First of all, welcome back to “American Horror Story.” We haven’t seen you since “Hotel.” What was your first reaction to not only finding out that you were going to be in the Murder House, the place that started it all, but also being in an episode with the Rubber Man?
Well, Brian had reached out to me back in maybe November, and told me that he was going to be doing an anthology series. I grew up loving sci-fi and horror anthology series like “Twilight Zone,” “Tales from the Dark Side,” “Tales from the Crypt,” and more recently “Black Mirror” and shows like that. It was really intriguing for me, because you get to come in, have some fun, and then go. And then when he told me that it was going to take place in this iconic location that I’d fallen in love with in the first season, I was even more intrigued. And then I knew that the Rubber Man was going to be involved in some way and I thought, “Okay, this is close to my house. I’ve taken care of my family the past year and maybe it’s time to venture out into the world and have a little ‘American Horror Stories’ fun.”
When you were filming this episode, were you secretly hoping that Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, or any of the other season one cast members would make some sort of secret last-minute appearance?
Well, of course. I mean, who wouldn’t hope that suddenly Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, or Taissa Farmiga walk into a scene with you? I mean, there are things I can’t say and there are things that we shot that didn’t make it in — it’s kind of a bigger story. That’s not my business to tell.
You played Andy in an episode of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and you played Donovan in “Hotel,” which was obviously your meatiest role, and now Michael in “American Horror Stories.” In this franchise, there’s a lot of connective tissue, and they have a tendency to revisit past seasons or storylines. Out of the three roles you’ve played so far, who is your favorite, and would you be up for revisiting all three of them in the future if the opportunity should arise?
I think it’d be fun if they ever do an “American Horror Stories” episode that dips into the “Freak Show” world, just to have Andy trying to find a trick in the back of a bar, even if it’s just in the background. No, I have enjoyed them all for different reasons. And I do think that, as a parent and as a husband, there were aspects of Michael I related to and was interested in and found funny and scary and so, I think because it’s the most recent one, he’s the one that I kind of relate to the most.