From co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the FX series American Horror Story uses a unique and compelling approach to television, with a different setting, different characters and a rotating cast of actors for each season. For Season 3, American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America, with a cast of talented actresses that includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and now even Stevie Nicks.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Emma Roberts (who plays out-of-control Hollywood starlet and resident bitch Madison Montgomery) talked about how she came to be a part of Coven, that she was initially nervous about the subject matter, how much fun it is to play a bitch, how far ahead she was made aware of her character’s story arc, the fantastic clothes and shoes she gets to wear, how great it is to work with all of these talented actresses, just how much crazier things can get (they actually cut out a sex scene from Episode 7), the fan reaction she gets from people when she’s out, and how she’d love to return for Season 4. She also talked about how she hopes to continue to find a balance between roles in comedy and drama, and how it’s her dream to play a Margot Tenenbaum (from The Royal Tenenbaums) type of character. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Collider: Ryan Murphy has said that he wanted you to be on the show for awhile, and then this character came up and he thought it was perfect for you. Had you been talking to him about doing the show?
EMMA ROBERTS: I’d told him that I wanted to be on the show since the first season ‘cause I was obsessed. Anytime I’d run into him anywhere, ‘cause we’re kind of friendly, I’d be like, “When are you gonna put me on American Horror Story?” And he randomly just called me, one day. It was so surreal. I got a call saying, “Ryan wants you to be on the show, and he’s about to call you.” And he called me and I tried to be cool, but I was jumping around my house like, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
When you were told about what the season would be and who the character would be that you’d be playing, what was your initial reaction?
ROBERTS: When I heard it was going to be Coven, I was like, “I’m so happy I’m on this season ‘cause if I wasn’t and I was watching it, I would be so mad.” When I was younger, I loved all those witch movies, like The Craft and The Witches and The Witches of Eastwick. Even Sabrina the Teenage Witch was what I grew up on. There’s just something so fascinating about witches, and I think it hasn’t been done, in a very, very long time. It’s just so cool. When we do our witch stuff, obviously we don’t see it because it’s special effects. I love watching the shows because I look really cool.