‘American Horror Story’s Angela Bassett on Jessica Lange’s exit plan

03.31.14 5 years ago

Fans were crushed when Jessica Lange announced she'd be doing just one more season — the upcoming “Freak Show” — of “American Horror Story.” Before the PaleyFest panel for “American Horror Story: Coven” I got a chance to ask Angela Bassett what she thought about the “queen bee” leaving. The short answer? She's got her co-star's back. 

Bassett also knows a little something about playing real-life characters. She's been Tina Turner (“What's Love Got to Do with It”), Betty Shabazz (“Malcolm X”), Rosa Parks (“The Rosa Parks Story”), Katherine Jackson (“The Jacksons: An American Dream”) and Voletta Wallace (“Notorious”). Last season on “Coven” she tackled yet another real person — Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess in Louisiana in the 1800s. Unsurprisingly, she told me she takes playing real people pretty seriously — and had to face the high standards of New Orleans' dwellers. Yeah, I think she did fine, don't you? 

Bassett wasn't the only “American Horror Story: Coven” star I got a chance to speak with on the red carpet. Click the videos below to see what Frances Conroy and Evan Peters had to say about the show, their “Coven” characters and more.

Frances Conroy on playing the coolest characters on “American Horror Story.” 

Evan Peters says he loves playing a wide range of crazy on “American Horror Story.”

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