Will “American Horror Story” return to the Emmy race with its timely installment “Cult”? The seventh season of the Ryan Murphy-produced anthology series took the most horrifying event of the 21st century — the election of Donald Trump — and turned it into spine-tingling fun. Gold Derby recently spoke with stars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, as well as composer Mac Quayle about their work on the politically and psychologically charged season. Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.
“Part of the horror … was how close to home it was,” says Paulson, who plays a wife and mother whose phobias and anxieties return after the election. Season seven was more grounded in reality than any of the previous installments, which was by design. She explains, “There was a very serious effort made even from a design standpoint to make the rooms of the house smaller, to make everything feel a little bit more ordinary.” Paulson won an Emmy in 2016 for playing Marcia Clark in “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” She also received four Emmy nominations for “AHS” (“Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freak Show” and “Hotel”) in addition to a bid for the TV movie “Game Change” (2012).
Peters plays Kai Anderson, the charismatic leader of an extremist group who runs for the U.S. Senate. Centering “Cult” on current events like the rise of the alt-right made the horror more palpable to everyone involved. “That was one of the things that I thought was very scary about this season,” Evans reveals. Unlike most “Horror Story” villains, Kai is someone “who you can see in news clips, who you can see all over the internet and all over the media. So it was intense, and it was hard, and it was pretty exhausting having to stretch myself like that, to go to those places all the time.” Peters was nominated at the Critics Choice Awards earlier this year for the role.
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Sarah Paulson, who plays Ally Mayfair-Richards
Evan Peters, who plays Kai Anderson
Mac Quayle, composer
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