“That’s a good story,” Adina Porter smiles when she recalls the moment she found out she was nominated at the 2018 Emmys as Best Limited Series/Movie Supporting Actress for FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult.” She was in the dressing room preparing for the new season when several folks around her starting hearing that they’d been nominated, including lead actress Sarah Paulson and the hair and makeup teams. “About 15 minutes goes by. You know, I’m already teasing Sarah about what she’s going to wear. And [co-star] Leslie Grossman comes up to me with her phone in her hand and points and says, ‘Adina, do you know you have been nominated?’ And I said, ‘You’re lying!'” Watch our exclusive video interview with Adina Porter above.
Porter admits that her cell phone didn’t blow up right away because “many years we had looked and nothing happened.” After working in television for so long on such well-known shows as “True Blood,” “The Newsroom,” “The 100,” “Ray Donovan” and last season’s “AHS: Roanoke,” Porter reveals that she “cried” upon hearing that she’d finally been recognized by the Emmy Awards.
As newscaster Beverly Hope, “AHS: Cult” gave Porter “a lot of juicy material to react to.” She tells us about the unique “cadence” of the newscaster voice and how she had to learn to share “pertinent information with a smile.” Beverly’s trajectory throughout the season was “quite a roller-coaster ride,” and that was never more the case than in the fourth episode, titled “11/9,” which is the hour that Porter chose to submit to the Emmy judges.
In the episode, Beverly becomes “challenged by a younger, sexy reporter [played by Emma Roberts] who gets air time because she is sleeping with the head of the network.” As Porter explains, “I get to share how incredibly unfair it is, so there’s ageism as well as sexism going on. You get to see Beverly Hope deal with navigating trying to do a real honest job as a news reporter, but it’s an uphill battle because I am dealing with someone who will do sexual favors to get on the air.”
Porter shared many scenes with Evan Peters, whose cult leader Kai Anderson, the main villain of “AHS: Cult,” sucked Beverly into his orbit. “I really did not want Beverly Hope to be an angry black woman,” she divulges. “The writers let me share her vulnerabilities. We see that in Episode 4.” So what’s in store for Porter in next season’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse”? The actress teases what she can about Season 8 without giving away any spoilers.
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