surviving that encounter. (Laughs)
Ryan Murphy has been pursuing Stevie for a while. I can't imagine that if [Stevie] wasn't a fan of the show she would be interested in coming. I'd like to think that she's fond of Misty. I can't talk specifics or plans, but it's such an honor to garner Stevie's interest. It's really cool; I definitely think she likes the show, and what an impact she has on Misty.
If Stevie were to join the coven, what power do you think she would have?
I think that maybe because of how I feel about the Stevie connection to Misty, and Misty's own power of resurgence, she would have the same power? I should think more outside of the witch-power box, but I feel like she would share that power. I connect the two of them so much, and it's really meaningful to me, so I'd like to think that they are similar in their powers as well.
How did you prepare to play Misty Day?
For Misty I definitely spent a lot of time saturating myself with Stevie videos, and I even have a photo of Stevie as the background on my phone screen, too. (Laughs) When I play someone who is madly in love or obsessed with someone, I try to have that person around me as much as possible. It was already kind of there, because I really love Stevie anyway, but I learned to turn the dial up and have as much Stevie around me as possible.