What was your favorite season of AHS?
That’s a good one. It’s so tough.
They’re all so different.
Yeah, they really are. I’m gonna go with—I like the first one. I like the first season, with Freak Show being a close second. Actually, Asylum. I’d say season one and then season two is my second favorite.
Each season also has a different kind of scare tactic behind it—in what way is Hotel scary?
Hotels are innately spooky, just because of the stranger factor. Just a thin wall separates you and the people next door, and the people downstairs have the keys to your room. There’s just a sense that it’s very temporary. This season, the things that we deal with are—there’s loss, there’s fatherhood, there’s addiction. It’s not a scary-monster-under-your-bed type thing. These are things that are real and affecting people, so you can really put yourself in the situations. To me, this is the scariest season. Obviously, I’m biased because this is my first one, compared to the people who have been in all four seasons before. But this one definitely feels the creepiest.
Granted, there are some new people this season, but what was it like working with people who have been doing American Horror Story since the first season?
There actually aren’t too many new people. It’s mostly just me and Lady Gaga. It’s a daunting thing. I’m not going to lie. It’s a thing that’s so popular and so beloved, and everybody has an idea of what it’s supposed to be. You just really have to make sure you do your homework. You have to make sure that you are game. It’s such a big, fun, dramatic, over-the-top type show. You’ve got to make choices and you’ve got to hit the ground running.
What was it like working with Gaga?
So great. She’s so great. Everybody asks me, and I wish I had something better to say than just “amazing,” but she’s the coolest girl. She’s everything you’d want her to be. There’s the star and the icon and all that, but really, once that is stripped away, how she walked in on set, you can’t see that. She asked me to call her Stefani. She’s this great, 29-year-old actress. She reminds me of my theater girlfriends. She’s cool, game, wanting to be her best, does so much research, works so hard. She knows her lines cold. I’m really impressed, and it was fun getting to know her and becoming friends. It’s been so fun.