In a conference call with American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange today, I asked her if she could recall the “a-ha moment” when she realized she could play creepy really, really well.
“I don’t think of any of my characters as creepy,” Lange said.
“They might be misguided. They might be crazy. But definitely not creepy.”
Lange, of course, currently is playing Sister Jude in the second season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, the full title of which is American Horror Story: Asylum (FX, FX Canada).
In season one, which told an entirely different self-contained story, Lange played – I’m sorry, Jessica, it’s true – a creepy neighbour named Constance. Lange also will be back for season three, whatever that might entail.
“There’s nothing that appeals to me more than playing madness,” Lange continued. “And that I do know how to dip into. But that’s quite different than creepy.
“I’m sorry,” Lange added with a chuckle. “I don’t find anything creepy about these characters.”
Uh, you really need to go back and watch them, Jessica Lange.