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Sarah Paulson talks about her role of Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum

30 September 2013

Check into Briarcliff as the second terrifying slice of the Emmy-award winning anthology show American Horror Story: Asylum comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on 23 September 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The year is 1964 as we’re introduced to the doctors and nuns who occupy the asylum alongside Nazis, mutants, innocents and serial killers who all make up the fabric of patients. These include Sister Jude (Emmy award-winner Jessica Lange - Cape Fear), Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell - L.A. Confidential), Dr Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto - Star Trek) and Kit Walker (Evan Peters - the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past), a patient assumed to be the notorious masked serial killer Bloodyface. As journalist Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson - Martha, Marcy, May Marlene) visits Briarcliff intent on exposing its mistreatment of patients, she unearths unthinkable horrors that could end with her very own imprisonment.

Meanwhile, in the present day, two young adults visiting the now-derelict asylum are stalked by another incarnation of Bloodyface...

Asylum see’s cast returns from the brilliant Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Dylan McDermott (Olympus Has Fallen) who are joined by new additions James Cromwell and Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love). There are also guest appearances from Ian McShane (Deadwood) and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, all who complete the stellar cast line up.

From the creators of Glee and Nip/Tuck, every new episode of American Horror Story: Asylum brings a fresh amount of insanity-fuelled shock, horror and gore to surprise even the most hardened of fans. This season has earned more rave reviews than its predecessor, earning three nominations for the upcoming Emmy awards including Best Actress (Lange), Supporting Actress (Paulson) and Supporting Actor (both Cromwell and Quinto).

Authentically stylish and scary as hell, be sure to visit Briarcliff when American Horror Story: Asylum comes to Blu-ray and DVD on 23 September 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Be warned: once you enter, you may find it impossible to leave.


Is Ryan Murphy a calculated genius or not?

Well I certainly think it's meant to be organic to the premise.  I know that it's very out there but I think that's what makes it so exciting.  It's a very visceral viewing experience and I know that Ryan has a very specific editing style.  He works with the same editors I believe on most of these shows.  And there's a kind of aggressiveness to the editing which I think helps to tell the story.  It's what he wants in terms of calculation. 


There is a line in the second episode where it says “times may have changed but the nature of evil hasn't”.  Do you think that's what people are so galvanized by in this universe?

Yes, I really loved the first season but this party thing is 20 times more terrifying because it's based in reality.  I think a very horrifying reality but a reality nevertheless because the first year there were a lot of, if you died in the house you know your character was a ghost.  I personally don't really believe in ghosts.  I haven't had any encounters and I'd like to keep it that way.  So whereas this year it's really a sort of psychological terror and people who have power versus the powerless.  In 1964 there was a certain stopping point where you couldn't pass if you didn't have enough power.  This show really explores that, which is very terrifying.  The idea that women, like my character, could get committed to an institution specifically for being a lesbian in 1964 is a pretty terrifying concept when you think about it.