Here’s What Pepper From ‘American Horror Story’ Looks Like Without Her Hideous Makeup

We haven’t spent much time talking about American Horror Story this season, at least compared to the coverage we’ve given to fellow FX programs Justified, Louie, or Archer, but we must at least mention this week’s episode, which involved an alien abduction, a serial killer, a musical number, two main characters being incinerated, electroshock therapy, and a nun raping a Monsignor — and this was one of the less batsh*t nuts episodes of the season.

American Horror Story is one of those shows that’s basically immune to criticism. It’s intentionally set up to make no f*cking sense, and that’s why it’s been so great; it doesn’t take itself too seriously, unlike those OTHER Ryan Murphy shows, so you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy MURDER SANTA.

AHS also has one of the season’s biggest breakout stars in Pepper, Briarcliff’s microcephalic patient, as played by Naomi Grossman. Pepper is, in a word, notattractivethoseteeth, but I was curious what Goodman, an LA-based Groundlings alum, looked like without her baldcap on. The makeup team deserves all the Emmys.

That’s a far cry from this:

Or this:

And definitely this:

Anyway, the Huffington Post spoke to Grossman about playing Pepper, and fan reaction to the character.

Did you have any trepidations about playing Pepper?