Voodoo queen gets lip-locked with Lady Gaga

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - COLIN VICK­ERY TV WRITER

Ac­tors step into the un­known when they sign on for Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story. Just ask An­gela Bas­sett (right), who has starred in three se­ries of cre­ators Ryan Mur­phy and Brad Falchuk’s ( Glee) an­thol­ogy hor­ror se­ries.

In Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Coven, Bas­sett played real-life 19th cen­tury voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

In last year’s Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Freak Show she sported three breasts as sideshow per­former De­siree Dupree. Now, in Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel, Bas­sett is busy kiss­ing Lady Gaga in her role as film star Ra­mona Royale.

Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel is set at the sin­is­ter Ho­tel Cortez, owned by The Countess (Gaga), in Los An­ge­les.

Ra­mona and The Countess are for­mer lovers. Bas­sett and Gaga have al­ready filmed a kiss­ing scene in bed.

“I never know what they (Mur­phy and Falchuk) have planned (for me),” Bas­sett says. “I’ve never been in a sit­u­a­tion like this with a woman be­fore. There is a sex­u­ally fluid dy­namic that is go­ing to oc­cur at the ho­tel.”

The Ho­tel Cortez comes un­der scru­tiny from homi­cide de­tec­tive John Lowe (Wes Bent­ley), who is on the trail of the Ten Com­mand­ments Killer.

Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story reg­u­lar Sarah Paul­son plays ho­tel res­i­dent Hy­po­der­mic Sally and Kathy Bates, who had a beard in Freak Show, is ho­tel man­ager Iris.

“This sea­son harks back to the first sea­son ( Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Mur­der House) and is much more rooted in the hon­est, pri­mal fears that the first sea­son was,” Mur­phy says.

“I think the true hor­ror fans loved the first sea­son be­cause it re­ally is a very psy­cho­log­i­cal sea­son.

Be­fore Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story, Bas­sett was best known for se­ri­ous biopics. The 57-yearold played singer Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do with It, Betty Shabazz in Mal­colm X, and civil rights ac­tivist Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story.

Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story has given Bas­sett a trio of mem­o­rable char­ac­ters to add to that im­pres­sive ros­ter.

“I’d never re­ally thought about do­ing a TV se­ries (but) with this I get a new char­ac­ter year to year,” Bas­sett says. “It is the best of worlds.”

There is a sex­u­ally fluid dy­namic that is go­ing to oc­cur at

the ho­tel

AN­GELA BAS­SETT ON

AHS: HO­TEL

AMER­I­CAN HOR­ROR STORY: HO­TEL, ELEVEN, MON­DAY, 9.30PM

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