“ Before I ever start a job that I’m really excited about, I usually have some sleepless nights or weeks or months. But that anticipation for a person like me… I don’t do so well with a lot of time off. “
“ I’m not the best actor I can be, so I’m just working on it. I’m not the quickest reader in the world but when I get an acting book I can read it in two days. ”
Jessica Lange at a press conference on the Photobiennale 2014 at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow, Russia.
I’m my own person, and am trying to carve out a career on my own. - Emma Roberts
E: How do Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the rest of the AHS crew and cast inspire you and what has been the most rewarding part of playing Pepper on “American Horror Story?”
Naomi Grossman: Again, watching and working alongside so many people, all at the top of the profession, and who care so much about the end-product, is really inspiring. As far as the most rewarding part, I don’t know where to begin. On one level, I just like to act, and she’s given me the chance to do that. But then there’s the “Pepper for President” posters around town, and the tattoos on fans’ arms/legs, and the invitations to worldwide horror cons, the fact that I’m even talking to you… It’s been a real ride. And the fact that I get to do it all over again makes it even more dreamy!
E: How about the current vibe and sense of camaraderie among the cast?
Naomi Grossman: It’s great! Even better than “Asylum.” Because with “Asylum,” we’d work, then just go home, back to our normal lives. Whereas here, we’re stuck with each other! We’re each other’s co-workers and social life. Fortunately, everyone’s really supportive and awesome. The other day, I visited one of the “freaks” who happened to be in the hospital. This is her first time doing something theatrical— before this, she’d only done documentaries about her condition. I opened the hospital door, and there stood Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson. I thought, how cool, to have that range of people in a room: from Emmy winners, to nominees, to people like me, to people who were working at the Grease Monkey before this. So yeah, the camaraderie’s pretty awesome. [x]
" I feel like the idea of reliving moments we qualify as “the best times” sounds better than it is. I am guilty of reminiscing and dying for the chance to be able to go back to a time that brings smiles to my face and butterflies to my stomach. But then I think about it, and what if you go back and end up discovering the imperfections of the moment? Then that special cherished occasion is tainted. Too difficult of a decision. I think we’re lucky to have our memories. ”
Kate Mara for Playboy Magazine
Connie Britton for Redbook magazine.
Evan Peters by Tyler Shields