Meet the Cast of American Horror Story: Coven

Written by J. Ryan   // August 15, 2013

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It is almost that time of year again, time for you to pull the covers up close and snuggle in to American Horror Story. With the news of Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett set to join the cast of AHS: Coven, this horror fan’s heart nearly exploded with joy. Kathy Bates, who is certainly no stranger to roles with a sprinkle of crazy (think, Annie Wilkes, Misery), will be playing the infamous female serial slave killer Madame LaLaurie. Angela Bassett, will be playing a role loosely based on another real life woman, Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.


While bringing on these two amazing, iconic actresses to join the cast of AHS is very exciting news, they will be joining a cast that already packs a tremendous punch. Returning to American Horror for her third season is Jessica Lange, who has already won multiple awards for her roles on both American Horror Story: Murder House and American Horror Story: Asylum.


On playing Queen Marie Laveau, Angela explained:

“It’s been interesting, being in New Orleans, because there’s such a regard and respect for who she was. She lived to about 80 years old, and she was a very influential person in the city. My character is based loosely on her.”

On her connection to Madame LaLaurie, Kathy continued:

“My Southern accent has come roaring back. Now that that cat is out of the bag, one of the things I enjoyed reading about Madame LaLaurie is that my great-great-grandfather came from Dublin to New Orleans in the 1830s, and he became personal physician to Andrew Jackson. And I read in the book on LaLaurie that his plantation was next door to theirs. So, I was very curious to know whether my grandfather ever met her because I think he would have been there just before she left. I thought that was interesting.”

Meet the Cast of American Horror Story: Coven

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Out of the fifteen listed cast members for American Horror Story, nine of them are returning to the series. Returning are Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Breckenridge, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe and Jamie Brewer. New to the show this year are Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone and Grey Damon.

The majority of the roles are yet undefined, and we already know what Bates and Bassett are bringing to the series, but what about the others? Jessica Lange will be playing a supreme witch named Fiona, and Sarah Paulson will be opposite her once again, but this time as her daughter, Cordelia. Their chemistry in both Season 1 and Season 2 was amazing, so I’m very excited to see them together again for AHS: Coven.

American Horror Story: Coven premieres on October 9, 2013 at 10/9C on FX.





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