evan peters is the villain we love

on the eve of the fifth season of the show that’s defined his career, the 28-year-old prepares to go even badder

Photographed by Felisha Tolentino / Styled by Christine Baker

Evan Peters is terrified of hotels. It’s unclear whether this has been a lifelong phobia for the actor, or if it’s something new. After all, he and his co-stars did just receive some of the scripts for American Horror Story: Hotel, the latest season of Ryan Murphy’s chilling hit anthology series, and Peters has already torn through the first three episodes. But now, a couple of days later, he’s standing in a stairwell at Harvard House, a particularly creepy, crumbling old motel in Hollywood, which is leaving him a little unsettled. 

“There are so many spirits and demons,” he says ominously. “So many people have been through those halls, those rooms. You don’t know.” 

He pauses and looks around. It’s a weekend in late June at the decrepit Hollywood Boulevard boarding house; the place is stone silent save the sound of a few passing cars. The doors to a couple of rooms upstairs stand ajar, revealing piles of remodeling supplies that look untouched since 1975. 

“We’re in a crazy motel right now—we don’t know what’s happened here.”

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