How much has Ryan Murphy told you about season 3, and what about that attracted you to stick with the show for another year?
Well, we haven’t really talked about it took much, and all that stuff is still under discussion. I think I will try it again, depending on what the story is and who the character is and all of that, so we’ll see what happens.
What would be something different that you would want to play, what would make it so that you want to sign on and continue to work with American Horror Story?
I don’t know yet. I haven’t really thought it through. When we started talking about season 2, I had very clear ideas of what I wanted to play. I had never played an alcoholic before. I wanted to play a great drunk scene. I remember I asked Ryan for that. I wanted to play somebody who was really down and out, and also the whole area of madness. So those were things that I specifically had in mind when we talked about Sister Jude. For next year, you know, I’m just exhausted from this whole experience. And this season, it seems like it’s gone on forever, and I really don’t have a thought about next season yet.
Are there any circumstances in which you wouldn’t return for next year once you heard what the concept is?
Well, not that I can imagine at this point, because Ryan is very collaborative. So, I don’t think he would suddenly pull something out of his hat that I would say, “I absolutely don’t want to be involved with this story.” Sometimes from episode to episode, I think, “Oh my God, what the hell are we doing? We shouldn’t be doing this.” And yet, the thing that always amazes me is nothing that we do in this show really is not somehow founded in reality somewhere. Like this whole thing with the character of Bloody Face. I was reading about Ed Gein not too long ago, how he actually wore his victim’s skin, so it’s like whatever is imagined in this show, there’s nothing that has not happened somewhere in the world at some point. So I think unless we really sink the ship, I can’t imagine that there would be something that Ryan came up with that I would not want to be involved with.
American Horror Story: Asylum returns Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10 p.m. on FX.
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