Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story series has been terrifying audiences since Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, and Zachary Quinto rummaged across Los Angeles’s ghost-ridden “Murder House” during its first season. Yes, Asylum, Coven, and Freak Show were also nail bitters, but as we learned at Hotel’s Hollywood premiere this weekend, season 5 is going to turn us all into scream queens.
While heavy-hitter stars like Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Naomi Campbell, and, of course, Lady Gaga, stepped out for the evening, it was executive producer Falchuk (dressed in Tom Ford) who revealed all of the blood-churning details. “It’s incredibly sexy. It’s incredibly scary, and usually at the same time,” he said of Hotel. “It’s scarier. Straight out. It’s scarier. I must admit, I was in a hotel again recently after the first few weeks of doing the show and I was like, ‘Hm, I never was really scared of being in a hotel and now this is screwing me up a little bit.’ Because a locked door in the hotel means nothing. Nothing. You’re screwed. If it wants you, it’s going to swallow you up.”
As Hotel’s opening sequence reveals, the hallways of the Hotel Cortez are lined with otherworldly creatures, monsters that pop out from underneath your mattress, and a blood-sucking countess (Gaga) obsessed with fashion. So how well does Mother Monster fit the role? “She brings that fearlessness. She brings that level of artistry that truly is like what is an artist, what is a poet. She’s a poet. So when you’re in the presence of a true poet, you can’t help but try and be a little more poetic yourself,” Falchuk said of her hair-raising portrayal.
The mastermind also went on to add that the working with the star has been nothing but rewarding. “It’s been inspiring. I mean, this is one of the greatest artists of all time, one of the great performers of all time, and one of the most fearless human beings of all time,” he said. “So when you have someone like that come into your world, you can't not as a person or artist be totally blown away like, ‘OMG, this is what we aspire to.’ You tend to get a little less scared yourself.”
—With reporting by Brandi Fowler