Is it fall yet? Ryan Murphy, co-creator of “American Horror Story,” and the Season 5 cast of the FX series had us shaking with anticipation -- or was that fear? -- when they divulged some seriously chilling scoops about the show's characters and plot of “Hotel” during the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Check out the nine terrifying things we learned about the upcoming anthology, which is slated to premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 7:
- Murphy divulged that Lady Gaga’s "sexual" character 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's revealed in the first episode and plays out over the course of the season. Gaga starts shooting on Monday.”
- Elizabeth might be the owner of the hotel, but Bates’ character is the establishment's caretaker.
“I play Iris. I run the hotel. I have a relationship with Matt Bomer and 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.”
The actress, who made her “American Horror Story” debut during Season 3, “Coven,” also gave fans some insight on how Iris spends her free time. “I do crossword puzzles in my spare time.”
- They don’t call her Hypodermic Sally just for fun! Paulson’s dark, Season 5 character has a bit of a drug problem.
“I think she’s sexy. She’s a drug addict, and not that drugs 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 the 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 a budding something with Wes’ character. It’s sort of dark and, sorry, you don’t know this yet,” the “American Horror Story” alum described her character.
- The angel-face actor who stole our hearts and haunted our nightmares as Dandy in Season 4’s “Freak Show” will be portraying Tristan Duffy in the upcoming installment.
“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," he dished. Sees all of you? We wonder if audiences will get that same pleasure!
- The “Glee” star will be taking on the role of Will Drake during “Hotel.” He’s a fashion icon who is “trying to creatively reestablish himself, so he moves from New York to Los Angeles.” The actor added that his character is also a father “and a little desperate.”
- O’Hare is channeling his inner “Cleopatra” in Season 5 of “American Horror Story” as he takes on the fabulous role of Liz Taylor -- the 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,” he explained.
- This will be Sevigny’s second appearance in the FX series. She first captivated fans as Shelley during Season 2 of the horrifying anthology, which was themed "Asylum." But now the actress will be portraying the character Alex. “I’m the wife of Wes Bentley, and a mother and a doctor and I'm dealing with a great loss that we had in our family and coming to grips with that, among other things,” she dished.
A Blast From “AHS” Past
- Murphy confirmed during the TCA panel that characters “you have known from other seasons” will be checking into the blood-stained hotel.
What Inspired Hotel
- The show’s co-creator divulged what “American horrors” inspired him to make the Season 5 theme, “Hotel.” Murphy explained that the upcoming season was motivated by the mysterious and horrific death of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old Canadian student who was found dead in a water tank on top of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles in February 2013. Prior to her death, the hotel’s surveillance camera caught Lam suspiciously exiting and reentering an elevator. The unsettling footage went viral.
"There was a surveillance video that went around two years ago that showed a girl getting into an elevator in a hotel that was said to be haunted … and she was never seen again," he said.
"American Horror Story: Hotel" will air its Season 5 premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 10 p.m. EDT on FX.