“Hey, I’m still alive in [episode] seven. Okay, I’m still alive in eight. Whoa!” recalls “American Horror Story: Roanoke” scene-stealer Adina Porter about her “guest star” status on Season 6 of the FX anthology series. Porter was on the red carpet of the “Feud: Bette and Joan” premiere earlier this month where she was eager to talk about her “AHS” role of ex-police woman Lee Harris. “I didn’t know in the beginning how it was gonna happen,” she confesses about how her character grew to become essentially the show’s lead star by the time the season finale aired last November.
“When it got to become what it became, then it was just about, let’s breathe, let’s go to the basics,” Porter remembers about reading the “AHS” scripts every week. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime and don’t mess it up,” she had to tell herself about Lee’s evolution from alcoholic to loving mother.
“That’s very, very kind of them to say that,” Porter replies when we inform her that Gold Derby readers think she should win an Emmy for “Roanoke.” “To get a little bit of award for it … would be magnificent. But being the kind of person that has longevity, that might even be better.”
When we ask if she’d ever be game for a “True Blood” reunion, Porter says, “But of course!” And then she surprises us by adding, “I was texting ‘True Blood’ people on the car ride over here. Some really, really good friends.”
What does Porter think her “True Blood” character might be up to today? “I really hope that Lettie Mae would go off the wagon because I enjoyed playing her drunk more than with God. And who would I want to see? I want to see all of those men with their shirts off, as before.”
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