Paulson declares, “I can confirm now that I’ve read it all that Ryan Murphy has said publicly about the hybrid nature of the tone. [It’s] a real combination of sort of earlier days of ‘Horror Story’ in tone mixed with the newer versions of things. I think he’s kind of doing something again where he’s reinventing it, and its exciting. My character is something I’ve never done on the show before.”
“Kathy Bates is back!” Paulson continues. “I missed her so much, I’m very excited about that.” Other confirmed cast members for “American Horror Story” Season 8 include Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman and new addition Joan Collins.
One of the big hurdles for Paulson in Season 8 will be stepping behind the camera for the first time as a director. “I feel as excited and terrified as I’ve ever felt about doing anything,” she admits nervously. “I can imagine myself doing it in terms of from a performance standpoint, in terms of knowing how to help an actor. But in terms of where to put the camera, I don’t know about that!” She gains comfort though in having the “safety and security” of her “AHS” family behind her.
Paulson is on the 2018 Emmy ballot for her “AHS: Cult” role of Ally Mayfair-Richards, a wife and mother whose phobias and anxieties return after Donald Trump wins the electoral college. Ally soon joins a murderous cult that’s led by the devilish Kai Anderson (Peters), and then she eventually claims her power back when she runs for government office.