On April 13 The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that actress Sarah Paulson will be returning for ‘American Horror Story: Hotel,” and she will be playing a more sinister character. Paulson has appeared in the previous four seasons of the popular series, and is now the latest actress in the group to sign on for season five. Paulson also appeared during the PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles when the new season and subtitle were first announced.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted the casting this morning, as he has done with the previous casting announcements for this season. He also teased that the character she would be playing is the “baddest girl of them all.” The actress joins a cast that already includes singer Lady Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Chloe Sevigny and Kathy Bates. With her casting, Paulson is the first actress to land a role in the new season of the series as well as Murphy’s new season “American Crime Story,” about the O.J. Simpson trial.
In “American Horror Story: Murder House,” Paulson portrayed a medium named Billie Dean Howard who was brought in by Constance (Jessica Lange) to help Tate Langdon’s spirit move on from the house. In “American Horror Story: Asylum,” the actress played reporter Lana Winters, who is investigating Briarcliff Manor for their patient practices. In season three, Paulson plays Cordelia Fox, the daughter of the Supreme and the headmaster of Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. In season four, Paulson portrayed both Bette and Dot Tattler, a two-headed woman who is the main attraction for the local freak show.
According to Entertainment Weekly on April 13, Paulson’s casting is no surprise as the actress has expressed interest in returning for the new season. She also recently revealed that the show is currently her focus for as longs Murphy will work with her. Paulson described the show as “getting the best deal in town” and she has “never felt so completely seen by another director.” Paulson has earned a Critics Choice Television Award for her role as Lana Winters and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2013. A nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2014.
The new thirteen-episode season is expected to begin filming in the coming weeks in the Los Angeles area. The new season is slated to debut on FX in the late fall, and ratings for the show has been rising since it debuted back in 2011. In addition to her television work, Paulson has had a successful career in both theatre and feature films, which she works on during breaks from filming the series.