American Horror Story: Asylum has started to delve deeper into some of the lives of Briarcliff Manor's patients, and during part one of "I Am Anne Frank," the murderous past of Grace (played by Lizzie Brocheré) was revealed to the audience, as well as fellow patient, Kit (played by Evan Peters).
Recently, Brocheré graciously took the time to discuss her role on American Horror Story: Asylum during a press call. She shared what about the show appealed to her, reading up on Lizzie Borden to get into character, and what it's like working with Evan Peters.
American Horror Story is kind of a pretty twisted, dark show. What do you think about this show that appeals to people and what appealed to you when you were thinking about joining the cast?
What appealed to me is that I had this feeling in the first season that behind all the horror and sometimes provocative style of American Horror Story, there was something where it was talking about our society nowadays and there was something that was most disturbing, that’s where the horror was rooted and very deranging when you watched it. What I loved about the second season was that it was even more of that for me.
I could feel this asylum as some kind of purgatory, but that felt kind of familiar in the 2012 society. To have all these different human sciences, or paths of religion science, psychology with the characters of Sister Jude, of Dr. Arden, and [have] them trying to understand or give answers to the unknown or the unknown that you can have in the human being, you know, try to give answers and all of them failing in their quest and at the same time being beautiful in it and horrible, and I love that place.
I love that place of trying to understand the human nature and the darkness in it and trying to go beyond the labels and the comfort zone of normality, questioning what’s normal and what’s not; what’s sane, what’s insane; what’s bad, what’s good; what’s, you know, all these things. When you’re honest with those questions, the frontiers are so, so much greater than what we pretend they are, so all that was fascinating to me.
The show is set in the 1960s, what do you think that time period adds to the overall tone of the show?