Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jessica Lange Says She’s Done With ‘American Horror Story’



Really, what is there left for one to do after playing a nun in charge of an insane asylum, a powerful New Orleans witch, and the proprietor of a Florida freak show? For Jessica Lange, apparently, not much more.

When “American Horror Story” had its premiere in the fall of 2011, Ms. Lange was just one piece of a larger ensemble that included Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton, fresh off “Friday Night Lights.” But as the show became an anthology series — set in a different time and place every season — she quickly became its star. This weekend, she confirmed what many have assumed for several months: she won’t be coming back for the show’s fifth season, subtitled “Hotel.”

When asked at Paleyfest, a TV festival in Los Angeles hosted by the Paley Center for Media, on Sunday night whether she would join Lady Gaga in Season 5, Ms. Lange said: “We’ve had a great run. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters, and in all the madness, I loved the writers, actors, Ryan, the whole insanity of it, the stories, shooting here, shooting in New Orleans, everything. To cut to the chase, yes, I’m done.”

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