No one can deny that Jessica Lange stole the show on Season 1 of "American Horror Story." In her turn as Constance Langdon, she added even more intrigue to the already twisted plot of "Murder House." Her performance was riveting and earned her an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries.
Lange was a welcome edition to Season 2 of 'American Horror Story'
When it was announced that the series would be entirely different in Season 2, fans were shocked. But when they heard that Lange would be a part of "Asylum," they breathed a collective sigh of relief. While the show's creator Ryan Murphy might have seemed crazy to shake up his success story so drastically, he clearly had maintained his sanity enough to keep his star player in the middle of the action.
Murphy, in fact, kept much of his "Murder House" ensemble intact. And they've each managed to create completely distinct characters, making the transition much easier than it might have initially sounded. And once again, Lange shines brightest of all (well, she and Lily Rabe) in the dreary confines of Briarcliff Mental Institution.
Lange leans toward the psychological on 'AHS'
In a recent conference call interview, the actress who Murphy has asked to torment and torture spoke about her boundaries on the edgy series. Lange acknowledged that she's pretty much down for anything when she's in Murphy's hands, but she does have her limits.
The Oscar-winning actress said that she tends to avoid too much physical action and tends to lean toward the cerebral. While she admitted that she's occasionally told the creative team that she thought what was written was a bit too much, they usually write to her strengths.
Lange says an actor needs to trustLange remarked, "As an actor you have to have trust. You have to believe that somebody is taking care of you or watching your back, because with a part like this, especially, and where we're going with it, I can't pull any punches. I can't do it halfway, especially when you're dealing with madness and this descent into madness, and I really felt like, 'Okay, I'm going to embrace this 100 percent and hopefully somebody will look out for me and not let me completely humiliate myself.'"
So far, so good. And the fact that Lange gets to give input on what her character does, seems to infuse the maniacal Sister Jude with the heart of the lauded actress.
Lange will ask for what she wants on 'AHS'As Lange explained, some of her "AHS" persona's backstory has sprung for her own desire to bring certain talents to the screen. She recounted, "Sometimes I ask them specifically for stuff, like I want to sing or I want to dance or I want to do this, something frivolous. And sure enough it shows up in the next script -- or I want to play a lounge singer from the '40s."
And yet she's clear to point out that she would rather serve the story than act out her own personal whims. Lange conceded that eventually she'll say, "'OK, I've done two. I will not do any more. This is enough. I don't enjoy this. This is not my character."
See what Lange does next on "American Horror Story: Asylum" when it airs Wednesday nights at 10 PM on FX.
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