Actor had to pronounce “the most amazing words that I had never heard before”
“American Horror Story: Hotel” star Evan Peters revealed that he had to use a dictionary, as well as a dialect coach, to properly learn his lines for his character James March.
“I loved Mr. March’s dialogue,” Peters said during an interview with TheWrap. His lines, he said, were “the most amazing words that I had never heard before. I was using my dictionary a lot and trying to figure out how to pronounce them. Once I did, I loved them.”
Peters’ favorite line of the entire fifth season of the FX anthology series? “Felicitations to the happy couple!”
The actor plays James March, a sadistic serial killer who owns the Hotel Cortez.
“It’s sort of like a family on set, really,” he added. “We’re all sort of working together to make these really dark and insane scenes come to life.”
“It’s pretty intense, [there’s] a lot of downtime to get into character and learn your lines and chat,” he continued. “But from action to cut, it’s pretty intense, everyone takes it very seriously. It’s a great atmosphere to work in.”
And off of the set, Peters has plenty of amusing interactions with fans.
“They’re just like … ‘Did anyone ever tell you you look like that guy from ‘Horror Story?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I get that a lot!’ And then they’re like, ‘Oh okay cool, are you that guy?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah I’m that guy.’ And they’re like, ‘No way, let me see some I.D.’”
But the fans “are the reason we get all bloody and crazy, they just love it.”
Ever since American Horror Story’s 2011 beginnings, Evan Peters has been an indispensable part of the action. As Tate Langdon in Murder House, Kit Walker in Asylum, Kyle Spencer in Coven, Jimmy Darling in Freak Show and James Patrick March in Hotel, Peters held his own alongside such veteran actors as Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy and Kathy Bates. Peters, for his part, is grateful to AHS’ creator Ryan Murphy for bringing him back again and again. “Ryan has always just been very giving to me when it comes to the show,” Peters says, “and has always given me amazing roles that I love.”
AHS has also brought Peters plenty of notice elsewhere–he was cast as Quicksilver in X-Men: Apocalypse after director Bryan Singer saw him on AHS, and is now set to appear in the Bryan Buckley-directed Where The White Man Runs Away, co-starring Al Pacino and Melanie Griffith.
What do you think has made you a mainstay of the show? And now you’re coming back for Season 6.
I don’t know. I really like the show. I really want to do a great job and I don’t take for granted the characters that they give me. It is a very out-there show, so I try to make it as real as I can, but all the while having a fun time with it. They’ve been very nice to me and I hope they keep inviting me back to play with their writing. I’d do it forever. I love working on the show and I love working with their writing and also with the other actors as well.
Can you hint at all about Season 6?
I don’t know what’s coming next, so no I can’t. I would love to know. When you know, let me know.
What have been your favorite roles so far in AHS?
Mr. March has been my favorite so far. I like Tate a lot and I like Mr. March. Playing the villain is really fun–especially a character as colorful as Mr. March–and just that 1930s art deco craziness that he had going on, with the whiskey drinking, smoking, suit-wearing kind of guy. It was a very fun role to play. Then also Tate was a very complex role as well. I like playing the villain, but I like trying to figure out why they are that way and trying to sympathize with them a little bit in some way. Maybe some people are innately evil, but then there’s always something that sort of pushes them over the edge and makes them act on those thoughts or feelings, so I always try to figure out what that was and try to give it some sort of justification so that I’m not just playing evil for evil’s sake.
Another constant on the show is Sarah Paulson and now she’s back again too for Season 6. How has it been working with her?
She is amazing. First of all to me, Sarah’s hilarious. She’s very funny and very quick-witted and just a lovely person. I love working with her. I love knowing her and talking to her, laughing with her. And then you get into the fact that she’s more than talented. Last year she was working on Marcia Clark (American Crime Story) and on Horror Story and I don’t know how she was doing that. That was crazy to me. But she was so professional and seasoned almost. She knows how to do it and how to get it done and just does it. It’s not always easy and she fights that and fights through that and makes it look really easy.
What’s been the most challenging thing that you could’ve pushed yourself to do as part of the series?
Well, last year was pretty difficult when I first got the role. I originally was going to play Tristan and then sort of last minute, Ryan was like, “Will you play this Mr. March guy?” And I was like, “Oh s—. I don’t know if I can do that.” He’s like, “And I want you to talk like you’re from the 1930s.” Okay. I didn’t quite know how to do that either, so I just watched a lot of My Man Godfrey and William Powell and just tried to research it to come up with a backstory that would justify me being this role. Originally I think it was written as a 40-something year-old man. I don’t look like I’m 40, and to try to play that is ridiculous, so I just tried to make it as this really young successful man, similar to a young oil tycoon or something like that, where he’s got all this money and power and he’s a total monster inside. I had a blast doing it.
How about some of those awkward scenes?
I blocked them out. I’m like, “I can’t even think about it.” There’s a scene where I’m having sex and cutting this girl up. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. I was in my trailer trying to work it out. It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. And then to top it all off, you have to drop your drawers and be naked while you’re doing it. It was weird. Very, very weird. At one point, they had to have me tape… never mind. I don’t even want to go there. I talked to makeup and I said, “I want to be like a shark with all those scars on them,” so they gave me some really cool back scars and that sort of helped me get out of myself and get into Mr. March. God love her, the poor girl who was on the receiving end was very gracious and made it very easy to do.
How was working with Lady Gaga? She’s relatively new to acting.
Well, I mean to me, it was exciting because she is new to acting, but she is very good at it and was willing to get into it more than a lot of veteran actors, so it was very refreshing and cool to see her dive into it. Each take was very different and sometimes a little scary because you didn’t know what you were going to get. You didn’t know if she was going to be actually hitting you or freaking out or whatnot. It was all very instinctual, which was very cool to work with and sort of get you out of your head and sort of back into the instinct of acting. It was awesome to work with her. I learned a lot.
What can you say about the film Where the White Man Runs Away?
It’s about a journalist named Jay Bahadur. It’s based on a true story about a guy who goes to Somalia by himself at age 24 to write about the Somali pirates to get a book deal. It’s sort of his trials and tribulations but also, you know, growing to love the Somali culture and learning about them and about himself. It’s a big-fish-out-of-water story. It’s also very funny.
How did you prep for the part?
I read Jay’s book and it is very interesting and very informative about the whole Somali culture. Most of the cast are Somali refugees. It was kind of amazing to work with them and learn a lot about them and integrate into their mindset.
I’ve added a Photoshoot of Evan for Deadline,sadly there is only 1 photo but still enjoy!
I’ve added a photo of Evan’s photoshoot for GQ style sadly there is only one photo at the moment,hopefully there will be more released!
OCCUPATION: X-Man. (He plays Quicksilver in X-Men: Apocalypse.)
THE SUIT: Denim. On denim. On denim. [American flag emoji.]
(SOURCE)As always, FX has kept tight-lipped about what the future holds for showrunner Ryan Murphy’s hit series American Horror Story. The show’s premiere date and subject matter are often revealed much closer to its release, usually around August or September, intentionally leaving fans in the dark.
Even though we’re just now ramping up for summer, it’s never too early to start speculating on what American Horror Story has in store for us come Season 6.
Recently, Evan Peters talked to GoldDerby about his latest project, X-Men: Apocalypse, and American Horror Story. Over the course of the 18-minute interview, Peters revealed some insight into his work on the show thus far, whether or not he’ll return for Season 6, and what he hopes to see in the future.
On Which AHS Character He Would Like To Reprise
“I’d want to play Tate. I want to see what’s going on with that animal. [Is] he still in that house, trapped? Or maybe even see him, you know, before everything went totally haywire, to sort of see that lighter side of him. Maybe a little bit more about what turned him into what he became. I think that would be interesting. I don’t know how [showrunners] would do that.”
On Which Other AHS Actor He Would Most Like To See Return
“I want to work again with Dylan McDermott. I really miss him. I had a blast working with him on the first season, and I thought he’s such a great actor. And he was so nice, and I just really liked working with him a lot. I’d love to work with him again and see him come back as a more central role, you know? I think that would be amazing.”
On Whether He’s Returning For Season 6 Of AHS
“Yeah, I think so. I have no idea [who I’m playing]. We shall see. When you know let me know, because it’d be great to know!”
On Which Horror Subject Matter He Would Like To See AHS Tackle Next
Werewolves? Just kidding. I don’t know. I always say space. I know we already did aliens, but I really want to see a world where we’re trapped in space and something happens. Maybe people start to go a little stir crazy and turn on each other. … I don’t know, it’s a tough question. [Ryan Murphy] has tackled quite a bit. … American Horror Story: Space Station.”
On How Long He Plans On Being Involved With The Show
“It’s a year-by-year thing. And I would go as long as it goes. I love the show. I love the people who work on it. … Everybody is just amazing to work with. … I’ve been very fortunate to be able to play a different character every season and I would keep that going forever.”