Below is Emma’s interview about Scream Queens with Entertainment Weekly…
American Horror Story actress Emma Roberts, who has appeared on the Coven and Freak Show seasons of the FX series, is reuniting with AHS creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for this fall’s new horror comedy Scream Queens. EW debuted the first images from the series last week and revealed the super secretive plot which involves a masked killer stalking the Kappa sorority at fictional Wallace University. Roberts plays the president of the sorority and talked to EW about the highly anticipated new Fox series.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What made you want to be part of Scream Queens?
EMMA ROBERTS: I’m the biggest Ryan Murphy fan. I mean Glee, American Horror Story. When we were more than half way through Freak Show, he called me and he was like, “I have this new show. It’s kind of Heathers meets Halloween and I want you to be the lead.” I was like, “Excuse me? That sounds like my dream.” He told me more about it and more about the character. I had just come off doing American Horror Story: Coven, which was my favorite season of the show and so fun to be a part of. Scream Queens definitely has a little bit of that Coven girl-power vibe which I love and a lot of the humor that Coven had. He told me more specifically about Chanel Oberlin. She’s the president of Kappa house and she’s the queen bee on campus. She’s very fashionable and very to the point. She’s a bit of a mean girl but in a very funny way. Ian Brad and Ryan do humor so well. I remember reading the script for the first time and I was literally laughing out loud. I had to put the script down. It was just one of those things I was so flattered they wanted me to be a part of it. I’ve been wanting to do more comedy and it’s definitely a very comedic show—a dark comedy, but still a comedy.
Is she like your Coven character, Madison Montgomery?
I would love to see Chanel and Madison go head to head. I honestly don’t know who would win.
I heard Chanel’s godfather is Karl Lagerfeld.
Yes. I want to be Chanel. The clothes are amazing. Actually a lot of the clothes are vintage Chanel. I already have dibs on half my wardrobe. Everything is very pastel. Everyone has sort of certain colors they wear. I remember seeing the set for the first time and I was just in shock. It’s like every girl’s dream. The sorority house looks like a Barbie dream house.
Check out a new teaser for Scream Queens below featuring Emma! Loving all these promo!
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive first look of Scream Queens! Click ‘More’ to see rest of article plus full version of photo!
Getting into the right college can be murder. But on Fox’s horror-comedy Scream Queens, which has been picked up to series for a fall debut, it’s surviving college that’s the real life-or-death challenge. From Glee creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, Queens is an homage to the slasher movies of the ’80s. (Or as Murphy puts it, “Heathers meets Friday the 13th.”) The series, about a killer stalking a college sorority, features an all-star cast including Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Oliver Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.
Like all of Murphy’s projects, Scream Queens has been cloaked in secrecy…until now. EW has your exclusive first look at the fall’s funniest thrill ride.
EW: Where did the idea for this show come from?
RYAN MURPHY: Brad and Ian and I, all three of us, were always obsessed with the ’80s/early ’90s slasher genre that was always about young people and always about coming of age. So we loved that and we decided to sort of be inspired by that idea. That was sort of the impetus of it. It’s sort of the idea of what would happen if you put something like Heathers meets Friday the 13th to those genre pictures like Massacre on Sorority Row, that early-to-late ’80s exploitation horror thing.
I really like the idea of doing a comedy and doing sort of anthological comedy. What I love about it is when it’s funny, it’s funny. And when it’s scary, it’s scary. One thing too that I hear all the time from women about American Horror Story is, “I love the idea of it but it’s too scary and I can’t watch it.” So the question we asked is, “How do we keep it scary but write something for that audience?” It doesn’t have the gore of American Horror Story but it certainly still has the scares.
The other thing it’s inspired by is it’s a real murder mystery whodunit. In the very first episode you meet all the characters and then the killings start happening on this college campus. Every character in the piece has the motivation to be the killer. So when you’re watching it, part of the fun is, Okay who did it? It’s not revealed until the last episode when literally the mask of the Red Devil, who is the killer, comes off and we say, Boom here’s your killer.
It’s also a show about the sorority/fraternity system in our country and what’s happening with that so it’s a satire about that.
What’s the basic plot of Scream Queens?
It opens in a flashback to 1995 at the sorority where something horrible happens. It’s a mystery that goes unsolved. Flash forward 20 years to today, and it looks like someone is out for revenge. Something horrible happened to a pledge and on the anniversary of that crime, someone is out for vengeance.
Who does Emma Roberts play?
Emma Roberts is Chanel, who’s the president of Kappa Sorority. She’s very funny and very ruthless. All her life all she’s wanted to do is be president of Kappa and have this great boyfriend and rule the roost. She’s very fashionable and very ruthless.
I love Emma. It was written for her. She’s super funny.
Emma is featured on 2 posters just released for promo of Scream Queens! The show will be premiering in September on FOX! Check out full versions in the gallery!
Another new Scream Queens teaser has been released! This time Emma applies lipstick using a knife! Can’t wait for the series to air, is it Fall yet!
Emma was spotted filming Scream Queens yesterday (March 22nd) in New Orleans, LA, check out the photos below!
Ryan Murphy recently talked about Scream Queens with Entertainment Tonight, read below! Also I have updated Instagram albums! Plus more on set photos from the 13th of March!
With Glee coming to a series close this Friday, Murphy is already looking ahead to his next Fox comedy, Scream Queens. Although the “one-hour comedy” won’t premiere until this fall, fans are already buzzing with excitement after learning that stars Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas and many more are slated to appear.
“It’s anthological in nature, but there’s a catch to it,” Murphy said of Scream Queens’ secret twist. “I can’t reveal because it’s different than American Horror Story, which resets completely every year. This doesn’t do that.”
However the showrunner did share a few plot details that have never been released. “It is about the world’s meanest sorority, and a series of bad things begin to happen,” he explained. “Jamie Lee Curtis, who I’ve long really wanted to work with and I kind of wrote this series for, to be honest… she steps in and with the girls tries to figure out who’s doing this — and it’s actually tied to an incident that happened 20 years ago at the college.”
Murphy stressed that Scream Queens is going to keep you on the edge of your seat. “Every week, It’s really like a murder mystery. Who’s going to get knocked off? And who’s the killer? And not until the last episode do you find out who it is,” Murphy teased. “And everybody has the motivation to be that killer.”
Scream Queens is now filming in New Orleans, LA! Emma was spotted on set today (March 13th), seems like it will be set in another time period and she will be playing the role of “Chanel Oberlin”. Hope to hear more official news soon!
EDIT: Watch a new teaser below this time featuring Emma!