When Matt Bomer and Paris Jackson learned that “American Horror Stories” would take viewers back to the original Murder House, they couldn’t say no.
“I was running around taking pictures and being a total nerd about it,” Jackson revealed.
FX’s “Horror Stories” is an anthology spinoff of the hit “American Horror Story” series, with each episode featuring a different horror story and cast. The two-part opener, “Rubber (That) Man,” which premiered on Thursday (and is now streaming on Hulu), follows a new family — two house flippers (Bomer and Gavin Krell) and their Tragic daughter, Scarlett (Sierra McCormick) – who moves into the infamous murder house from Season 1 of the original series.
You’ll see some familiar connections to “AHS”, including an infamous rubber suit, a cameo from the Infantata (the stitched remains of a child living in the basement of the Murder House), and the return of Bomer, who starred as the Countess’s lover. did. Donovan in “American Horror Story: Hotel”.
In the new series, Bomer plays Michael, a loving father to a serial-murdered high school girl and the husband of a frustrated co-parent.
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his goal? “Trying to keep your family together, trying to keep your daughter off the rails … and trying to keep your marriage intact,” Bomer says.
“Even though this family is big and sensational, the core of Michael’s story is the fear that there are too many parents in 2021,” Bomer says. “How do you stay connected to your daughter who is going down a path you feel you can’t control?”
Bomer, who is married and aThe proud father of three sons, says it was “rewarding” to play Michael.
“It’s a privilege to play a gay parent,” he says. “I wanted to give those relationships the respect they deserve, because I think the world needs to see and normalize that gay parents have their own problems with their kids.”
In contrast, Paris Jackson, who made her debut on the horror franchise, calls her character – Scarlett’s classmate Maya – “vengeful” and “tough to relate”.
“I really don’t know if there’s any way to describe him in proper language. All the words I use are considered inappropriate,” Jackson quipped.
Maya pretends to be having a romantic flirtation with Scarlett (McCormick), only to publicly humiliate and call her out during a secretly recorded livestream. Jackson admitted that she was initially “angry” for portraying such a mean character, especially after struggling with her sexual identity as a teenager.
“Just the thought of something like this making my blood boil,” Jackson says. “I remember… conflicted about my sexuality and confused at 15, 16 years old. I remember having questions and not really knowing how to present myself or think about it.” How to go.”
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However, what helped her get into character was realizing that Maya was just trying to deal with her sexuality – albeit in an unhealthy way.
“Maya has feelings for Scarlett, and she’s trying to hide it and bury it, but clearly her friends don’t think it’s okay. So she’s doing what she can to make her friends comfortable and Doesn’t tell them who she really is.”
So what can viewers expect next week? Jackson, who has been watching the “AHS” franchise since it premiered in 2011, says viewers of the new anthology series will be rewarded by other callbacks.
Other actors include Kaia Gerber, Billie Lourd, Charles Melton and Danny Trejo.
Bomer says the show’s unpredictability is what makes it so unique. “It’s not an extended season for the show, it’s a new world, a new story every week… you don’t know what you’ll get, and there’s something so fascinating about it.”