“I think it’s super appropriate and I find it interesting that we have had it separated there for as long as it was,” declares “American Horror Story” director Jennifer Lynch in our exclusive new interview (watch the video above). She is discussing the latest Emmy ruling that FX’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” will contend in the drama categories for the 2019 awards after the seven prior seasons competed as limited series. Lynch adds, “There are some performances that would have been further recognized had it been in a drama category.”
Performances by the likes of Connie Britton and Jessica Lange stand to benefit this year, as they reprised their regular roles from past seasons in a guest capacity for “Apocalypse.” There is no Best Limited Guest category, but they are now eligible to be nominated for Best Drama Guest Actress. Lynch would most like to see Sarah Paulson win an Emmy for her work on the franchise after reaping five nominations in the limited categories. She explains, “Sarah Paulson in episode two is one of the most phenomenal things I have ever seen. When she is being seduced basically by the devil, that just was everything I hoped it would be and more and she is wonderful to work with. That woman needs a big, fat statue in her hand.”
Lynch directed that second episode of the season, then returned five episodes later, giving her the distinction of being the only one other than lead director and executive producer Bradley Buecker to direct multiple episodes this season. She made her “American Horror Story” debut on “Roanoke” two seasons ago, then directed the “Cult” finale last season, marking the only time that a guest director has directed an “American Horror Story” finale. Lynch has also directed multiple episodes this season of Fox’s “9-1-1” from the “American Horror Story” team. She explains, “I’m working solely with Ryan Murphy for this year and so, what I’m being asked to do is they’re setting me up for certain episodes of certain shows and I am there in the event that they need me right away for something else, which I love to do — I love to come in and put out fires.”
Lynch also reveals in the exclusive interview how she emulated the “Murder House” and “Coven” seasons to which “Apocalypse” is a sequel and gives an update on her long-gestating “A Fall from Grace” film: “That was a script I wrote quite a long time ago that I am no longer going to be directing, but is still floating around out there. I hope it gets made, but there’s a way I think it should be made and there’s a way some other people think it should be made and so right now, it’s just sitting there and hopefully, it finds a home because I loved writing it; it’s a really great story.”
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