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Kathy Bates stars in American Horror Story: Freak Show as a bearded lady

Kathy Bates stars in American Horror Story: Freak Show as a bearded lady

Kathy Bates stars in American Horror Story: Freak Show as a bearded lady

Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Sarah Paulson have talked about the tough makeovers they had for American Horror Story: Freak Show.

The stars of the new season of the hit horror TV series include Kathy as a bearded lady, Angela as a woman with three breasts and Sarah as a character with two heads.

Sarah explained her two-headed alter ego was the toughest acting challenge she had faced: "I can honestly say it's the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

"The most difficult thing is, I cannot make contact with myself, the character's heads are such that they're never able to look into one another's eyes. They don't have that head rotation, the only time they can share an expression or a moment is when they're looking into a mirror.

"That's a hard thing to do to act with yourself. I like to act looking at other faces like Kathy Bates or Jessica Lange, and not being able to do that makes it really hard. But I have plenty of scenes with both of them so I'm able to get my acting juice going."

Angela talked about the awkward transformation she underwent to build her character's third breast: "Really it's about an hour to get in it. It takes forever, there's little modesty there, you've got two guys who are on you and they're taking pictures of you, and pretty soon you have to get over it.

"It looks so life-like, so real, they're so good at what they do, but there's something just a little weird about having two men there, checking the colours, spraying, touching, whatever. I got some Netflix put in my ear, just tried to zone out."

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She added that there had been some changes to the prosthetics: "They figured it out because the initial ones were very, very heavy and then after 100 degree heat in Louisiana they began to sag. Now, come on - when you've got three, you do not want that going on."

But Kathy said she had got used to her character's beard, as had her co-star Gabourey Sidibe: "Gabby showed up the other day and looked at me and she said, 'That looks really good, it's the new black'."

American Horror Story: Freak Show airs in the UK on Fox from October 20.


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