Evan Peters Q&A: ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’
“I would totally do that!” laughs Evan Peters (“American Horror Story: Hotel”) when asked during our webcam chat (watch above) about whether he’ll still be starring in FX’s “AHS” franchise after 20 seasons. “Can you imagine? That would be amazing. Obviously the material is just so bizarre and different and fun. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to play a different character every season. I would keep that going forever.”
On the fifth cycle of “AHS,” Peters plays the ghost of psychopathic serial killer James March who haunts the Hotel Cortez in Los Angeles. “What got me about it was the 1930s aspect of him,” recalls the actor. [Creator] Ryan Murphy said, ‘I want you to talk like this!’ So, I immediately started watching ‘My Man Godfrey’ with William Powell because Ryan recommended that he has a great 1920s/30s accent.”
“I was very excited to play a villain this year,” he admits. “A full-on villain with no repentance whatsoever. That was kind of fun and crazy. I like doing the torturing as opposed to being tortured. As an actor, it’s so much more fun to play the delight of doing it all as opposed to the pain of being on the receiving end.”
When Peters learns of the overall Emmy Awards haul earned by “AHS” so far — 13 wins and 70 nominations — he jumps back in his seat. “That’s crazy! Wow. Ryan Murphy has a very good eye and is sort of a genius when it comes to creating stories. It’s mixed with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson and these incredibly talented actresses. It is a horror show, but it is also an incredibly complex drama, it really is.”
Also in our interview, Peters opens up about working so closely with Lady Gaga, which of his former “AHS” characters he’d like to play again, and whether he’ll pop up in Season 6. And fans of blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse” will get an in-depth explanation for how his character Quicksilver’s speed scenes are filmed in the comic book franchise.