Ryan Murphy and company revealed key details about the upcoming season of American Horror Story: Hotel including the premiere date, character names and character descriptions during a panel at the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Although Monster Monster was not in attendance, creator Ryan Murphy revealed juicy tidbits about her character.
Her character’s name is Elizabeth. She owns the hotel, and she is sort of a very wealthy social doyenne who is consumed with art and fashion and people and she has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode and plays out over the course of the season. She starts shooting on Monday.
The full panel included co-creator Brad Falchuk as well as the show’s stars: Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Denis O’Hare and Chloe Sevigny, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley and Angela Bassett, each of whom took turns introducing their respective characters.
Kathy Bates: “I play Iris. I run the hotel. I have relationships with Matt Bomer and with Wes, and I can’t stand [Sarah Paulson], I hate you. And I don’t know yet if I get to work with Angela, I hope I do. And Liz Taylor and I have a very close relationship, and I do crossword puzzles in my spare time.”
Sarah Paulson: “My character this year is quite dark. I think she’s sexy. She’s a drug addict, and not that drug addicts are sexy, but this girl happens to be quite sexy. She’s got a thing. I don’t think it’s like anything I’ve done on this show … I play Sally, I live at the hotel. I hate Iris in a rather ancient way for reasons that are revealed quickly. I have kind of budding something with Wes’s character. It’s sort of dark and, sorry, you don’t know this yet.”
Finn Wittrock: “I’m playing a male model named Tristan Duffy who’s always looking for the next high. And I think he sort of finds his biggest high in Lady Gaga, and they have a lot to do together. She sees all of me.”
Cheyenne Jackson: “Will Drake, fashion icon. He’s trying to creatively reestablish himself, so he moves from New York to Los Angeles. A father, and a little desperate.”
Denis O’Hare: “I’m playing Liz Taylor, movie icon. I’m not actually playing Elizabeth Taylor, but I’m playing a person who is inspired by the awesomeness of things like Butterfield 8 and Cleopatra and eye makeup like that. And I shaved my head for the part and other body parts. I work in the hotel, I work with Kathy, and I work in the bar.”
Chloe Sevigny: “I play Alex, and I’m the wife of Wes Bentley, and a mother and a doctor and dealing with a great loss that we had in our family and coming to grips with that, among other things.”
Additionally it was revealed that Matt Bomer will play Donovan, a denizen of the Hotel Cortez closely associated with Gaga, Bates and Wittrock’s characters, among others. “He has very interesting relationships with the lady folk in his life,” he said.
Wes Bentley will play Detective John Lowe, who is married to Alex (Sevigny). He’s investigating grisly murders, which leads him into checking into the hotel.
Angela Bassett is Ramona Royal, who has a strong “and real nasty relationship” with Gaga and Wittrock’s character. She’s an actress who frequents the hotel.
“We were really inspired by the ideal of this hotel surveillance video that showed girl getting into elevator in haunted hotel and who was never seen again,” said Murphy when asked about his inspiration for the new anthology.
The 13-episode season premieres on October 7 on FX.