Singer/songwriter/TV star Lady Gaga won’t be singing her way through “American Horror Story: Hotel,” according to creator Ryan Murphy.
Despite Murphy’s love of musical numbers — he hired Stevie Nicks to sing in the “AHS: Coven” finale and gave Jessica Lange two campy musical numbers in “Freak Show” — it sounds like the role of the Countess will keep Gaga plenty busy.
As the sexually voracious owner of the hotel, the Countess kills her prey with the sharpened claws of a chain-mail glove. Murphy told Entertainment Weekly that Gaga wasn’t even intimidated by the idea of filming a bloody sex scene with three other actors on the first day of shooting.
“She’s the only actress I think I’ve worked with who wanted to do more explicit stuff than was written. You write a foursome for her, and you expect a lot of questions. She never did that,” Murphy said.
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A tweet from Murphy offered a tidbit about the inspiration behind another character.
“This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64,” he tweeted.
Room 64 is the swanky penthouse where not-yet-insane tycoon Howard Hughes used to spy on starlets in Los Angeles’ infamous Chateau Marmont. Rock stars and actors still check in to it when they want to cause trouble in style.
Others have speculated that the Cortez is based on Sunset Boulevard’s Garden of Allah hotel, the now-demolished celebrity crash pad referenced in “Freak Show.” And yes, the Garden of Allah was the basis for that Don Henley song about Satan finding himself obsolete.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” filmed next door to Murphy’s companion FX series, “American Crime Story,” which will retell the story of the O.J. Simpson trial when it debuts in February. John Travolta, who plays Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro in the true-crime drama, wandered onto the “Horror Story” set to watch some of Gaga’s scenes being filmed. Because things on camera weren’t surreal enough.
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