Sunday, November 28, 2021

Angela Bassett Reveals Role in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’

Actress Angela Bassett onstage during the 'AHS: Hotel' panel discussion at the FX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.
Actress Angela Bassett onstage during the ‘AHS: Hotel’ panel discussion at the FX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

*Angela Bassett returns to Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” anthology series this fall in its fifth incarnation, set at a hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

“American Horror Story: Hotel,” Murphy says, will focus on addictions, with a handful of characters dealing with a drug habit.

Bassett said she is not one of them.

“I play Ramona Royale,” she told the Television Critics Association during its press tour Friday morning in Beverly Hills. “She’s sexy, but not in a drug addicty kind of way.”

“The character is also a fabulous actress of the day,” Bassett added. “I don’t live at the hotel but I visit very often.”

Actress Angela Bassett speaks onstage during the 'AHS: Hotel' panel discussion at the FX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California
Actress Angela Bassett speaks onstage during the ‘AHS: Hotel’ panel discussion at the FX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

Bassett also suggested that Ramona is somehow linked romantically to a woman named Stephanie, who, in turn, is attached to Matt Bomer’s character Donovan, “a denizen of the hotel,” Bomer told critics.

“I have a very strong, real lasting relationship with Stephanie, so I’m sure I’ll be at odds with Donovan, who gets the girl,” Bassett said.

ahs hotel cast
(L-R) Creator/writer/director Ryan Murphy, creator/writer/executive producer Brad Falchuk, actors Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloe Sevigny, Denis O’Hare, Cheyenne Jackson and Finn Wittrock speak onstage during the ‘AHS: Hotel’ panel discussion at the FX portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

Among other returning “AHS” regulars, Kathy Bates plays Iris, who runs the hotel; and Sarah Paulsen is Sally, who lives at the hotel and hates Iris “for reasons that will be revealed quickly,” she said.

Lady Gaga joins the cast as hotel owner, Elizabeth. Murphy details her character below:

“American Horror Story: Hotel” premieres Oct. 7 on FX.

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