I just started watching American Horror Story & am currently on the second season. One thing I find interesting about this show is how each season is different but with some of the same actors. Because of this aspect I decided to do a quick post about the recurring actors/actresses in the show throughout the first 4 seasons.
The Harmons face many conflicts going on in their new home; the primary one stemming from Ben Harmon‘s adultery, and the subsequent fallout with his wife Vivien and daughter Violet. Other conflicts include the intrusive behavior of the neighbors, Constance and Adelaide, as well as intrusions from one of Dr. Harmon’s patients, Tate. A parade of mysterious visitors to their haunted home, including the scarred Larry Harvey make the first year of the Harmons in Los Angeles very dangerous. The house seems to have a vivid history, ranging from brutal murders to demonic manifestations, and it seems to have its own agenda.
The first season was dubbed Murder House by fans since it did not have a subtitle.
The subtitle is fitting since it surrounds the Harmon’s who moved into a house that has been plagued with death for decades. The house also has a curse, if you die there you are stuck there forever.
In a New England sanitarium, presided by ministers of faith and science, the innocent and the mad run from greater dangers and their own pasts. Bookended by modern day explorations of the ruins, a darker mystery lies in wait for victims.
American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town determined to protect the Coven and hell bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.
Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
Jessica Lange (Season 1-4)
Jessica Lange had a lead role in all four seasons. From the Harmon’s nosey neighbour who knows a little too much about murder house in season 1, to the head nun with an interesting past in Season 2, to Supreme Witch Fiona Goode in season 3 and finally Ring Master Elsa Mars in season 4.
Evan Peters (Season 1-4)
Evan Peters also had a lead role in all four seasons. Beginning with the psychopathic yet somewhat likeable ghost in Season 1, A wrongfully convicted man in Asylum, A frat boy in season 3 & A sideshow act in season 4.
Sarah Paulson (Season 1-4)– Paulson has been in all four seasons as well, with a lead role from season 2 on. She has played a psychic in season 1, arguably the main character in season 2 a homosexual reporter who gets locked up in Asylum, The headmaster at a boarding school for young witches in Coven and Bette & Dot Tattler in Freak Show.
Lily Rabe (Season 1-4)–One of the only 2 actors to portray the same character more than once. She was a secondary character in season 1 as Nora Montgomery, returning as a lead character in Asylum as Sister Mary Eunice McKee, the character she returns as in freak show as well as a witch with the ability to bring animals back from the dead in Coven.
Frances Conroy- (Season 1-4)-The final actress who has been in all four season. Frances Conroy portrayed the Harmon’s maid Moira in season 1, The angel of death in Asylum, an employee of the boarding school in Coven and finally society woman Gloria Mott in Freak Show.
Other Recurring Actors:
– Dylan McDermott (Season 1 &2)
– Denis O’Hare (Season 1,3 &4)
– Emma Roberts (Season 3&4)
– Angela Bassett (Season 3&4)
– Kathy Bates (Season 3&4)
– Taissa Farmiga (Season 1 &3)
– Zachary Quinto (Season 1 &2)
– Jamie Brewer (Season 1 &3)
– Alexandra Breckenridge (Season 1 & 3)
There are more but those are some of the main ones.
I am so excited to finish the series, really excited that after the season I am on Kathy Bates is in the next two (LOVE HER). Would like to point out that Jessica Lange & Evan Peters make this show, they are incredible and own their roles.
So if you haven’t seen American Horror Story, I strongly recommend it. It is available on American Netflix.