Yahoo! TV Q&A: Mark Consuelos disappears into 'American Horror Story'
You may know Mark Consuelos as Mateo Santos from daytime drama "All My Children"; you may know him as Mr. Kelly Ripa (the couple married in 1996 and have three kids). But you may not have known him as Spivey, the creepy peeping Tom with dysfunctional dental work who was lurking in a closet on last week's "American Horror Story." We didn't recognize the guy.
And that's just fine with Consuelos, who's thrilled to be on "AHS" and doing something different, despite lengthy stretches in the makeup chair and never really knowing what the script is going to make him do. He spoke to us earlier this week about Spivey's grill, Ryan Murphy's vision, and what's next for him.
So…your character's exposing himself to little kids, getting injected with syphilis…
It's kiiiiind of a far cry from your previous work. How did you come into this role?
Thank God. I was so happy, to try to, to have the opportunity to take stuff in a different direction, I really really am.
I was speaking to Ryan Murphy about a project, another project that we didn't work together on, and he insisted that I didn't do it, I turned it down, and I -- that would never happen; I would never turn something down that he was giving me the chance to do. And he says, "You absolutely did," and we were laughing about it, and he [said], "Oh, I think there's something else we can work together on," and we had dinner and we discussed "American Horror Story"; I was such a big fan of the first season.
I knew that some of the same actors were coming back, but playing different roles, which I thought was just brilliant, and a [true] opportunity for those actors as well; and then we started getting into me, playing Spivey, started talking about specifically the central characteristics, not so much of a backstory -- a little bit of a backstory, but we wanted to, I guess for lack of a better word, make me unrecognizable in it, which I was so so excited to do. "Your teeth, we've gotta start with your teeth," you know, and his physicality and his hair … and how are you gonna get away from what people are used to seeing -- it's always exciting.
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So the darkness and creepiness of the show attracted you to the role?
You did do a guest shot on "[Law & Order]: SVU," but this is kind of another level of darkness and intensity.
Yeah, yeah, after watching it: "Wow. I mean, this could be some -- he's asking me to do some things that I haven't done." And as an actor … you're like, "I'm not sure I can do that," [but then you think], no, actually, I can do that, I'm being assigned to do it, and I was really happy, you know, once you get into it and once you're on set with great directors and great crew -- they set you up to absolutely succeed, on that show.
In terms of the physical transformation, Chloe Sevigny was telling me that it just took hours to achieve those revolting boils on the face. Were you in the makeup chair for half a day?