An­gela Bas­sett had al­ready ap­peared in two se­ries of Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story, so what made the tal­ented ac­tress check in to this ho­tel?

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - COLIN VICK­ERY

Ac­tors step into the un­known when they sign on for Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story. Just ask An­gela Bas­sett 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 down­town 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.

“Ra­mona is a woman who is spurned by The Countess. What be­gan as some­thing so won­der­ful doesn’t con­tinue.”

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.

Mat Bomer plays Iris’s son Dono­van, Chloe Se­vi­gny is Lowe’s wife Alex, and Cheyenne Jack­son is fash­ion icon Will Drake.

Most bizarrely, De­nis O’Hare plays Liz Tay­lor, a bar­man whose get-up is inspired by movie star El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor.

“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.

“We were re­ally inspired by (a) ho­tel sur­veil­lance video that showed a girl get­ting into an el­e­va­tor in a haunted ho­tel who was never seen again.” Be­fore Amer­i­can Hor­ror

Story, Bas­sett, who is mar­ried to ac­tor Court­ney B. Vance ( Law & Or­der: Crim­i­nal In­tent) was best known for se­ri­ous biopics.

Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel, Eleven, Mon­day, 9.30pm

An­gela Bas­sett has a very dif­fer­ent role in

Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Ho­tel.

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